Jackie Wilson earns MEAC POTW honors

A Wildcat football player has earned MEAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week.  Quarterback Jackie Wilson was selected as this week’s MEAC Offensive Player of the Week.  Also honored this week was Corwin Hammond of Norfolk State (Defensive Player of the Week).

D’Vonte Grant of North Carolina A&T and Tracy Martin of Morgan State was selected as the Co-Rookie’s of the Week while Lawrence Brewer, also of Morgan State, was named the Offensive Lineman of the Week.  Blake Erickson of South Carolina State was selected as the Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively.

Wilson (QB, 6-0, 210, So., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) completed 12 of 15 passes for 183 yards with one touchdown in the Wildcats’ 34-6 win over North Carolina Central. He also carried the ball nine times for 113 yards with another touchdown on the ground. 

Hammond (LB, 6-1, 220, r-Sr., Louisville, Ky.) recorded a season-high 12 tackles, nine solo, in the Spartans’ 14-10 win over North Carolina A&T to remain in first place of the conference standings.  He registered five tackles for a loss of 17 yards including one sack for a nine-yard loss.  He also forced a fumble and broke up a pass in the win.

Grant (LB, 5-11, r-Fr., Charlotte, NC) collected a career-high 17 tackles, 15 solo, in the Aggies loss to Norfolk State.  He tallied 3.5 tackles for a loss of 14 yards and recorded a broken up pass.

Martin (RB, 5-9, 190, r-Fr., Beltsville, Md.) ran for 154 yards on 38 carries with two touchdowns in the Bears’ (12-0) shutout victory over Delaware State. 
Brewer (OL, 6-5, 290, Sr., Ft. Washington, Md.) graded out at 98-percent on his assignments as he paved the way for the Bears to record 314 offensive yards in the win over Delaware State.  He helped the team post 289 yards on the ground and racked up five pancake blocks.

Erickson (PK/P, 5-10, 165, Sr., Cantonment, Fla.) finished a perfect 4-of-4 on PATs and connected on a 22-yard field goal in South Carolina State’s 31-0 win over Howard.  He averaged 38.8 yards on six punts, including a long of 66 yards.  He also handled the kickoff responsibilities, averaging 58.7 yards on six attempts.

Other Top Performer

Jean Fanor (B-CU) posted six tackles, two solo, with one interception and one forced fumble in the Wildcats’ win over North Carolina Central.

Last week’s Contest

The Bethune-Cookman offense racked up 525 yards of Total Offense spoiling the homecoming of 12,516 North Carolina Central fans.  Isidore Jackson and Jackie Wilson both eclipsed the 100 yard rushing mark in Saturday’s contest. 

On the opposite side of the ball, the Wildcat defense held the Eagles scoreless until the 13:17 mark in the 4th quarter.  DJ Howard led the Cats with 8 tackles.

The Wildcats are currently playing as well as anyone in the MEAC and will look to continue their impressive late season push in a homecoming matchup against the surprising Morgan State Bears.  Morgan State and Norfolk State are the only remaining 1-loss conference teams. 

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Jekyll-and-Hyde Eagles are a mystery, even to their coach, Henry Frazier

Associated Press

NCCU QB Michael Johnson

DURHAM — Sounding ominous just days before Halloween, N.C. Central coach

Henry Frazier III said he’s never sure whether the Eagles he sees all week at practice will be the same ones who will show up on game day.

“We’ve been Jekyll-and-Hyde all season. I really don’t know which team is going to show up,” Frazier said.

It’s as if the Eagles looked at the schedule and circled the contests they believed required their “A” games, Frazier said.

If that’s the case, it would seem Saturday’s game against Bethune-Cookman (2 p.m., nccueaglepride.com) is highlighted, because it’s homecoming, and there’s something about putting on a good show for the alums.

The Eagles better come ready to play, because Bethune-Cookman is no joke, Frazier said. The Wildcats can run it, pass it and sure enough will hit, he said.

“That 49 on defense is something else. He’s a grown man out there,” Frazier said about Bethune-Cookman defensive end Ryan Davis. “Their defense is a bunch of grown men running around.”

Last week against Norfolk State, Davis had 3.5 sacks, 11 tackles, forced a fumble and recovered another and was credited with a quarterback hurry, all of which made him not only the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week but also brought in Bethune-Cookman’s first National Football Championship Subdivsion Defensive Player of the Week award from The Sports Network/Fathead.com, given weekly to the top defender in the nation.

It’s not just Bethune-Cookman’s defense that furrows Frazier’s brow.

