Football Recaps: September 23
Alcorn State 48, Southern 31
LORMAN, Miss. – Senior De'Lance Turner posted the second-most rushing yards in school history, 272, as the ground attack for the Alcorn State University football program could not be stopped in a 48-31 victory over Southern in the conference-opener Saturday at Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium.
Turner, from McClain, Mississippi, averaged 13.0 yards per carry for the Braves (2-2, 1-0 SWAC) as he was fed the ball 21 times. He rushed for two touchdowns and also caught one.
Turner led the Braves to a whopping 402 rushing yards as a team. Junior P.J. Simmons ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns, and senior Lenorris Footman rushed for 70 yards.
Footman, the reigning SWAC Offensive Player of the Week winner, threw for two touchdowns. He connected with senior Marquis Warford on a 14-yard route in the third quarter.
Defensively, sophomore Solomon Muhammad shined again with a game-high 13 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. He returned an interception 71 yards in the first quarter. Junior Leishaun Ealey was also in double-figures with 10 tackles.
The Braves trailed 24-10 early in the second quarter when they scored 31 unanswered points to take control and leap in front 41-24. The Jaguars (1-3, 0-1 SWAC) got off to a fast start as quarterback Austin Howard threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns. Howard made his first start in two weeks for the Jags.
Southern's Devon Benn rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown.
-Alcorn State Sports Information
Prairie View A&M 34, Alabama State 0
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Prairie View A&M University football team opened Southwestern Athletic Conference play with a dominant 34-0 win Saturday night at Alabama St.
The Panthers (1-2, 1-0 SWAC) held Alabama St. (0-4, 0-1) to 127 total yards and only seven first downs, forcing three turnovers and scoring a touchdown of its own as PVAMU recorded its first shutout since Oct. 17, 2009, a 38-0 home win over Miss. Valley St. The shutout is the first on the road since a 15-0 win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Oct. 18, 2008.
“It’s a conference win, so it’s very important in the fact that it’s step one to achieving our ultimate goal, which is the SWAC Championship,” said PVAMU head coach Willie Simmons, who’s teams are now 9-0 in SWAC road games in opposing venues. “I’m proud of the guys, proud of their effort, and proud of the way they came out and responded. It’s something to build on. We’re definitely happy to be 1-0 in conference play, and ready to get back to work.”
Anthony Stubbs forced a fumble on the second play of the game, which was recovered by Ju’Anthony Parker. The first of two Sta’Fon McCray touchdown runs gave Prairie View A&M a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. McCray rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
In the second quarter, a 37-yard interception return by Parker gave PVAMU a 14-0 lead with 6:36 to play until halftime. Later in the quarter, a 61-yard touchdown pass from Lavell McCullers to Markcus Hardy gave the Panthers a 21-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, McCray rushed on the first three plays of the second half for 65 yards on the scoring drive, ending with his nine-yard scoring run for a 28-0 lead.
Zach Elder ended the scoring with a 21-yard field goal in the third quarter, and a career-long 47-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
McCullers completed 14 of 27 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown, as the Panthers gained 409 total yards (234 rushing, 175 passing).
-Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Alabama A&M 30, Texas Southern 13
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Bulldogs unleashed a devastating air assault Saturday night highlighted by a 337-yard passing performance and a pair of long-range bombs from quarterback Aqeel Glass.
Glass was good on 22-of-37 passes on the night including a 62-yard, over-the-shoulder, catch-and-run touchdown to Octayvious Miles and an over-the-shoulder 61-yard pass to Ledarion Heath in the 30-13 Louis Crews Classic win over Texas Southern.
The Bulldogs (1-0 SWAC, 1-3 overall) piled up 505 yards in the SWAC opener while giving up just 288 to the Tigers (0-1, 0-3).
Miles had 196 total yards as led the A&M rushers with 70 yards - mainly through a couple of reverses - to go with 100 yards receiving and 26 return yards.
The offensive fireworks came before a crowd that included some of the legends of Bulldog football lore as A&M honored its all-time winningest coach.
