Hampton shocks @BCUGridiron in 40-35 upset

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Freshman quarterback and Orlando Florida native Jerrell Antoine directed Hampton University to a 40-35 upset win over #18 Bethune-Cookman.

The Pirates entered the game with only 2 wins and averaged 20 points per game. By night’s end, HU secured their 3rd victory of the season and doubled their points per game average.

Antoine completed 21 of 34 passes for a career-high 249 yards and five touchdowns.

Antoine and his Pirates capitalized on an early BCU turnover to get on the board first. Quentin Williams was sacked on the game’s third snap and defensive lineman Robert Copeland scooped up the loose ball deep in Wildcat territory.

Antoine hit Gooding from 10 yards out to put Hampton up 7-0 just three plays later.

Bethune-Cookman gave the Pirates prime field position again later in the quarter on a botched punt and the Pirates cashed in thanks to a 29-yard field goal from 1st team All-MEAC place kicker Anthony Prevost to go up 10-0 at the 6:43 mark.

The Wildcats (8-3, 5-2 MEAC) got on the board for the first time with 5:46 left in the first quarter after a 54-yard touchdown run from Michael Jones to cut the lead to 10-7.

Hampton answered with a 10-play, 77-yard drive, taking a 16-7 lead with 1:41 left in the quarter after Antoine hit Gooding from 21 yards out. Anthony Jordan capped off a busy first quarter with a 51-yard touchdown run, cutting Hampton’s lead to 16-14 at the 1:13 mark.

The Pirates marched down the field, going 74 yards in eight plays, before Antoine hit redshirt sophomore wide receiver Twarn Mixson from 19 yards out to put Hampton up 23-14 with 8:34 left in the half.

Antoine threw another touchdown pass with 2:07 left in the half, hooking up with Riddick on an 18-yard score to give Hampton a 30-14 lead.

Bethune-Cookman scored with 18 seconds left in the half, cutting Hampton’s lead to 30-21 on a 2-yard run from Anthony.

Antoine connected with Riddick again from nine yards out with 5:29 left in the third quarter to push the Pirates ahead  37-21.  Anthony Jordan cut the lead to 37-28 with a 13-yard touchdown run at the 3:31 mark of the third quarter.

Prevost hit his second field goal of the night, a 30-yarder with 13:08 left in the contest, to give the Pirates a 40-28 lead.

A 4-yard run from Larry Brihm with 5:28 to go cut the lead to 40-35, and the Wildcats had the ball in the waning seconds, but time expired before Bethune-Cookman could take one last shot at the end zone.

The Wildcats surrendered seven sacks on the night.  The loss all but foiled any playoff hopes for BCU.

Congratulations to Mrs. Emma Price on winning (2) 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic Tickets

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Congratulations to Mrs. Emma Price of Daytona Beach on winning the Hailwildcats.com BCU vs Norfolk State “Watch Party” Raffle for (2) 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic Tickets. If you missed the past raffle, you have another opportunity this week, details below!  Congrats again Mrs. Emma Price!BCU HU

Hailwildcats.com will host a WILDCATS “LETS GO” Watch Party on Thursday November 13th, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Pirates of Hampton University on ESPNU. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREEN” of Buffalo Wild Wings at 2479 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($54.00 value) to the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday November 15th, 2014. You may pre purchase raffle tickets below:

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2479 W. International Speedway Blvd.
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We look forward to seeing you there! Kickoff at 7:30 P.M.

 

Hailwildcats.com WILDCATS “LETS GO” WATCH PARTY Nov. 13th, 2014 @ 7p.m. (Buffalo Wild Wings Daytona Beach, Fl)

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CALLING ALL WILDCAT NATION!!!!!BCU HU

Hailwildcats.com will host a WILDCATS “LETS GO” Watch Party on Thursday November 13th, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Pirates of Hampton University on ESPNU. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREEN” of Buffalo Wild Wings at 2479 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

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If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($54.00 value) to the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday November 15th, 2014. You may pre purchase raffle tickets below:

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JOIN US FOR FOOTBALL, FOOD, and FUN!

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2479 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

We look forward to seeing you there! Kickoff at 7:30 P.M.

 

BCU vs. Norfolk State Watch Parties in Daytona, Orlando, J-Ville, Miami

DSC_0119Hey Wildcat fans! Are you looking for a place to watch your Fighting Wildcats take on Norfolk State in tonight’s huge first place showdown?

If so, we got you covered!!!

