LeBranden Richardson eager to face old UCF teamates

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DAYTONA BEACH — When Bethune-Cookman’s LeBranden Richardson takes the field at Bright House Networks Stadium Saturday, he should feel right at home.

As a former UCF player, Richardson is quite familiar with the surroundings of the Knights home turf, but this time the confines won’t be so friendly. Nonetheless, he’s looking forward to seeing some of his old friends.

“It’s going to be exciting … I love that Bright House stadium. It will be like a homecoming, bringing back some old memories. I made my first collegiate sack at that stadium,” said Richardson, now a senior defensive end at B-CU. “I won’t be nervous. I will just like any other game, but I will get that feeling once I get out there, I suppose. I’m excited for it.”

Some of his former teammates are gone and so is his old position coach Jim Panagos, now the defensive line coach at Rutgers, but the Knights’ roster still features some of his closest friends, including UCF receiver Josh Reese.

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Williams pace Wildcats to 36-23 victory over Grambling

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Quentin Williams threw for 165 yards and ran for two touchdowns to rally Bethune-Cookman to a 36-23 comeback win over Grambling State on Saturday.

Trailing 23-22 in the fourth quarter, Bethune-Cookman (2-0) drove 46 yards to set up a Haden Hoggarth field goal but took the first down instead after a roughing-the-kicker penalty against Grambling State. Danny Dillard ran in the 5-yard go-ahead TD two plays later.
The Wildcats then held the Tigers (0-3) and scored again in the final minute when Drexler Dixon ran in for a touchdown from the 3 to give Bethune-Cookman its first win over Grambling State since 1954.

Williams was 13 of 18 in the air and had 40 yards rushing. Anthony Jordan had 73 yards on 20 carries.

Team Stat Comparison

GRAM

COOK

1st Downs 19 23
Total Yards 267 396
Passing 220 165
Rushing 47 231
Penalties 4-27 10-150
3rd Down Conversions 7-14 1-9
4th Down Conversions 0-2 0-0
Turnovers 3 1
Possession 26:19 33:41

Passing Leaders

Grambling State C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Stephen Johnson 19/32 220 6.9 2 1
Bethune-Cookman C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Quentin Williams 13/18 165 9.2 0 0

Rushing Leaders

Grambling State CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Jestin Kelly 5 17 3.4 0 6
Ka’Jandre Domino 2 13 6.5 0 10
Bethune-Cookman CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Anthony Jordan 20 73 3.7 0 10
Danny Dillard 8 55 6.9 1 16

Receiving Leaders

Grambling State REC YDS AVG TD LG
Dominique Leake 2 82 41.0 1 75
Chad Williams 4 39 9.8 1 17
Bethune-Cookman REC YDS AVG TD LG
Darian Baker 1 47 47.0 0 47
Frank Brown 3 46 15.3 0 32

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER GRAM COOK
FG 11:46 Marc Orozco 45 Yd Field Goal 3 0
FG 6:12 Haden Hoggarth 29 Yd Field Goal 3 3
SECOND QUARTER GRAM COOK
FG 1:26 Haden Hoggarth 23 Yd Field Goal 3 6
TD 1:03 Q. Williams run for 16 yds for a TD, (Two pt rush, L. Brihm GOOD) 3 14
TD 1:03 L. Brihm run for 3 yds for a TD 3 12
FG 0:00 Marc Orozco 42 Yd Field Goal 6 14
THIRD QUARTER GRAM COOK
TD 11:57 Chad Williams 9 Yd pass from Stephen Johnson (Marc Orozco Kick) 13 14
FG 9:32 Marc Orozco 32 Yd Field Goal 16 14
TD 5:54 Quentin Williams 9 Yd Run (Larry Brihm Pass to for Two-Point Conversion) 16 22
TD 3:57 Dominique Leake 75 Yd pass from Stephen Johnson (Marc Orozco Kick) 23 22
FOURTH QUARTER GRAM COOK
TD 6:12 Danny Dillard 5 Yd Run (Ben Noboa Kick) 23 29
TD 0:56 Drexler Dixon 3 Yd Run (Haden Hoggarth Kick) 23 36

Basketball News ~ Bethune-Cookman adds 7-0 Harvard Transfer

IMG_0886Just five days after announcing the signing of three junior college transfers, Quentin Brewer (Gordon State), Denzel Dulin (CCBC Dundalk) and Jeffon Powell (Cecil), @BCUHoops announced 7 foot Harvard transfer Ugo Okam would be joining the squad.