“Everything is of concern,” Frazier said.

NCCU’s defensive backs will have to make sure Wildcat wide receiver Eddie Poole is accounted for, and Bethune-Cookman doesn’t have just one or two running backs but a stable of them who all see time in the backfield and know what to do when they get their hands on the ball, Frazier said.

“They break tackles,” Frazier said. “We’re talking gang tackling.”

Bethune-Cookman running back Isidore Jackson last week was the MEAC Offensive Player of the Week after averaging 6.5 yards per carry and finishing with 206 yards.

“All of our running backs are capable of doing what Ike did,” Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins said.

The Wildcats (4-3) have at least five solid running backs, but if one of them particularly is doing his thing out there on the field, then that guy might get most of the carries, Jenkins said.

NCCU (1-6) has yet to win a game in the conference since returning this season as a full MEAC member.

“North Carolina Central is probably the best one-win team that I’ve seen, and I don’t mean that with any disrespect,” Jenkins said. “They’re no slouch, now.”

Jenkins said NCCU probably should have beaten South Carolina. State, a team that for years has set the standard in the MEAC.

“They had South Carolina State on the ropes,” Jenkins said.

He was referring to S.C. State’s 49-38 over the Eagles earlier this season. NCCU has lost five straight, including last week’s 30-27 overtime defeat at Hampton.

“We’re not looking at them lightly or overlooking them,” Jenkins said of the Eagles. “They’re very disciplined and sound.”

Frazier wouldn’t agree about that discipline part. The Eagles committed 133 yards of penalties in each of their last two games. Those flags have been real thorns, Frazier said.

Still, eliminate NCCU’s record and what the Eagles are is a good football team, Jenkins insisted.

“Offensively, their quarterback gets rid of the football pretty fast, and they throw the ball up and down the field on people,” Jenkins said.

NCCU’s offense is efficient and can score, the Eagles play swarming defense and overall that team just plain plays hard, Jenkins said.

Thing is, there’s no telling which NCCU ball club will show up for the game, according to Frazier.

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MEAC Football Week Eight: The Final Word

MEAC FOOTBALL WEEK EIGHT: The Final Word
Bethune-Cookman delivers Norfolk State its first conference defeat; Howard stuns A&T in overtime; Rattlers snap losing skid to SCSU;
NCCU takes Hampton to OT

Alvin Hollins Jr.

By ALVIN HOLLINS JR.

Oct. 22 – Two overtime games and a three-point upset by a road team in regulation shook and pressed the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings with four weeks left.

Two teams – Norfolk State and North Carolina A&T – came into the weekend undefeated in league play, but by mid-afternoon, both clubs had suffered setbacks which took them down a peg, while bringing the pack in the MEAC much closer, setting up an intriguing final four weeks of play.

Norfolk State (6-2, 4-1 in MEAC) dropped to second place with their 14-6 loss to Bethune-Cookman (4-3, 2-2) Thursday night, but that battlefield demotion lasted all of 48 hours, as North Carolina A&T (4-3, 3-1) fell in overtime to Howard University (4-4, 3-2), 35-28 in Washington, D.C. Saturday, allowing the Spartans to reclaim the league’s pole position.

Meanwhile, Florida A&M (5-3, 3-2) ended an eight-game losing streak to South Carolina State (4-4, 3-2), 27-24, in Orangeburg, icing the game with a gutsy fourth-down fake punt, which allowed the Rattlers to retain possession with just over a minute left to run out the clock.

In Saturday’s final game, Hampton University (4-3, 2-2) needed overtime to subdue pesky North Carolina Central (1-6, 0-4), 30-27 at Hampton, after finishing regulation tied 24-24.

Thursday Night’s Game
Defending MEAC Football co-champion Bethune-Cookman turned in a stellar defensive performance Thursday night, briefly bouncing Norfolk State out of the league lead with a 14-6 at Dick Price Stadium in a nationally-televised contest.

The win kept Bethune-Cookman (4-3, 2-2 in MEAC) in the conference title chase, while Norfolk State (6-2, 4-1) saw its’ five-game win streak end, briefly swapping spots with North Carolina A&T.

Next Week’s Schedule At A Glance
This weekend’s four-game slate has now set the table for October’s final week, which features five games, headlined by a 1-2 matchup when North Carolina A&T invades Norfolk State (2:00).