Tonight’s critical MEAC matchup will be televised on ESPNU and streamed on the WatchESPN app at 7:30 P.M..

But why stay in when you can join dozens of BCU fans and supporters at Watch Parties across the state?

Alumni Chapters and Supporter Groups throughout Florida will gather at some of your favorite restaurants to cheer on our Fighting Wildcats as they seek to stay alive in their hunt for another MEAC crown. So put on your maroon and gold and come hang out with other Wildcat supporters at one of the Watch Parties mentioned below.

Good luck team and Let’s Go Wildcats!!!

IMG_9324Daytona Beach – (HailWildcats.com)

Buffalo Wild Wings
2479 W. International Speedway BLVD
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Meeting time – 7:00 PM

Orlando — (Orange County Alumni Chapter)

Oley’s Kitchen and Smokehouse
2700 S Rio Grande Ave
Orlando, FL 32805
Meeting time – 6:30 PM

Jacksonville – (Duval/Nassau Booster Club)

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
River City Marketplace
Jacksonville, FL
Meeting time – 7:00 PM

Miami- (Duke Live Party)

The Roc Garden Sports Bar and Lounge
1774 NW 183rd Street
Miami, FL
Meeting time – 7:00 PM

 

 

Elimination Week for BCU/Other MEAC Playoff Hopefuls

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meacfbA quick glance at the top of the MEAC standings reveals a pile-up of five (5) teams currently tied for 1st place in the league. The race for the crown and the conference’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs will become a bit clearer after this weekend’s contests featuring 4 of the 5 teams tied for first place in head-to-head matchups against the other.

Elimination week begins when 18th ranked Bethune-Cookman (4-1, 7-2) travel to Norfolk, Virginia to take on Norfolk State (4-1, 4-5) for a 7:30, Thursday night ESPNU contest. The Wildcats will look to avenge last year’s 24-27 loss to the Spartans and keep pace atop the league standings.

On Saturday, North Carolina A&T hosts Morgan State (both 4-1 in conference) in Greensboro in a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.

Finally, Florida A&M is out of championship contention but will look to play spoiler against front-running South Carolina State in Tallahassee. The Bulldogs have the inside track to the league’s automatic bid as they currently own the head-to-head tiebreaker over co-leaders North Carolina A&T and Bethune-Cookman and will get their shot at Morgan State and Norfolk State to end the season. If South Carolina State drops a contest and BCU wins out, the Wildcats will be awarded the conference’s automatic bid based upon the MEAC’s tiebreaker system (detailed below).

BCU vs UCF-400The Sports Network is also projecting BCU will make the field of 24 as an at-large selectee if they can win out. Another loss by Bethune will all but spoil their bid to secure their 4th conference crown and/or playoff berth within the past 5 years.

Sports Network PLAYOFF FIELD projection as of November 2, 2014:

South Dakota State/Montana State winner at No. 1 seed North Dakota State

Eastern Kentucky/Illinois State winner at No. 8 seed Chattanooga

Cal Poly/McNeese State winner at No. 5 seed Eastern Washington

Jacksonville/South Carolina State winner at No. 4 seed Coastal Carolina

Bethune-Cookman/Liberty winner at No. 3 seed Jacksonville State

Bryant/Richmond winner at No. 6 seed Villanova

Sam Houston State/Montana winner at No. 7 seed Southeastern Louisiana

Fordham/Youngstown State winner at No. 2 seed New Hampshire

On the at-large bubble: Idaho State, Indiana State, James Madison, North Carolina A&T, Northern Arizona

MEAC tiebreaker criteria:

Two-Team or Multiple-Team Tie – If the tied teams played each other, head-to-head competition will be used to determine the representative. For multiple ties, head-to-head record vs. all teams tied. If a tie still exists then the following shall be used:

1) Points

A) Count six (6) points for a win against a Division I-A team;

B) Count four (4) points for a non-conference Division I-AA win;

C) Count one (1) point for a win against a Division II team, OR, subtract a point for a loss against a Division II team;

The team with the highest point total shall be the Automatic Qualifier for the NCAA Playoffs or the specified Bowl game, whichever is applicable.

2) Coin Toss

Bethune-Cookman (4-1 , 7-2) * Sagarin 51.81 @ 11-8 at Norfolk State; 11-13 Thurs at Hampton; 11-22 FAMU (Orlando)… POINTS (11): Wins over FIU, Grambling and Florida Tech.

