SAVANNAH, 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.
BCU outgained SSU 543 total yards to 202.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-16||2-12|
|4th Down Conversions||3-7||2-2|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Great news on the injury update to Korey Harris. Harris, who was carted off the field on a stretcher during Bethune-Cookman’s 49-12 Homecoming victory over Howard on Saturday, is expected to play this weekend according to head coach Brian Jenkins.
Bethune-Cookman outrushed the Howard Bison by a nearly 5:1 ratio (268 yards to 58) and secured a 49-12 Homecoming victory in front of 10,247 fans packed inside Daytona Beach’s Municipal Stadium on Saturday. Anthony Jordan led the Wildcats on the ground with 102 yards and 2 touchdowns on 11 attempts.
Jordan also contributed in the passing game and helped setup the Cat’s opening score after hooking up with Quentin Williams for a 19 and 16 yard pass and catch on the first two plays from scrimmage. Jordan capped the drive with a 3 yard touchdown run to push BCU ahead 7-0. The drive covered 75 yards and 11 plays. Williams was 4-4 for 57 yards through the air on the drive.
After a would be three and out on Howard’s ensuing possession, the penalty bug raised its ugly head when BCU extended the Bison’s drive with two consecutive encroachment penalties on 3rd down. The Bison offense capitalize on the Wildcat miscues but could only come away with a 46 yard John Fleck field goal to close the gap to 7-3.
The Wildcats took its second offensive possession the length of the field and found paydirt when Cary White raced off tackle 19 yards for BCU’s second rushing touchdown of the afternoon. The drive was sustained on the heels of a beautiful over the shoulder 30 yard grab by DeVonte Washington on 3rd down and 8 from the Howard 49 yardline.
Fleck added a second Bison field goal on Howard’s second possession this time from 31 yards out.
A 69 yard Drexler Dixon kickoff return followed by a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a Howard player for participating without a helmet setup BCU with great field position at the Howard 13. Quentin Williams called his own number five plays later and scored on a 1 yard quarterback keeper to push the Wildcat lead to 21-6. The score remained the same heading into halftime.
The offensive fireworks continued in the second half when HU’s Robert Mercer returned the second half kickoff 74 yards to the BCU 23. 4 plays later, reigning MEAC Offensive Player of the year, Greg McGhee, scored on a one yard quarterback keeper to cut BCU’s lead to 21-12.
The Wildcats, not to be outdone, opened its first possession of the second half in similarly spectacular fashion. After a modest return to its own 21 yardline, Anthony Jordan scampered 79 yards for his second touchdown run on BCU’s first offensive play in the second half. Jordan’s touchdown run pushed BCU’s lead to 28-12 and was the Wildcat’s longest play from scrimmage this season.
“We got punched in the mouth (to open the second half),” B-CU coach Brian Jenkins said. “They came out with a big return off of our guys’ lackadaisical play. Then, they got it in the end zone a couple of plays later. But I tell our guys it’s not that you get punched in the mouth, it’s how you respond. And they responded.”
Quarterback Quentin Williams was a very respectable 6 for 9 passing for 114 yards through 2 and half quarters. However, Williams, who also ran for a score, was replaced by redshirt freshman quarterback Larry Brihm in the middle of the 3rd quarter.
“We had it planned to play Larry,” Jenkins said. “We think he’s an explosive player.”
Brihm rewarded his coach’s trust by leading the Wildcats on 3 second half scoring drives during which time he threw his first collegiate touchdown (a 24 yard strike to Jhomo Gordon in the right corner of the endzone); he scored on his first college rushing touchdown on a 2 yard keeper; and he engineered the drive that ended with Jamaruz Thompkins scoring his first collegiate touchdown (on a 2 yard run).
Brihm finished the contest 7 for 11 passing for 58 yards and 1 touchdown.
Ralph Williams led the defensive charge accounting for 11 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 fumble recovery.
