Cats and Dogs

Frazier versus Ali; that’s the way Coach Brian Jenkins described this weekend’s conference showdown with powerhouse South Carolina State. The two squads enter the contest as the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the Sheridan Broadcasting Network’s Black College Football Poll. The winner of this heavyweight matchup will emerge as the clear frontrunner to this year’s MEAC crown. The loser will find themselves “scoreboard watching” and wishing for help over the weeks to come.

Brian Jenkins’ club ended SCSU’s 21-game conference win streak last year and was the first MEAC squad to blank the Bulldogs at home in over 30 years.

Previewing the Dogs

Buddy Pough’s Bulldogs have grown unaccustomed with losing over recent years. Take last week’s defeat against Central Michigan (CMU) as an example. SCSU lost by 15 points, on the road against an FBS opponent. Most FCS schools would consider that a good showing; but not Bulldog fans. Many members of the “Dog pound” believe South Carolina State was good enough to win that game and Brian Jenkins tends to agree. In his weekly teleconference, Coach Jenkins stated that SCSU was three makeable plays away from pulling off the upset against CMU.

SCSU boasts one of the best defenses in FCS football (2nd in total defense in 2010). The Bulldog defense held CMU to 256 yards of total offense and 21 points last week. By comparison, BCU’s offense produced nearly double the yardage output (500 yards) and triple the points scored (63) against Prairie View in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. South Carolina State has at least one all-conference performer at all three levels of their defense (Patrick Washington-DL, Donovan Richard-LB, Dominique Ellis-DB). Washington is an extremely athletic, havoc causing defensive lineman. His style of play is very similar to that of BCU defensive end, Ryan Davis. The Wildcat offense must account for Washington in both the running and passing game. Donovan Richard is an above average linebacker who possess great range and speed. He recorded 10 tackles (1 tackle for a loss) in last week’s defeat at CMU.

SCSU QB Derrick Wiley

On the offensive side of the ball, Derrick Wiley is a mobile quarterback who struggled with his accuracy a week ago. Wiley and the Bulldogs are without the services of wide receiver Lennel Elmore who is ineligible due to grades. Elmore led the Bulldogs in receiving and was an All-MEAC performer a year ago. The Dogs will depend upon Asheton Jordan (RB) and the running game to carry the load until the passing game gets on track. Jordan is a physical runner with decent speed. He’ll lineup behind an offensive line that featured four new starters and struggled to establish the line of scrimmage last week against CMU.

Blake Erickson is the place kicker and he gives the Bulldogs a decided advantage in the kicking game.

A Closer Look at the Wildcats

In spite BCU’s 49 point victory to open the season, there is still much room for improvement. QB, Jamarr Robinson racked up 281 yards of offense (251 passing and 30 rushing) and earned MVP honors at last week’s MEAC/SWAC Challenge. However, Robinson appeared to miss on a few reads in the passing game and was errant on several throws. The Wildcats also committed far too many penalties last week (12 penalties for 132 yards).

On a positive note, BCU’s offensive and defensive fronts dominated the line of scrimmage. Particularly impressive was the play of defensive tackles Harold Love, Jameil Farrington, and Lavon McCoy. Another impressive sight from last week’s contest was the quality of depth displayed by the Wildcats. Coach Jenkins seemingly rotated 3 or 4 players on every play, yet there was no noticeable drop off in talent.

Fighting like Cats and Dogs

Bethune’s offense versus South Carolina State’s defense is strength against strength. The outcome of this game will likely depend upon the play of the other units. Can the Bulldog offense effectively run the ball and limit the possessions of BCU’s high-powered offense? Will the Wildcat’s opportunistic defense force turnovers (6 takeaways last week) and short field situations? Which squad will ascend as the top team in black college football? We’ll have our answers to these questions when this highly anticipated matchup kickoff at 4:00, Saturday, September 10th at Municipal Stadium.

Can’t Wait!!!!

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 Interesting Notes

  • BCU ranked 1st in Total Offense and Scoring Offense in the MEAC last year.
  • SCSU ranked 1st in Total Defense and Scoring Defense in the conference.

Last 10 contests in the series—

  • BCU and SCSU are 5-5 in their last 10 meetings.

Recent Memorable Matchups —

  • 2005—SCSU QB Cleveland McCoy led the Bulldogs on a game winning 17 play, 80 yard 4th quarter touchdown drive to defeat the Wildcats 27-24 in Jacksonville.
  • 2006—After trailing by 14 points, Coach Alvin Wyatt scrapped the Wyatt-Bone offense in favor of a 4 wide receiver set. BCU scored 45 unanswered points and defeated the Bulldogs 45-21. BCU QB, Jarrod Rucker threw 5 touchdowns in that contest.
  • 2010—BCU defeated 14-0 in Orangeburg ending the Bulldog’s 21-game conference winning streak.