South Carolina State (4– 1, 6- 3) * Sagarin 50.64 @ 11-1 vs. Savannah State; 11-8 at FAMU; 11-15 at Morgan State; 11-22 vs. Norfolk State… POINTS: (5): Wins over Furman, Benedict.

North Carolina A&T (4 –1, 7 – 2) * Sagarin 47.68 @ 11-8 vs. Morgan State; 11-15 at Savannah State; 11-22 at NCCU…. POINTS (9): Wins over Alabama A&M, Elon and Chowan

Morgan State .(4 – 1, 5 – 4 ) * Sagarin 38.86 @ 11-8 at North Carolina A&T; 11-15 vs. SCSU; 11-22 vs Delaware State…. POINTS (1): Win over Bowie State

Norfolk State (4-1, 4– 5) * Sagarin 34.05 @ 11-6 vs. B-CU (Thurs.); 11-15 vs. NCCU; 11-22 at SCSU…. POINTS (0)

 

Rushing attack propels @BCUGridiron on Senior Night

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IMG_9041Senior running back Anthony Jordan rushed for three fourth quarter touchdowns in his final regular season home game to help Bethune-Cookman push past North Carolina Central 34-20 on Senior Night.

The Wildcats (7-2, 4-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) trailed the Eagles 20-13 heading into the 4th quarter but reeled off 21 unanswered points to secure its 7th win of the season and remain in a four way tie (with SCSU, NCA&T and MSU) for first place in the convoluted MEAC.  Jordan’s game-tying and go-ahead 1-yard scores capped 46 and 77-yard drives. After the BCU defense held NCCU on downs, Jordan broke away for a 30-yard touchdown to seal the contest with 1:33 left.

BCU opened the game’s scoring on a Larry Brihm 6 yard touchdown run at the 1:57 mark in the 1st quarter.

The Wildcat defense managed to hold Central to a couple of 3 and outs and 3 yards of offense on their next two possessions but the Eagle offense finally broke free to knot the game at 7 midway through the 2nd quarter. Deyonta Wright’s runs of 20 and 25 yards set NCCU up at midfield on the drive. Malcolm Bell hit a wide open Quentin Atkinson for a 50 yard score on the 3rd play of the 95 yard scoring drive.

NCCU used a more methodical approach to push the lead to 14-7 on their ensuing possession. The Eagles covered 61 yards in 9 plays and capped the drive on Andre Clarke’s TD run from 3 yards out. The touchdown drive was extended after a roughing the passer call against Bethune on 3rd and 6 near midfield.

The Wildcats narrowed the lead to 14-13 on a 43 yard Michael Jones rushing touchdown up the middle; however, BCU failed to convert the “swinging gate” two-point conversion attempt and found itself trailing by 1.

All-American return man Adrian Wilkins took the ensuing BCU kickoff 91 yards to the BCU 4 yardline. Clark scored his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon 1 play later to stretch Central’s lead to 20-13. BCU’s special teams unit came up with their third blocked extra point in as many weeks to keep the score within 7.

Central held the 7 point advantage heading into the final frame but the 4th quarter belonged to Anthony Jordan and the BCU running game. Jordan scored all 3 BCU 4th quarter touchdowns on rushes of 1, 1 and 30 yards and the Wildcats pulled out its third 4th quarter, come from behind home victory this season. (BCU also trailed Grambling and Florida Tech in the 4th quarter at home this season.)

Michael Jones (117) and Larry Brihm (104) both crossed the 100 yards rushing plataue. Brihm also threw for 119 yards on 12-of-21 passing.

Tavarus Dantzler paced the Cats defensively with 10 total tackles. Ralph Williams added 9 of his own.

BCU outgained NCCU 453 yards to 200 on the night. The Beach Cats also piled up 334 yards rushing bringing back memories of the old Wyattbone days.

Andre Clark scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Malcolm Bell threw for 127 yards and a touchdown for NCCU.

The Wildcats will gear up for a pair of Thursday night ESPNU contests against Norfolk State (Nov 6th) and Hampton (Nov 13th) over the next two weeks and will look to keep pace atop the MEAC standings.