The Bulldogs moved out to a 3-0 lead courtesy of a 19-yard Nick Cardenfield goal on the team's first drive.
Miles' 62-yard scoring play came in the second quarter with the Bulldogs holding a 10-0 lead. Miles had beaten the Texas Southern defense and Glass dropped the ball over the receiver's shoulder into his waiting hands and, after that, it was off to the races.
The Bulldogs widened the gap to 23-0 when Jordan Bentley, who had missed the previous two games, scored his second touchdown of the game. It was the sixth TD he has scored in two seasons against the Tigers.
Bentley's first score of the game capped a drive that was highlighted by Heath's 61-yard reception.
In the third quarter, Isaiah Bailey pulled in a Glass pass for 13 yards to give A&M a 30-0 cushion.
A&M was assessed an uncharacteristic 101 yards on 10 penalties, including one that negated a 94-yard Harvey Harris kickoff return.
--Alabama A&M sports information
Grambling State 38, Mississippi Valley State 6
ITTA BENA, Miss. – De’Aumante Johnson recorded three first-half interceptions as the Grambling State University defense came up big on Saturday night with a 38-6 victory over Mississippi Valley State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) opener for both teams at Rice-Totten Stadium.
“We didn’t play well,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs. “We had a lot of guys out and sometimes when you have a lot of guys out, it’s hard to find that chemistry. I thought we did a good job to keep fighting regardless of the situation. The defense was stellar tonight. They did not only an awesome job of stopping them, but scoring points as well.”
After both teams went three-and-out on its first offensive possession, Grambling State’s defense came up with the first score of the night with 10:35 remaining in the opening quarter.
On a third-and-eight play, De’Aumante Johnson picked off MVSU quarterback Jett Even and went 35 yards down the right sideline to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
After another three-and-out for the Delta Devils, Grambling State was driving, but a fumble on the exchange at the MVSU 2-yard line gave the Mississippi Valley State the ball back.
But the Delta Devils didn’t have it for long as Even’s pass was intercepted by Johnson, his second pick of the day, to set up good field position.
The Tigers picked up their second score of the night with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter when Marc Orozco booted a 36-yard field goal to extend the Grambling State lead to 10-0.
Grambling State picked up two points on a safety, its second in as many weeks, to extend the lead to 12-0 with 13:44 left in the second quarter.
The Tigers closed out the first half with 10 points in the final 10 minutes.
Orozco kicked a 37-yard field goal with 9:58 left to push the advantage to 15-0 and Geremy Hickbottom connected with Devante Davis for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 1:43 remaining to extend the margin to 22-0.
Grambling State put the game out of reach with 11:42 left in the third quarter as Nicholas Black ran untouched for a 21-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a commanding 29-0 lead.
A James Crosby four-yard touchdown run cut the margin to 29-6, but the Tigers blocked the extra point and Johnson returned the ball for the two-point conversion.
Grambling State put the final touches on the night on a Lyndemian Brooks touchdown run to give the Tigers a 38-6 victory.
-Grambling State Sports Information
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 34, Jackson State 27 (OT)
JACKSON, Miss. – Trailing by 11 entering the fourth quarter, the Golden Lions (2-2, 1-0) completed the comeback when LeEar Patterson ran in the winning touchdown on a one-yard plunge in overtime to lift Arkansas-Pine Bluff to a 34-27 conference victory at Jackson State on Saturday night.
KeShawn Willams ran 11 times for 73 yards and a touchdown, Patterson added 66 passing yards, 34 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns on the night and the UAPB defense combined for four sacks and held the Tigers offense to 295 total yards of offense.
Patterson’s first touchdown on a two-yard run and subsequent two-point conversion pass to Kolby McNeal with 13:10 left in regulation cut the deficit to 27-24.
After a Jackson State (0-4, 0-1) punt, UABP kicker Jamie Gillan tied the score on a 33-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Johnson had 19 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown and Deion Pope made 13 tackles to lead the Tigers defense.