Football Recaps: September 2
Alcorn State 50, Miles College 21
LORMAN, Miss. – To kick-off the 25th season at Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium, the Alcorn State University football program scored six touchdowns en route to a 50-21 win over Miles College on Saturday evening in the season opener for both teams.
Senior De'Lance Turner registered a pair of touchdowns for the Braves (1-0) including one in the air and one on the ground. He finished with 128 rushing yards and 38 receiving yards. Senior quarterback Lenorris Footman tallied two rushing touchdowns and one throwing. He recorded 241 passing yards and 92 rushing.
Eight different receivers caught a pass in the game for the Braves. Senior Norlando Veals led the way with 81 yards, while junior Marquis Warford hauled in 69. Warford also tallied a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown.
-Alcorn State Sports Information
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 23, Morehouse College 10
Pine Bluff, Ark. – The host Golden Lions stormed back from a 10-0 deficit to score 23 unanswered points in a second half comeback to win their season opener.
KeShawn Williams’ 37-yard touchdown run with 8:43 remaining in the third quarter gave UAPB the lead for good. It came less than two minutes before Jaelen Collins caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Duncan to get Arkansas-Pine Bluff on the board.
After Jamie Gillian tacked on three points with a 39-yarder, Christian Jordan concluded the game’s scoring with a 10-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Williams finished with 16 carries for 125 yards and Duncan completed 14-of-25 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Tulane 43, FCS #21 Grambling State 14
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Martez Carter scored a pair of second-half touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as Grambling State fell behind early and couldn’t recover in the Tigers’ 43-14 loss to Tulane on Saturday night at Yulman Stadium.
Tulane (1-0) scored on its first two drives to begin the game and quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead.
After the Tigers were forced to punt on their first possession, the Green Wave marched 56 yards in five plays and took 2:45 off the clock as Jonathan Banks scored on a seven-yard touchdown scamper down the right side to give Tulane a 7-0 lead.
Grambling State (0-1) went three-and-out on its second possession and Tulane capitalized on good field position as the Green Wave went 51 yards in five plays, capped by Banks’ 30-yard touchdown pass to Terren Encalade, giving Tulane a 14-0 advantage with 7:06 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Green Wave added to the lead in the second quarter as the Tigers defense held Tulane to a field goal. A Coby Neenan 21-yard field goal with 5:15 left in the first half, capped 12-play, 61-yard drive, giving the Green Wave a 17-0 lead.
Tulane put the game away with 3:16 remaining in the second quarter as Banks connected with Dontrell Hillard for a 62-yard touchdown as the Green Wave extended the advantage to 24-0.
--Grambling State Sports Information
Tuskegee 14, Alabama State 6
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State University put up nearly 400 yards of offense Saturday against Tuskegee, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the big plays of the Golden Tigers in a 14-6 loss.
Darrel King led the Alabama State (0-1) rushing attack with 87 yards on 10 carries, while Alex Anderson added 54 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. As a team, the Hornets finished the night with 194 yards on 34 carries, while holding Tuskegee to just 53 yards on 27 carries.
Kobie Jones earned the start in the season opener and finished the night 20-of-38 for 173 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 46 yards on 11 carries.
But it wasn’t enough as Tuskegee used a 55-yard touchdown pass from Jamarcus Ezell to Peyton Ramzy, and a 46-yard fourth quarter interception return to seal the victory at ASU Stadium.
--Alabama State Sports Information
UAB 38, Alabama A&M 7
Birmingham, Ala. – UAB returned to play their first football game in 1,007 days and won behind a 28-point second half in front of an announced record crowd of 45,212 at Legion Field.
AAMU (0-1) evened the score with 2:24 left in the first half when Rod Randolph caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Aqeel Glass and Nick Carden tacked on the extra point to knot it 7-7.
Blazers quarterback A.J. Erdely completed 11-of-20 passes for 152 yards with two passing touchdowns and rushed for another.
The Blazers broke the game open midway through the third quarter on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Erdely to Sederian Copeland, followed less than a minute later by a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown by Anthony Rush.
TCU 63, Jackson State 0
Fort Worth, Texas – Kenny Hill completed 18-of-23 passes for 209 yards with four touchdown passes as the Horned Frogs (1-0) racked up 542 yards of total offense at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
TCU led 35-0 by halftime and also received a pair of touchdown receptions from Desmond White.
Jackson State was limited to 24 yards rushing and 41 passing yards.
The Tigers reached the TCU 7-yard line on the game's opening drive, but a fumbled snap led to a 28-yard loss and was followed up by a failed fake punt.
Jordan Johnson had 13 carries for 41 yards to lead the Tigers (0-1).
FCS #2 North Dakota State 72, Mississippi Valley State 7
Fargo, ND - North Dakota State rolled up 683 yards of total offense in the football season opener for both teams.
Ty Brooks rushed 11 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns, and Lance Dunn rushed seven times for 142 yards and a pair of TDs as the Bison averaged 9.4 yards per carry. Demaris Purifoy and quarterbacks Easton Stick and Henry Van Dellen each rushed for scores.
Mississippi Valley State scored its only touchdown on quarterback Christopher Fowler's 1-yard run late in the second quarter three plays after connecting with Kyle Harris on a 47-yard catch-and-run to the NDSU 1.
--North Dakota State Sports Information