Team Stats NCCU COOK
First Downs 11 20
Total Plays 57 75
Total Yards 200 453
Passing 127 119
Rushing 73 334
Penalties 7 / 85 6 / 52
Possession 24:27 35:33
Turnovers 1 2

Hailwildcats.com WILDCATS “LETS GO” WATCH PARTY Nov. 6th, 2014 @ 7p.m. (Buffalo Wild Wings Daytona Beach, Fl)

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10173685_4773331029342_6501135014572887901_nHailwildcats.com will host a WILDCATS “LETS GO” Watch Party on Thursday November 6th, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. EST when our Mighty Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University take on the Spartans of Norfolk State University on ESPNU. The game will air live on the “BIG SCREEN” of Buffalo Wild Wings at 2479 W. International Speedway Blvd  Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

If you are in the Daytona area, put on your Maroon and Gold and come out and share with the Wildcat Nation in this momentous and joyous occasion and see

“Who will ascend to the top of the mountain?”

We will hold a raffle for (2) Tickets ($54.00 value) to the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic which will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm in the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl. To enter, tickets are One (1) for $5.00 or Three (3) for $10.00, the winner will be announced on Hailwildcats.com on Saturday November 8th, 2014. You may pre purchase raffle tickets below:

paypal_buynow (1) Raffle Ticket $5.00

 


 

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Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

We look forward to seeing you there! Kickoff at 7:30 P.M.

 

Wildcats overpower Savannah State 48-20

BCU vs UCF-99SAVANNAH, Ga. — Larry Brihm threw three touchdown passes and ran for one more, and Bethune-Cookman’s defense forced five turnovers to beat Savannah State 48-20 on Saturday night.

Knotted at 7 at the end of the first quarter, Brihm threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Frank Brown. Thomas Finnie intercepted a Tino Smith pass on Savannah State’s next offensive play, and Brihm responded on first down with a 47-yard TD strike to Jhomo Gordon. Brihm ran for a 12-yard touchdown, and capped his scoring with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jaime Wilson early in the third.

Finnie had two interceptions and Jameson Wright one, and Robert Way and Korey Harris recovered fumbles for the Wildcats (6-1, 3-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

Michael Knox ran for a 10-yard score and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Cantrell Frazier to lead Savannah State (0-7, 0-4).

BCU outgained SSU 543 total yards to 202.

Team Stat Comparison

COOK

SAV

1st Downs 27 10
Total Yards 543 202
Passing 254 132
Rushing 289 70
Penalties 8-74 8-55
3rd Down Conversions 7-16 2-12
4th Down Conversions 3-7 2-2
Turnovers 2 5
Possession 36:33 23:27

Passing Leaders

Bethune-Cookman C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Larry Brihm 13/19 222 11.7 3 0
Brett Maxie 6/9 32 3.6 0 0
Savannah State C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Michael Knox 9/18 117 6.5 1 1
Tino Smith 4/10 15 1.5 0 2

Rushing Leaders

Bethune-Cookman CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Danny Dillard 11 87 7.9 1 34
Michael D. Jones 10 58 5.8 1 17
Savannah State CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Richard Williams 14 36 2.6 0 14
Tino Smith 3 27 9.0 0 29

Receiving Leaders

Bethune-Cookman REC YDS AVG TD LG
Jhomo Gordon 2 68 34.0 1 47
Frank Brown 2 56 28.0 1 52
Savannah State REC YDS AVG TD LG
Cantrell Frazier 6 57 9.5 1 15
Jeremiah Harris 1 33 33.0 0 33

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER COOK SAV
TD 5:05 Michael D. Jones 1 Yd Run (Haden Hoggarth Kick) 7 0
TD 0:00 Michael Knox 10 Yd Run (John Barron Kick) 7 7
SECOND QUARTER COOK SAV
TD 8:05 Frank Brown 52 Yd pass from Larry Brihm (Haden Hoggarth Kick) 14 7
TD 7:39 Jhomo Gordon 47 Yd pass from Larry Brihm (Haden Hoggarth Kick) 21 7
TD 2:16 Larry Brihm 12 Yd Run (Haden Hoggarth Kick) 28 7
THIRD QUARTER COOK SAV
TD 11:04 Jaime Wilson 17 Yd pass from Larry Brihm (Haden Hoggarth PAT failed) 34 7
TD 9:31 Danny Dillard 34 Yd Run (Haden Hoggarth Kick) 41 7
FOURTH QUARTER COOK SAV
TD 14:21 Brett Maxie 1 Yd Run (Haden Hoggarth Kick) 48 7
TD 13:19 Cantrell Frazier 15 Yd pass from Michael Knox (John Barron Kick) 48 14
TD 0:16 Nicholas Bentley 1 Yd Run (Dakota Garcia PAT blocked) 48 20
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