Rattlers take down defending HBCU National Champs

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Marcus Williams caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Rasean McKay for the walkoff overtime victory as the Florida A&M University football team took down the defending Black College National Champions, North Carolina A&T State, 34-31 in overtime, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game on Sunday afternoon at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

 Florida A&M (6-1 overall, 4-0 MEAC) entered the game as the No. 2 team in the Black College Football Poll and that is sure to change after Sunday’s thrilling win. Meanwhile, North Carolina A&T State (4-2, 2-1) began the day ranked No. 10 in the STATS FCS Top 25, No. 11 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 1 in the Black College Football Poll.

Bowie State Bulldogs Shuts Down Virginia State 24-14

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ETTRICK, Va. – The No. 16 ranked Bowie State Bulldogs kept its record unblemished, as the Bulldogs spoiled the Virginia State Homecoming, beating the Trojans 24-14. The win improves Bowie State to 7-0 on the year, 4-0 in league play and 2-0 in the North.

“I felt we played a complete game today … Defense played well at times, offense played well at times and special teams made a couple of plays … we just lend on each other this time, it was just a game dominated by our offense or dominated by our defense, this was a complete team win”, said Bowie State head coach Damon Wilson.

Wildcats Ride Wave of Fast Start and Defensive Effort in Homecoming Victory over Maroon Tigers

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FORT VALLEY, Ga. – As Tropical Storm Nestor blew in for Saturday, the Wildcats rode its wave of precipitation successfully for their fifth victory in a row. Fort Valley State found the end zone on its first three offensive possessions and saw its defensive unit record the best performance in over two years of a 37-21 win over Morehouse College.

Starting its Homecoming contest, the Wildcats (5-2/3-0 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference East) put 20 points in the first 12:04 of the day on a pair of Slade Jarman passes and a 13-yard Jamari Clark run. The FVSU defense took over from there as it allowed Morehouse (2-5/0-3 SIAC East) only 128 yards and two field goals.

The FVSU victory was the program’s fifth-straight and the squad’s first 5-game win streak since the 2012 campaign where the fourth win of that run was over Morehouse.

W.Virginia State comes up short against Urbana, 35-31

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INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The West Virginia State University football team suffered its first Mountain East Conference (MEC) defeat by a score of 35-31 versus Urbana on Saturday afternoon. A fourth quarter shootout between two of the league’s top quarterbacks ultimately decided the game.

West Virginia State (5-2, 5-1 MEC) falls to third place in the league standings after the loss. Undefeated Notre Dame (Ohio) holds on to first place, while Frostburg State (6-1, 6-1 MEC) sits in second with one more conference game in hand. Urbana (5-2, 5-2 MEC) stays on the heels of WVSU in fourth place following the win.


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SURPRISE, Ariz. – Playing the most important game in the young history of the program, the 17th-ranked OUAZ football team was up to the moment in securing a 27-7 win over 15th-ranked Langston on Saturday night at Spirit Field.

In winning the game fans voted as the NAIA Game of the Week, OUAZ (7-0, 5-0 Sooner) did something that no conference team had done since 2016 and defeat Langston (4-2, 3-1) to snap their 24-game conference winning streak. The Spirit ended the streak despite scoring their fewest points in a game in program history.

Backup quarterback Bubba McDaniel helps Southern avoid upset vs. Texas Southern

DALLAS — Southern’s backup quarterback Glendon “Bubba” McDaniel came into the ballgame in the 2nd quarter to relieve starter Ladarius Skelton who left the game ill, and proceeded to break the Jaguars out of a 7-7 tie game leading them to a 28-21 victory against Texas Southern.

McDaniel, who was No. 3 on the Jaguars QB Depth Chart last season, won the backup job in fall camp, threw for a career-high 252 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. 

Southern (4-3, 3-0) had 489 yards of total offense while Texas Southern (0-7, 0-3) had 516 yards of total offense. QB Devin Williams led the Tigers with 29 completions on 44 passes, 335 yards. Trailing 21-7 at the start of the 4th quarter, Williams went on to score 2 rushing touchdowns from 14 and 4 yards out. A fumble by Donnie Corley at the Southern 25 with 02:40 to play cost TSU a chance at tying the game.

TSU takes on Mississippi Valley State on the road October 26, kickoff set for 1 p.m.  Southern travels to SWAC East Division leader, Alcorn State on October 26, kickoff at 3 p.m.

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Pough Captures Coaching Record In 24-10 Win Over Bears

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ORANGEBURG, SC–– South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough reached the highest milestone of his coaching career, surpassing Hall of Fame coach Willie Jeffries to become Winningest Coach in School History in a 24-10 victory over Morgan State Saturday (Oct. 19th) at Oliver. C. Dawson Stadium/Willie Jeffries Field.