Okam saw action for the Crimson’s 2011-12 Ivy League championship team, who made Harvard’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 1946 when it faced Vanderbilt in the second round.

The native of Nigeria has already earned his undergraduate degree in economics and is currently enrolled in Bethune-Cookman’s graduate program. He has a possible two years of athletic eligibility remaining.

He played for Montverde Academy for three years, starting at center, captaining the team in 2010 and making ESPN’s list of the top 100 college prospects.

“I watched him in high school (Montverde) and for Each Teach One, his AAU team,” Craig said. “I thought he had potential to be a good college player with development. He adds size that we haven’t had in a long time. “

Okam will be the first Wildcat 7-footer since Aulcie Perry, who played two seasons from 1971-73 before going on to become one of the greatest players in Israel professional basketball history. Okam also is part of Craig’s effort to shore up the Wildcats underneath with the addition of Delino Dear (6-9) joining Travis Elliott (6-8).

“With all this added size, we’re looking more and more like a Division I team these days,” Craig kidded.

Bethune-Cookman opens its 2014-15 season on Saturday, November 15, hosting Trinity College at 1 p.m. in Historic Moore Gym.

The Pride Beyond the Fifty (Episodes 1 & 2) ~ Video

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Hey Wildcat fans!  Did you know the Marching Wildcats have a new weekly video series entitled “Beyond the Fifty?”  The series chronicles ‘The Pride’s” 2014 marching season and provides viewers with a first hand account of the band’s preparations and performances.

Check out the first two videos below.  Check back frequently for new episodes.


Episode 2


Episode 1

Defensive end Williams following in his dad’s footsteps at Bethune-Cookman | News-JournalOnline.com

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DAYTONA BEACH — Defensive end Erik Williams knew what to expect when he signed with Bethune-Cookman five years ago. He would be compared to his father.But he was used to it. The same thing happened when he played at Stranahan High School in Sunrise, west of Fort Lauderdale. And if the 6-3, 270-pound Williams is lucky enough to get a chance to play pro ball, he knows it will happen again.Erik’s father, Lee Williams, was a star defensive end at Stranahan and B-CU and went on to become an All-Pro in the NFL, where he played 10 seasons with the San Diego Chargers and Houston Oilers (1984-93) and accumulated 82.5 sacks, registering double-digit sack totals four times.“Everyone wants to be just like their father,” Erik said, shrugging off any suggestion that following in Lee’s very substantial footsteps has ever been a burden.“People always tell me he was better than me,” Erik laughs.

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Cats move up to 13th in both polls

IMG_7603Bethune-Cookman jumped 5 spots to 13th in both the FCS Coaches’ Poll and the Sports Network Media Poll.  The Wildcats, who were idle last week, won their week one matchup against FBS Florida International 14-12 in Miami.

BCU faces Grambling State in Daytona Beach on Saturday in its home-opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS  
1 North Dakota State (25) 2-0 649 1  
2 Eastern Washington 2-1 619 2  
3 Southeastern Louisiana (1) 2-0 600 3  
4 Montana 1-1 536 5  
5 Coastal Carolina 2-0 528 4  
6 McNeese State 0-1 521 6  
7 Villanova 1-1 514 7  
8 Jacksonville State 1-1 441 9  
9 New Hampshire 0-1 430 8  
10 South Dakota State 1-1 416 11  
11 UNI 0-1 408 12  
12 Furman 2-0 294 17  
13 Bethune-Cookman 1-0 287 18  
14 Southern Illinois 2-0 252 25  
15 Sam Houston State 1-2 242 13  
16 Youngstown State 1-1 202 21  
17 Chattanooga 0-2 193 15  
18 Montana State 1-1 185 23  
19 William & Mary 1-1 166 24  
20 Maine 1-0 153 22  
21 Richmond 1-1 146 20  
22 Tennessee State 1-1 121 16  
23 Fordham 1-1 112 10  
24 Eastern Illinois 0-2 102 14  
25 Eastern Kentucky 2-0 92 NR  

Dropped out: No. 19 Towson.