Second place Morgan State (4-3, 3-1) will be on the road at cellar dweller Delaware State (1-6, 0-4) at 1:00; South Carolina State (4-4, 3-2) visits resurgent Howard University (4-4, 3-2) at 1:00; Bethune-Cookman (4-3, 2-2) is at North Carolina Central (1-6, 0-4) at 2:00; Hampton (4-3, 2-2) visits Savannah State (1-6, 1-3) at 2:00.

Florida A&M will have a bye next weekend.

The Chase For The MEAC: Update
After Saturday’s action, Norfolk State (6-2, 4-1) moved back to first place; North Carolina A&T (4-3, 3-1) is now tied for second with idle Morgan State (4-3, 3-1).

After that, there is a three-way tie for fourth involving Florida A&M (5-3, 3-2), South Carolina State (4-4, 3-2) and Howard University (4-4, 3-2), followed by Bethune-Cookman (4-3, 2-2) and Hampton (4-3, 2-2) tied for seventh, with Savannah State (1-6, 1-3), North Carolina Central (1-6, 0-4) and Delaware State (2-5, 0-4) rounding out the standings.

2011 MEAC Football Remaining Conference Games
NORFOLK STATE (6-2, 4-1):
A&T, 10-29; @SAV, 11-5; MORG, 11-12.
#Despite their 14-6 loss to Bethune-Cookman last Thursday, Norfolk may be in the best position to win their first-ever MEAC football title if they can sweep their final three games, including two at home against lead contenders A&T and Morgan.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T (4-3, 3-1): @NORF, 10-29; @FAMU, 11-5; @SCSU, 11-12; NCCU, 11-19.
#The resurgent Aggies enjoyed a 48-hour stay in first place in the MEAC, before falling in overtime to fellow comeback player of the year, Howard on Saturday, in the first leg of their feared four-game road stretch which features stops at Norfolk, FAMU and SCSU.

MORGAN STATE (4-3, 3-1): @DSU, 10-29; @B-CU, 11-5; NORF, 11-12; @HAM, 11-19.
#Considered a darkhorse contender with no SCSU or FAMU on their schedule, the Bears could have a November to remember though, as they close against B-CU, Norfolk and Hampton, after next week’s game at Delaware State.

S.C. STATE (4-4, 3-2): @HOW, 10-29); A&T, 11-12; @SAV, 11-19.
The Bulldogs have a tough row to hoe along with their fellow defending co-champions following their 27-24 home loss to Florida A&M… SCSU must try to stay in the title conversation now with their next two games against the league’s two resurgent programs: Howard and North Carolina A&T next on the docket..

FLORIDA A&M (5-3, 3-2): A&T, 11-5; @NCCU, 11-12; B-CU, 11-19.              The defending co-champs ended an eight-game losing streak to SCSU, surging past the Bulldogs, 27-24 to remain alive in this cast of thousands in the MEAC title chase. The Rattlers get a much-needed bye Oct. 29, to rest and watch how the league will shake out after a full five-game conference weekend… FAMU closes against A&T, NCCU and B-CU.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY (4-4, 3-2): SCSU, 10-29; @HAM, 11-5; @DSU, 11-19.
#The upstart Bison continued their resurgence Saturday with 35-28 overtime win over longtime rival North Carolina A&T, keeping them in the MEAC title conversation, with their final three games, featuring SCSU, Hampton and DelState.

BETHUNE-COOKMAN (4-3, 2-2): @NCCU, 10-29; MORG, 11-5; SAV, 11-12; FAMU, 11-19.
#The other co-champ holding on for dear life is B-CU, which breathed a bit of life into their faint title hopes with Thursday’s 14-6 win at Norfolk State, which helped further tighten the standings… B-CU travels to North Carolina Central, opening a four-game closing stretch that includes November bouts against Morgan, Savannah and FAMU.

HAMPTON (4-3, 2-2): @SAV, 10-29; HOW, 11-5; DSU, 11-12; MORG, 11-19.
#The Pirates needed overtime to eke out a 30-27 win over North Carolina Central, keeping themselves in a pack of five two-loss teams… Their closing games feature a road game at Savannah State and their final three games in Armstrong Stadium, giving them a chance at an upper division finish.

SAVANNAH STATE (1-6, 1-3): HAM, 10-29; NORF, 11-5; @B-CU, 11-12; SCSU, 11-19.
#The first year Tigers are completely out of the hunt as they face a dastardly closing stretch of games with Hampton, Norfolk, B-CU and SCSU all in a row. Bon appetit Tigers.