Pough in his 18th season captured his 129th victory breaking the record of 128 wins previously held by Jeffries.

“This is a surreal moment at this point in my career,” said Pough.” To reach a milestone of this magnitude is awesome feeling and I am glad I had a chance to share it with my family and friends.  Thank you to all the people that played a role in me reaching this accomplishment from the fans, alumni, faculty and administration.”


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RALEIGH, N.C. – Freshman running back Sidney Gibbs (Black Mountain, NC) scored a career-high three touchdowns to lead the Shaw University football team to an exciting 27-20 Homecoming victory over the visiting Livingstone College Blue Bears Saturday afternoon at the George Williams Athletic Complex. Gibbs three touchdowns ties the program record of most TD rushes in a single game which has now occurred nine times after today.

The Bears tallied a total of 471 offensive yards, including 151 rushing and 320 passing ignited by Gibbs who finished with a game-high 161 yards on 21 carries and three TD’s. Senior quarterback Vidal Woodruff (Tampa, FL) was 15-of-23 in pass completions for 151 yards while Gibbs also led the receiving unit with five catches worth 63 yards.

Tuskegee wins second straight, drops Central State 21-10

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Tuskegee, ALA — Tuskegee scored 14 second half points and held Central State below 50 yards rushing to earn its second straight win of the season in a 21-10 victory over the Mauraders. The rainy and wet weather conditions combined with the stingy Golden Tigers defense held Central State to 112 yards of total offense.

The victory improves TU to 3-1 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) play, 3-4 overall.  Central State dropped to 2-5 overall, 1-1 in conference.

Cats Withstand Spartans’ surge

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Akevious Williams threw  for 274 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another, and Isaac Washington rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown as Bethune-Cookman fended off  Norfolk State for a 35-22 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory Saturday night at Daytona Stadium.

The Spartans (2-6 overall, 1-3 MEAC) closed to 28-22 on Kevin Johnson’s 4-yard run to start the fourth quarter and kept it within a touchdown after holding the Wildcats (6-1,4-0) to Xavier McDonald’s third field goal with 10:35 left.

FSU Broncos Upends J.C. Smith for 35-34 Victory in the Final Moments

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Charlotte, NC – Fayetteville State battled back in its final moments to defeat Johnson C. Smith 35-34 to remain undefeated in CIAA and divisional play (4-0; 2-0) and improve to 6-1 overall.

Johnson C. Smith (2-5, 1-3 CIAA, 0-2 Div.) scored back-to-back touchdowns in the start of the fourth quarter to take a 34-23 lead with 9:20 left in the game. 

Stevie Green (Washington, NC) carried a 23-yard pass reception to the one-yard line and punched it through on the next play to cap an 11-play 67-yard drive in a little over three minutes to bring Fayetteville State within six with 6:02 left in the game.

Keyshawn James (Cayce, SC) tackled Emanuel Wilson for a loss of three yards to stop the Golden Bulls on a third-and-one to force a JCSU punt.

With 3:35 left in the game, Richard Latimer (Charlotte, NC) completed four of five passes for a 57-yard drive that ended with a 43-yard pass to Brandon Person-Boyd (Greensboro, NC) for the win with 2:02 left in the game.

Second Half Surge Lifts VUU to 41-34 Win

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Richmond, VA — Virginia Union University overcame a 14-0 deficit as the Panthers scored 27 straight points to take a 41-34 football win over Chowan University on Saturday, October 19, at Hovey Field in Richmond, Va.

VUU’s Tabyus Taylor raced for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries as VUU gained the win on Homecoming Saturday for the Panthers.

Virginia Union’s Khalid Morris completed 18 of 29 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Vikings Overpower Lions 34-18 for a Homecoming Victory

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.- The Vikings overpower the Lions of Lincoln University to secure a 34-18 homecoming victory Saturday at Roebuck Stadium. 

Everyone in Roebuck Stadium today will remember the name Dajuan Greene (Washington, D.C). Greene was on fire today for the Vikings with three touchdowns and 184 yards on ten receptions. Deon Yarborough also gave the Vikings pass game some versatility with his three receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown in today’s win. 

“I just wanted to come out and make a play,” shared Greene. “Coach told me before the game today that he needed me to make a play today and big time players make big plays.” 

Sophomore quarterback Kedrick Patterson (Winston Salem, NC) threw for 343 yards today completing 18 out of 27 passes with five touchdowns in the air.

‘Breds roll up season-high 40 points

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JACKSON, TENN. – The Kentucky State University football team scored a season-high 40 points in beating Lane in convincing fashion, 40-20, on their Homecoming Saturday in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.

It’s the most points in a victory since a 47-14 win over Lane on November 1, 2014.

Kentucky State rattled off 24 unanswered points in the second quarter and through the first drive of the third quarter to put distance between them and the Dragons.