Others receiving votes: Towson 56, Northern Arizona 40, Central Arkansas 36, Liberty 27, Missouri State 17, Alcorn State 13, Lafayette 10, Illinois State 8, Bryant 7, Princeton 7, James Madison 4, Sacred Heart 4, North Carolina A&T 3, Albany 2, Harvard 2, Samford 2, Abilene Christian 1, Charleston Southern 1, Wofford 1.

$25 Roundtrip on HAILWILDCATS.COM Fan Bus to UCF September 20th, 2014

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Greetings BCU Fans!

You are cordially invited to hop onboard the HailWildcats.com ‘Road to the Championship’ Fan Bus as we support our team in their quest to have another successful season. Our Fighting Wildcats will travel to Orlando, Florida (Brighthouse Stadium) on Saturday September 20th, 2014  to take on the University of Central Florida, kickoff at 6:oo p.m.

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We will depart Daytona Beach at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday evening and arrive at UCF Brighthouse Stadium around 3:30 pm.

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Wildcats move up to 18th in both polls

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Michael T Jones celebrates after scoring against FIU

Bethune-Cookman, fresh off a 14-12 victory against FBS foe Florida International, moved up 4 spots in the SportsNetwork media poll and 5 spots in the FCS coaches’ poll this week.  BCU is now ranked 18th in both polls.

14 ranked FCS schools faced off against FBS competition in college football’s opening weekend.  Only Bethune-Cookman and three time defending national champs North Dakota State exited the weekend with victories over FBS opponents.

North Dakota State trounced Iowa State of the Big 12 34-14 and is now ranked 1st in both polls.  It was the fifth consecutive win over a FBS opponent for NDSU.  #16 Tennessee State joins BCU as ranked HBCUs. 

Sports Network Media Poll

RANK

SCHOOL

RECORD

POINTS

PREVIOUS

1

North Dakota State (93)

1-0

3,830

2

2

Eastern Washington (63)

2-0

3,804

1

3

Southeastern Louisiana

1-0

3,553

3

4

Montana

0-1

3,064

5

5

Coastal Carolina

1-0

3,028

7

6

New Hampshire

0-1

2,998

4

7

McNeese State

0-0

2,661

8

8

UNI

0-1

2,634

9

9

Jacksonville State

0-1

2,580

6

10

Villanova

0-1

2,488

12

11

Fordham

1-0

2,423

11

12

South Dakota State

0-1

2,242

10

13

Chattanooga

0-1

1,793

14

14

Tennessee State

1-0

1,701

15

15

Sam Houston State

1-1

1,484

17

16

Eastern Illinois

0-1

1,402

16

17

Richmond

1-0

1,323

20

18

Bethune-Cookman

1-0

1,109

22

19

Furman

1-0

1,004

21

20

Montana State

0-1

965

18

21

William & Mary

0-1

945

19

22

Towson

0-1

829

13

23

Youngstown State

0-1

540

24

24

Maine

1-0

469

25

25

Northern Arizona

0-1

352

23

Wildcat defense blankets FIU in 14-12 season open win

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T Finnie and BCU defense blankets FIU

T Finnie and BCU defense blankets FIU

The Vegas betting lines closed on Saturday with FCS Bethune-Cookman listed as three point road favorites against FBS Florida International. The Wildcats’ narrow 14-12 victory didn’t quite cover the Vegas point spread or much resemble the 34-13 drubbing they put on FIU a season ago but it thrilled BCU’s coaches, players and fans nonetheless.

“All I can say is thank you. The Good Lord was on our side tonight. My hat goes off to this FIU team (they are) majorly improved” a relieved Brian Jenkins exclaimed at the end of the contest.

The Wildcats’ stifling defense limited FIU to just 186 yards of total offense and was largely to blame for the win. Erik Williams led the defensive charge accounting for 3 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, and 8 total tackles in the winning effort.  “Erik is a tremendous player. He has had to fight back through two shoulder injuries. He is back and I think he has proven that he can play at a dominating level. I am glad that he is playing for us” Jenkins stated.

On the other side of the ball, BCU’s offense found it difficult to find its rhythm for large portions of the evening. Quentin Williams got the start at quarterback and helped the Cats sustain a nice opening drive.