Defensive lineman Korey Harris, who was transported off the field on a stretcher, is reported to be fine according to head coach Brian Jenkins. “He had some numbness in the beginning but the feeling returned before he was carted off.” Our doctors did a tremendous job of immediately addressing the issue which gives me a lot of confidence. He was transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons but he is fine.”
Team Stat Comparison
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Quentin Williams threw two touchdowns and ran for a third to lift Bethune-Cookman to a 34-33 comeback win over Florida Tech on Saturday.
BCU trailed 27-20 heading into the fourth quarter but Williams tied the game with a 27 yard touchdown run at the 3:18 mark and connected with Frank Brown on a 67 yard catch and run with 1:25 remaining in the contest to push BCU’s lead to 34-27.
Florida Tech, a Division II team, had a chance to win the contest after marching 80 yards on the ensuing possession and narrowing the lead to 34-33. Donald Smith intercepted Mark Cato’s pass on the two point conversion attempt to preserve the win for the Wildcats.
BCU improved to 3-1 on the year and will begin conference play next Saturday against Delaware State in Daytona Beach.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd down efficiency||7-17||7-15|
|4th down efficiency||1-2||1-1|
|Yards per pass||8.4||7.9|
|Yards per rush||4.1||3.9|
NDSU extended its FCS-record winning streak to 28 games after topping then No. 3 Montana, 22-10, on Saturday in a matchup of top-five teams. The Bison totaled 447 yards of offense, including 280 rushing yards, and possessed the ball for 39:08 to earn their 16th straight home win. Kicker Adam Keller kicked a school-record five field goals, including a season-long 47-yard field goal, and added one extra point to score 16
Nine conferences were represented among the 25 teams. The Missouri Valley Football Conference led all conferences with seven teams in the top 25. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) was second with four schools while the Big Sky, Big South and Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) each placed three.
The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.
|1||North Dakota State (26)||4-0||650||1|
|9||South Dakota State||3-1||449||10|
|13||William & Mary||3-1||301||17|
Dropped out: No. 21 Furham, No. 23 Northern Arizona, No. T25 Bryant, No. T25 Sam Houston State
Others receiving votes: Sam Houston State 26, Towson 22, Furman 18, Alcorn State 16, Samford 16, Harvard 13, Northern Arizona 13, Sacramento State 12, Stephen F. Austin 9, Indiana State 7, North Carolina A&T 7, Albany 5, Alabama State 3, South Dakota 3, Bryant 2, Cal Poly 2, Northwestern State 1, Southeast Missouri State 1
Bradford Gillens | Orlando, FL-Before a near capacity crowd of 44,510 at Brighthouse Networks Stadium, after leading 7-3 after the first quarter, Bethune-Cookman surrendered 38 unanswered points to the University of Central Florida en route to a 41-7 defeat. With the loss, the Cats dropped their seventh straight game to the Knights, the last coming in a 38-7 decision in 1995.
Once again, penalties plagued the Wildcats as they were flagged a season high 17 times for 137 yards after a 10-150 yard performance against Grambling. Several times during the game those penalties either extended Knights drives or led to UCF scores. When I spoke to head coach Brian Jenkins last week regarding the extreme amount of penalties his teams accrue on a weekly basis, he told me “he would live with them” because it oftentimes is the result of them playing physical. He may want to reevaluate that assessment after today’s game.
Leading the B-CU offense was quarterback Quentin Williams, who finished 9-12 for 102 yards along with 32 rushing yards, but was constantly pressured by the UCF defensive front, leading to him being sacked a season high five times. The Wildcat offense struggled mightily against the Knights defensive front, and never really got anything going. Jenkins was visibly dejected after this loss and through one of his assistant coaches, declined to speak to the media and did not make Bethune-Cookman players available to the media either.
Are you planning to attend Saturday’s matchup against UCF? If so, you may be happy to know that University Carillon United Methodist Church, located just across the street from Brighthouse Stadium, is offering a visiting team and family friendly parking venue for today’s game.
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1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo FL 32765