DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Quentin Williams threw for 207 yards and ran for 100 to lead Bethune-Cookman past Savannah State 42-12 to hand the Tigers their 24th straight loss on Saturday.
The Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 MEAC) took the lead for good when Williams threw a 13-yard score to Jaime Wilson to make it 7-3. The score went to 21-3 at half when Anthony Jordan ran for an 11-yard score and Larry Brihm completed a 56 yarder to Jawill Davis who finished with three receptions for 77 yards.
Williams and Brihm were a combined 13-for-27 for 303 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Arshon Spaulding threw for 102 yards for the Tigers and Richard Williams II had 15 carries for 79 yards. The Tigers’ lone touchdown occurred when Leonardo Myers picked off Brihm and returned it to score.
It was Bethune-Cookman’s 16th consecutive win against the Tigers (0-3, 0-1) dating to 1992.
GRAMBLING, LA.- Larry Brihm and Quentin Williams combined to throw for 463 yards and six touchdowns as Bethune-Cookman scored late and held on for a 56-53 victory over Grambling State on Saturday night.
Trailing 46-41 with 3:37 remaining in the game, Williams hit Jawill Davis, who finished with 199 yards, on a 29-yard scoring strike to retake the lead 49-46. Bethune-Cookman added another score with 1:48 left when Anthony Jordan ran in from 41 yards out. Grambling quickly marched down the field and Johna Williams hit Chester Rogers with a 12-yard scoring strike to close to 56-53 with 54 seconds left.
The game was tied at 14 at the half and remained close throughout
Quentin Williams completed 17 of 22 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns while Brihm was 17-of-26 for 219 yards and three scores.
Johna Williams threw for 326 yards on 30-of-47 passing for the G-Men.
1. It’s still a two-quarterback system
Redshirt senior Quentin Williams was named the team’s starter Thursday and played nine of the Wildcats’ 13 offensive drives, but Larry Brihm was also utilized in the game.
Brihm entered on B-CU’s third possession and completed a 10-yard pass to Jawill Davis to move the chains for the first time. He finished 2 of 4 for 18 yards and one interception.
Williams completed 2 of 7 attempts for 8 yards and a pick, while taking five sacks.
“I felt like a lot of that fell on me not having a sense of urgency,” Williams said of B-CU’s struggles in the passing game. “I came out slow in the beginning game, and I should have been more decisive.”
B-CU has maintained a two-quarterback system for the better part of the last five years, and it appears that will continue throughout the 2015 season.
2. Young defense flashed
It wasn’t all bad for the Wildcats, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Nine new starters took the field, including four freshmen — defensive tackle Jamal Thomas, middle linebacker Trenton Bridges and cornerbacks Elliott Miller and James Darby.
Darby made a strong play on Miami’s opening series, reading a wide receiver screen and tackling Stacy Coley for a 2-yard loss on 3rd-and-1. Ocala native Deonte Mayo, another redshirt freshman, had one sack and forced a fumble.
“They did phenomenal. I love playing with those guys,” senior safety Marquis Drayton said. “We’ve got two freshmen corners, a young D-line, and I’ll go to war with them any day.”
3. Not-so-special teams
Bethune-Cookman’s one game FBS season ended as most of us expected…one-sided. The best takeaways from the contest were the six figure check BCU picked up and the relative good health of the squad at the end of the night. But let’s face it, those were at the top of the list of realistic objectives for BCU before traveling to Sun Life Stadium to take on “The U” in front of 43,467 fans.
Miami’s defensive line dominated the contest and caused BCU’s offense to greatly struggle. In fact, the Wildcats managed just 50 yards of total offense through the first half and a putrid 29 in the final two quarters. “There defensive line (is the reason we struggled offensively). They have guys two deep that are outstanding” coach Sims stated in his postgame interview.
UM’s offense marched 70 yards on 16 plays on their first possession to open the game’s scoring. The Canes benefitted from two 4th down conversions on the drive. The first extended the drive on a 4th and 3 from the BCU 33. The second ended in a Brad Kaaya 5 yard touchdown pass to Standish Dobard.
Michael Badgley’s 25 yard field goal stretched the UM lead to 10-0 with 12:21 remaining in the first half.
Sun Life erupted at the 9:18 timestamp when Corn Elder returned a Jonathan Cagle punt 70 yards for an apparent score. However, Elder’s touchdown was nullified by the “get-away rule.”
The replay official overturned the touchdown after ruling one of Miami’s return men gave the “get-away” signal after Cagle’s short punt. By rule, the ball was ruled dead upon Elder’s touch since a Miami player gave the “get-away” signal. “Who Knew???”
Play was suspended at the conclusion of the play due to lightning in the area.
Kaaya went back to work when play resumed an hour and fifteen minutes later; this time connecting with Rashawn Scott in the left corner of the endzone on a beautifully executed 17 yard fade route.
Joseph Yearby pushed the lead to 24 with a 25 yard touchdown run 2:21 seconds before half.
Elder took a second punt return to the endzone just before the half. This one from 72 yards away. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, there was no “get-away” signal this time around to nullify the touchdown.
Mark Walton and Trayone Gray added touchdown runs from 5 and 1 yard out in the second half.
“I take all the blame for that 45 nothing. It’s my job to go in tomorrow and get them rallied up and ready to play next week” Sims said.
BCU’s young defense appeared fast and held their own until the 75 minute rain delay. Thy should fair much better against FCS opponents.
As far as the offense is concerned, 79 of total offense is hard to justify despite the opponent. The offensive line had a hard Terry Sims’ men must improve greatly if BCU is to contend for another MEAC crown in 2015.