Mike  Jones celebrates 1 yard TD run w/teammates

Mike Jones celebrates 1 yard TD run w/teammates

However, the Wildcat offense failed to convert the opening drive into points and remained pedestrian until early in the 2nd quarter when Williams connected with Michael Jones on a 46 yard screen pass on 3rd and 15. After a 17 yard Williams to Darian Baker pass and run, Jones capped the drive with a 1 yard td run to give BCU an early 7-0 lead.

FIU return specialist Richard Leonard set the Panthers up with nice field position after returning the ensuing kickoff 54 yards. The Panthers registered their first points of the season 6 plays later when Austin Taylor successfully converted a 25 yard field goal.

Taylor converted his second 25 yard field goal of the contest near the end of the 2nd quarter and cut BCU’s lead to 7-6 heading into the half.

The Wildcat offense continued to struggle in the 2nd half. In fact, BCU only crossed midfield once in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Thankfully for the Cats, the lone 2nd half venture into FIU territory ended with a 55 yard touchdown toss from Williams to redshirt freshman receiver Frank Brown with 12:26 remaining in the 4th. Williams was forced to scramble to his right on the play to avoid multiple FIU defenders. He spotted Brown breaking free of coverage up the left seam and gave his receiver a chance to make a play on the ball. Brown outleaped one defender, made a 2nd defender miss and outran everyone for BCU’s go ahead score. The td catch was Brown’s first ever collegiate reception.

“I dreamt the last three nights that I would score in this game on a big play so when the ball was in the air I just attacked it like my coaches taught me.” “Right before the game, my (position) coach told me this is your first college game, make your first big play. That stuck with me throughout the game“ Brown stated. “(Crossing the goal line) felt great.”

FIU threaten late when Leonard made another spectacular return, this time on the end of a Jonathan Cagle punt. The 71 yard return gave the Panther’s 1st and goal from the BCU 7 yard line.  FIU punctuated the drive when Alex McGough connected with TJ Lowder on a 5 yard slant on 4th and 5 to cut the BCU lead to 14-12. But that was as close as FIU would get.

Bethune’s defense stood strong once again and held the Panthers’ on the 2 point conversion attempt.

The Panthers had one last opportunity to secure the victory after assuming possession at their own 39 yard line with 2:29 remaining. After converting a 4th and 13 and tacking on an additional 15 yards for roughing the passer, FIU was primed to seal just its 2nd victory since the 2012 season.

FIU lined up for what would have been a game winning 46 yard FG attempt with 5 seconds remaining. However, the snap was botched and BCU held on for the victory.

The Cats have a bye week next Saturday before playing hosts to Grambling State in their home opener on September 13th.

Team Stat Comparison

 
 

COOK

 

FIU

1st Downs 11 12
Total Yards 239 186
Passing 149 143
Rushing 90 43
Penalties 10-86 8-47
3rd Down Conversions 5-16 1-16
4th Down Conversions 1-2 3-5
Turnovers 0 0
Possession 32:26 27:34
 

Passing Leaders

 
 
Bethune-Cookman C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Quentin Williams 8/17 149 8.8 1 0
 
Florida International C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Alex McGough 13/27 117 4.3 1 0
E.J. Hilliard 3/6 26 4.3 0 0
 

Rushing Leaders

 
 
Bethune-Cookman CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Anthony Jordan 19 64 3.4 0 14
Cary White 3 25 8.3 0 15
 
Florida International CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Alex Gardner 12 46 3.8 0 22
Lamarq Caldwell 10 15 1.5 0 3
 

Receiving Leaders

 
 
Bethune-Cookman REC YDS AVG TD LG
Frank Brown 1 55 55.0 1 55
Michael D. Jones 1 46 46.0 0 46
 
Florida International REC YDS AVG TD LG
Ya’Keem Griner 3 36 12.0 0 28
Dominique Rhymes 3 32 10.7 0 17

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTER COOK FIU
  TD 11:26 Michael D. Jones 1 Yd Run (Haden Hoggarth Kick) 7 0
  FG 9:02 Austin Taylor 25 Yd Field Goal 7 3
  FG 3:27 Austin Taylor 25 Yd Field Goal 7 6
FOURTH QUARTER COOK FIU
  TD 12:26 Frank Brown 55 Yd pass from Quentin Williams (Haden Hoggarth Kick) 14 6
  TD 5:16 T.J. Lowder 5 Yd pass from Alex McGough (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 14 12
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