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (1-6, 0-4): B-CU, 10-29; @DSU, 11-5; FAMU, 11-12; @A&T, 11-19.
#The other MEAC newcomer has a dropped a 30-27 overtime heartbreaker at Hampton Saturday, showing signs of being a tough out down the stretch… Their closing stretch features co-champs B-CU and FAMU, and the Aggie-Eagle Classic against North Carolina A&T.

DELAWARE STATE (2-5, 0-4): MORG, 10-29; NCCU, 11-5; @HAM, 11-12; HOW, 11-19.#The slip sliding Hornets won’t ease into the offseason with their remaining games that feature contenders A&T, Morgan and Hampton… Still, should they muster a right cross and an upper cut or two, they could spoil the day for a couple of teams down the stretch.

Week 8 Games (Oct. 20-22)
Thursday, October 20
*Bethune-Cookman 14, Norfolk State 6

Saturday, October 22
*Howard University 35, North Carolina A&T 28/OT
*Florida A&M 27, South Carolina State 24
*Hampton 30, North Carolina Central 27/OT
BYES: Delaware State, Morgan State, Savannah State
*Conference Games

Week 9 Games (Oct. 29)
*Morgan State at Delaware State, 1:00
*South Carolina State at Howard, 1:00
*Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina Central, 2:00
* North Carolina A&T at Norfolk State, 2:00
*Hampton at Savannah State, 2:00
BYE: Florida A&M
*Conference Games

 

Wildcats keep MEAC hopes alive in 14-6 defeat of #24 Norfolk State

Eddie Poole extends his consecutive games reception streak to 19 against Norfolk State--Photo Courtesy of The Virginian Pilot

The 24th ranked and conference unbeaten Norfolk State Spartans entered Thursday night’s nationally televised contest  boasting the conference’s top offense, number 1 scoring defense, and the conference’s best offensive player through the midpoint of the season in QB Chris Walley. But it was the Wildcats who dominated both sides of the ball and exited Dick Price Stadium with a convincing 14-6 victory.

For the second consecutive week, Junior running back Isidore Jackson set a single game career high with 206 yards rushing on 34 carries.  Jackson’s determined running along with a dominant performance by the Bethune Cookman offensive line helped the Wildcats outgained  Norfolk State on the ground 245 yards to 97.

Jackie Wilson got the start at quarterback for the Wildcats.  Wilson passed for a modest 88 yards on 8 of 16 attempts including a 7 yard touchdown completion to KJ Stroud with 11:56 remaining in the 3rd quarter.  It was the Rutger’s transfer first td reception in a BCU uniform.  Wilson played the entire game with his throwing hand heavily wrapped.  The nature and severity of Wilson’s injury is unknown but is a reason for concern.  Last week’s starter, David Blackwell, dislocated the thumb on his throwing hand in the contest against Fort Valley State and it is believed that Jamarr Robinson has an undisclosed leg injury which has limited his play and/or availability.

Brian Jenkins and the coaching staff deserve a ton of praise for developing a winning gameplan that protected the Wildcat quarterback given the current injury situation at the position.

The Wildcat’s two touchdowns on the evening came on their opening possession of the game and the opening possession of the second half.  It was all of the scoring the Cats needed on the evening as the Wildcat defense prevented the Spartans from getting into the endzone only yielding two long field goals in the contest.

The Wildcat defensive front-7 dominated the Spartans offense all night.  Defensive End Ryan Davis was quite simply the best player on the field and registered as good of a defensive performance as you will ever witness.  Davis accounted for 3.5 sacks, 11 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery on the evening.  Davis and the Wildcats limited NSU to less than 250 yards of total offense and produced 3 turnovers.  The last of which was a game sealing Dion Hanks interception in the endzone with :50 seconds remaining in the contest.

With the victory on Thursday night, the Wildcats keep their slim hopes alive of winning a share of the 2011 MEAC crown.  BCU will take the field again next Saturday in Durham, NC against upstart North Carolina Central. 

 

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER

COOK

NORF

  TD 04:08 Anthony Jordan 2 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

7

0

SECOND QUARTER

COOK

NORF

  FG 02:18 Everett Goldberg 50 Yd

7

3

THIRD QUARTER

COOK

NORF

  TD 11:56 Keith Stroud 7 Yd Pass From Jackie Wilson (Sven Hurd Kick)