DJ Howard named MEAC defensive player of the week

MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY FOOTBALL HONORS – MEACsports.com – The Official Site of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

bDJ Howard (S, 6-0, 185, r-So., Daytona Beach, Fla.) made five tackles in the secondary, three solo, as the Wildcats defeated Prairie View A&M 63-14 in the annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney.  He scooped up a fumble early in the second quarter and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown.  Howard also halted a time expiring score in the second quarter for PVAMU by capturing his first interception on the season. 

Norfolk State QB Chris Walley was named offensive player of the week.  Other top performers includes BCU’s:

Nick Addison–blocked a punt and collected three tackles, two solo, in his collegiate debut against Prairie View A&M.  

Corey Mason–anchored the Wildcats offensive line that accounted for 500 yards of total offense against Prairie View A&M.

Jamarr Robinson–accounted for 281 total offensive yards with three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 63-14 rout of Prairie View A&M in the annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney.

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BCU pounds Prairie View

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jamarr Robinson ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Bethune-Cookman past Prairie View A&M 63-14 in the MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge on Sunday.

Isidore Jackson and Anthony Jordan scored two touchdowns each for the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference co-champs. The Wildcats forced five first-half turnovers by PVAMU.  The Panthers committed six turnovers overall, three leading directly to Bethune-Cookman touchdowns in the first meeting between these schools.

Robinson, a transfer from Maryland, completed 22 of 31 passes for 251 yards.  Bethune-Cookman took a 42-0 late in the second quarter and finished with 500 total yards.  Robinson went to the bench after taking the Wildcats on a 76-yard touchdown drive to start the third quarter.

Jonathan Troast was 12 of 22 for 116 yards and two interceptions for the Panthers, who finished with 262 total yards.

Robinson began the scoring with a 10-yard run on B-CU’s first possession.  Jackson ran in from the 1 at 1:24 of the first period to make it 14-0.  After a 9-yard TD run by Robinson at 13:03 of the second quarter, the Wildcats scored two defensive touchdowns 95 seconds apart.

D.J. Howard went 31 yards with a fumble and Reggie Sandilands scooted 51 yards for with another.  Robinson threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Byron McLeod at 5:09 of the second quarter, boosting the margin to 42-0.

Troast hit Deandre Cooper from 11 yards 3:45 before halftime to make it 42-7.

STATS

  Prairie View A&M Bethune-Cook.
1st Downs

16

25

Total Yards

261

497

Passing

139

254

Rushing

122

243

Penalties

6-30

12-133

3rd Down Conversions

2-13

8-18

4th Down Conversions

0-2

2-2

Turnovers

6

0

Possession

23:10

36:05

Passing Leaders

 
Prairie View A&M

C/ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

Troast

12/22

116

5.3

1

2

 
Bethune-Cookman

C/ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

Robinson

21/30

245

8.2

1

0

Rushing Leaders

 
Prairie View A&M

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Groover

13

47

3.6

0

10

Waddy

4

43

10.8

0

40

 
Bethune-Cookman

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Scott

8

70

8.8

0

19

Jackson

9

59

6.6

2

20

Receiving Leaders

 
Prairie View A&M

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Nelson

3

60

20.0

0

26

Cooper

3

20

6.7

1

11

 
Bethune-Cookman

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Francois

4

74

18.5

0

39

Poole

3

58

19.3

0

33

Scoring Summary

 

FIRST QUARTER

PV

COOK

  TD 10:11 Jamarr Robinson 10 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

0

7

  TD 01:24 Isidore Jackson 1 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

0

14

SECOND QUARTER

PV

COOK

  TD 13:03 Jamarr Robinson 9 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

0

21

  TD 11:58 Dj Howard 31 Yd Fumble Return (Sven Hurd Kick)

0

28

  TD 10:23 Reggie Sandilands 51 Yd Fumble Return (Sven Hurd Kick)

0

35

  TD 05:09 Byron McLeod 3 Yd Pass From Jamarr Robinson (Sven Hurd Kick)

0

42

  TD 03:45 Deandre Cooper 11 Yd Pass From Jonathan Troast (Christopher Barrick Kick)

7

42

THIRD QUARTER

PV

COOK

  TD 12:42 Isidore Jackson 9 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

7

49

  TD 01:38 Jerry Lovelocke 7 Yd Run (Christopher Barrick Kick)

14

49

FOURTH QUARTER

PV

COOK

  TD 07:30 Anthony Jordan 6 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

14

56

  TD 00:55 Anthony Jordan 3 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

14

63