- 1st Quarter
Brad Kaaya pass complete to Standish Dobard for 5 yds for a TD (Michael Badgley KICK)
Drive: 16 plays, 70 yds, 7:01
- 2nd Quarter
Michael Badgley 25 yd FG GOOD
Drive: 9 plays, 58 yds, 2:45
Brad Kaaya pass complete to Rashawn Scott for 17 yds for a TD BETHUNE COOKMAN Penalty, offside defense ( Yards) declined (Michael Badgley KICK)
Joseph Yearby run for 25 yds for a TD (Michael Badgley KICK)
Jonathan Cagle punt for 41 yds , Corn Elder returns for 72 yds for a TD (Michael Badgley KICK)
- 3rd Quarter
Mark Walton run for 5 yds for a TD (Michael Badgley KICK)
- 4th Quarter
Trayone Gray run for 1 yd for a TD MIAMI FL Penalty, false start (-5 Yards) to the BthCk 8 (Michael Badgley KICK)
Redshirt senior Quentin Williams was named Bethune-Cookman’s starting quarterback for Saturday’s season-opening game at Miami, head coach Terry Sims announced.
Williams had been competing with redshirt sophomore Larry Brihm throughout fall camp, and Sims said both players could see playing time at various points throughout the season.
Williams started 11 games last season, completing 61.7 percent of his throws for 1,426 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Tampa native has made 26 career starts over three seasons.
“He came in and took charge of the offense,” Sims said. “He’s managed the game and made sure that he was making great decisions at all times. That’s what you want from your first-string quarterback.” Continue…
The Detroit Lions filled a couple vacant roster spots earlier today after the release of safety Taylor Mays and receiver Jared Haggins on Saturday.
Former Bethune-Cookman Defensive end Erik Williams and linebacker Justin Cherocci (Central Michigan) have been added to the roster.
Williams recorded 33 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks for Bethune-Cookman last season.
The 6-3, 270-pound Williams, who spent time with the Buffalo Bills in the offseason, is the son of Lee Williams, an 11-year NFL veteran who played for the San Diego Chargers and Houston Oilers.
Williams will wear number 67 while Cherocci will wear 51.
The Bethune-Cookman football program has spent most of the last five seasons nationally ranked and atop the MEAC standings. In that same timeframe, the Wildcats have posted more victories than any other conference school and advanced to the postseason on four occasions. Yet despite its recent run of success, the buzz surrounding the program has been relatively quiet heading into the 2015 campaign. Questions abound as to rather BCU’s window of success is closing or if the Cats are poised to continue their reign as one of the premier programs in the HBCU and FCS ranks.
Here are 5 mysteries that must be solved if Bethune-Cookman is to remain consistent in its winning ways.
The Man following the Man
First year head coach Terry Sims inherits a roster full on talent but lacking in experience. Sims won’t be afforded a honeymoon period to acquaint himself or his young squad to the high expectations in Daytona Beach. Wildcat fans fully expect Sims to continue and build upon the success of former head coach Brian Jenkins.
Sims is well respected within the BCU athletic department. He is ultracompetitive, detailed-oriented, and perhaps better credentialed than was Jenkins when he first took over the reins in 2010. But there are some aspects of the head coaching position for which only the crucible of experience can prepare you. The manner in which Sims responds to tense, split-second and sometimes unpredictable moments on and off the field will go a long way in determining the success of this year’s squad.
Fantastic Four or Fantastic No-more???
Yogi Jones is arguably the best defensive coordinator in the MEAC. He will need to rely on all of his experience and know-how to ready a defense that features nine new starters including an all new front four.
Not only will the defensive line feature four new starters but the four new starters were not even enrolled at Bethune-Cookman this time last year. Thankfully, they all have some post-high school playing experience under their belts and they all possess great athleticism and potential. Getting this group of new faces to actualize their talents and replace the production void left by the likes of Erik Williams, LeBrandon Richardson and Rony Barrow will be quite a task even for Yogi Jones.
Inexperience at Linebacker
Donald Smith returns as the lone starter at linebacker. We expect Robert Way, our preseason pick for breakout player of the year, and Deland high school product Trenton Bridges to join Smith as the starting linebackers. All three guys will lay a good thump on you. We just want them to get in the habit of getting ball carriers on the ground and racking up tackles. We’ll worry about highlight reel hits down the road.
OC or Oh-No?
While Yogi Jones has proven his mettle as a great defensive coordinator, the jury is still out on 4th year offensive coordinator Jim Pry. BCU has never averaged more than 30 points per game or more than 400 yards of total offense under Pry’s guidance. In fact, Pry’s units rarely racked up huge numbers in his previously stints as offensive coordinator at Dartmouth, Akron and Duke. Granted, you can’t measure success by statistics alone and the offensive talent he had at his disposal while serving as OC at the aforementioned schools generally were not as good as the competition he faced. But coaching is a bottom line business. Pry will need to have the BCU offense prepared to carry more of the weight this season to give the new faces on defense time to jell and gain experience.
Step it up QB
In 2010, BCU entered Fall Camp unsure who would emerge as the primary signal caller. Senior Matt Johnson stepped up, made the job his own, and proceeded to have one of the best seasons any Wildcat quarterback has ever experienced. We’re hoping redshirt senior Quentin Williams can find some of that same magic in his final year.
Williams has not been bad as a starter but he has struggled with consistency at times. Q needs to step up his production this season. Whether he does or doesn’t isn’t an issue of talent but one of confidence.
Larry Brihm will challenge Williams for snaps all season and the thought of both quarterbacks taking meaningful snaps is not out of the question.
The Terry Sims era of Bethune-Cookman football begins on Saturday, September 5th when the Wildcats travel to South Florida to take on FBS powerhouse University of Miami. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 pm. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN3.