Blue Tigers Run Away in the Second Half for a 27-9 Homecoming Win

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Hosea Franklin rushed for 205 yards and a score and Chancellor Johnson had both rushing and passing touchdowns as the Lincoln football team defeated Northeastern State, 27-9, in LU’s annual Homecoming game on Saturday (Oct. 19).

Lincoln had 310 rushing yards as a team, but it was the LU defense that opened the scoring, with Cody Alexander returning an interception 81 yards for a touchdown to put the Blue Tigers ahead, 6-0, early in the second quarter. The first half was a defensive tussle, with Northeastern State not getting on the scoreboard until late in the second period.

Panthers Roll Over Dragons in Homecoming Victory

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PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – The Prairie View A&M football team cruised to a resounding 51-0 homecoming victory over Virginia-Lynchburg Saturday afternoon at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers rolled up 632 total yards of offense at the expense of the Dragons, who were limited to just 198 yards of offense. In a nearly balanced display, Prairie View A&M threw for 338 yards and rushed for 294 yards.

Savannah State takes down Clark Atlanta, 22-15, in overtime

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ATLANTA, Ga.— In a thrilling overtime victory under wet conditions, the Savannah State Football team held on to undefeated status in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) play, spoiling Clark Atlanta’s homecoming with a 22-15 overtime win.

The Tigers improve to 4-3 overall and 3-0 in SIAC play with the win. Clark Atlanta (CAU) falls to 0-7 on the season and 0-3 in the SIAC. Savannah State ended a five-game, 3-2, road streak with the win.

Habersham Score Touchdown To Lead Albany State In 7-2 Win Over Benedict College

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ALBANY, Ga. (October 19, 2019) – The Golden Rams of Albany State University got the job done knocking off the Tigers of Benedict College 7-2 on Saturday evening. The victory sets Albany State’s overall mark at 5-2, 4-0 in SIAC play. 

Dionte Bonneau threw for 11 yards, completing two-of-six passes. McKinley Habersham rushed for 148 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Brendan Kimble and Tyler Scott paced the Golden Rams with seven tackles.

 Benedict (0-6, 0-3 SIAC) games leading receiver was Freeman who finished with one reception and three yards. Tensley and Siaosi led the Tigers with eight tackles each respectively.

 Albany State’s McKinley Habersham put the Golden Rams on the scoreboard first at the 3:07 mark of the first quarter, boasting an 80-yard run to find the end zone for the 7-0 lead. The Tigers of Benedict College collected a safety at the 13:35 mark in the second quarter to add its only points in the contest. Impressive work by the Dirty Blue defense cause the Tigers to fumble the ball in the contest. The defensive held Benedict College to only 109 to offensive yards.

JSU Rallies Past MVSU in Thrilling Overtime Finish

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ITTA BENA, Miss. – Senior Adrian Salazar kicked a 34-yard field goal in overtime to propel Jackson State past Mississippi Valley State 31-28 Saturday afternoon.

 The Tigers improved to 2-5 and 1-1 in the SWAC, while the Delta Devils fall to 1-6 and 0-3 in conference play.

 JSU spotted MVSU a 21-0 second quarter lead, but the Tigers clawed back and scored 28 unanswered points.

Tigers Impeach No. 19 Governors

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee State Tigers football team brought down the undefeated Austin Peay Governors, 26-24, for its first Ohio Valley Conference win of the year on homecoming in Nissan Stadium.

Defensive prowess in the second half and two missed Austin Peay field goals allowed Cameron Rosendahl and the Tiger offense to take its stride into the first conference win of the season. Two touchdown passes to Steven Newbold and a career-long 50-yard field goal by Antonio Zita gave Tennessee State a two-point advantage on the Governors, who led 17-9 at the half.

Sophomore kicker Antonio Zita scored all nine points for TSU in the first half adding five in the second for 14 total points on the evening. He now ranks third in career field goals made with 29 and tied former Tiger Lane Clark for the second spot in single-season field goals made with 17.

Chris Rowland, finished the night with 12 receptions, 113 yards, making the senior the single-season receptions leader with 82.

Rams Power Their Way to a 31-10 Win Over Saint Augustine’s

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HIGH POINT, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (3-4, 2-2 CIAA) used a powerful rushing attack to claim a 31-10 win over the Saint Augustine’s Falcons (1-5, 1-3 CIAA) in the 2019 Furniture City Gridiron Classic, Saturday evening. The Rams combined an overwhelming offensive attack with some quality defense to claim the win.

The Rams had one of their best offensive efforts of the season in the win. The team scored a season-high 31 points on top of rushing for a season-high 273 yards in the game. The Rams had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the game with junior running back Quarderman Sloan leading the way with 150 yards on 17 carries while senior running back Farrell Murchinson added 134 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Senior wide receiver Quincy Jackson added three receptions for 90 yards in the game as well.