14

3

  FG 07:27 Everett Goldberg 47 Yd

14

6

Team Stat Comparison

  Bethune-Cook. Norfolk St
1st Downs

19

16

3rd down efficiency

6-15

5-15

4th down efficiency

0-0

0-0

Total Yards

333

249

Passing

88

152

Comp-Att

8-16

17-28

Yards per pass

5.5

5.4

Rushing

245

97

Rushing Attempts

54

36

Yards per rush

4.5

2.7

Penalties

8-59

6-31

Turnovers

2

3

Fumbles lost

0

2

Interceptions thrown

2

1

Possession

31:40

28:20

Bethune-Cookman Passing
 

C/ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

J. Wilson

8/16

88

5.5

1

2

Team

8/16

88

5.5

1

2

                 

 

Norfolk State Passing
 

C/ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

C. Walley

14/24

88

3.7

0

1

N. Flores

3/4

64

16.0

0

0

Team

17/28

152

5.4

0

1

Bethune-Cookman Rushing
 

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

I. Jackson

34

206

6.1

0

49

R. Scott

8

34

4.3

0

15

J. Wilson

7

14

2.0

0

15

A. Jordan

2

1

0.5

1

2

-. Team

3

-10

-3.3

0

0

Team

54

245

4.5

1

49

                     

 

Norfolk State Rushing
 

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

T. Hedgeman

16

54

3.4

0

13

K. Lewis

4

44

11.0

0

17

N. Flores

7

16

2.3

0

4

R. Maynes

1

-1

-1.0

0

0

C. Walley

8

-16

-2.0

0

3

Team

36

97

2.7

0

17

Bethune-Cookman Receiving
 

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

M. Francois

3

56

18.7

0

29

E. Poole

2

20

10.0

0

14

K. Stroud

1

7

7.0

1

7

P. Harris

1

7

7.0

0

7

R. Scott

1

-2

-2.0

0

0

Team

8

88

11.0

1

29

                     

 

Norfolk State Receiving
 

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

X. Boyce

6

76

12.7

0

45

R. Garrett

4

36

9.0

0

14

V. Hairston

4

35

8.8

0

14

K. Johnson

1

3

3.0

0

3

K. Lewis

2

2

1.0

0

2

Team

17

152

8.9

0

45

Bethune-Cookman Interceptions
 

INT

YDS

TD

D. Hanks

1

12

0

Team

1

12

0

                 

 

Norfolk State Interceptions
 

INT

YDS

TD

R. Volcin

1

0

0

D. Reynolds

1

0

0

Team

2

0

0

Bethune-Cookman Kick Returns
 

NO

YDS

AVG

LG

C. Keith

2

39

19.5

26

J. Moss

1

4

4.0

4

Team

3

43

14.3

26

               

 

Norfolk State Kick Returns
 

NO

YDS

AVG

LG

V. Hairston

2

41

20.5

23

M. Cooperwood

1

19

19.0

19

Team

3

60

20.0

23

Bethune-Cookman Punt Returns
 

NO

YDS

AVG

LG

P. Cleckley

1

14

14.0

14

C. Wilson

1

0

0.0

0

Team

2

14

7.0

14

 

Norfolk State Punt Returns
 

NO

YDS

AVG

LG

M. Cooperwood

2

14

7.0

7

V. Hairston

1

6

6.0

6

Team

3

20

6.7

7

Bethune-Cookman Kicking
 

FG

PCT

LONG

XP

PTS

S. Hurd

0/1

0.0

2/2

2

Team

0/1

0.0

2/2

2

                   

 

Norfolk State Kicking
 

FG

PCT

LONG

XP

PTS

E. Goldberg

2/2

100.0

50

0/0

6

Team

2/2

100.0

50

0/0

6

Bethune-Cookman Punting
 

TOT

YDS

AVG

TB

-20

LG

K. Kowalski

7

256

36.6

0

3

58

Team

7

256

36.6

0

3

58

                       

 

Norfolk State Punting
 

TOT

YDS

AVG

TB

-20

LG

T. Muenzer

7

260

37.1

0

2

51

Team

7

260

37.1

0

2

51

 

BCU Cruise to Victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Isidore Jackson scored three rushing touchdowns, Anthony Jordan added two scores and Bethune-Cookman defeated Fort Valley State 58-30 on Saturday.

Jackson, who ran for a career-high 150 yards on 19 carries, scored on runs of 13 and 8 yards in the second quarter and added a 20-yard rushing score in the second half. His 13-yard run gave Bethune-Cookman a 27-7 lead with 13:15 left in the second. With the win, Bethune-Cookman (3-3) ended a two-game losing streak.

Both of Jordan’s touchdowns runs came from 1-yard away. Fort Valley State (1-6), a team from Division II, extended its losing streak to two games. Bethune-Cookman totaled 648 yards of total offense, including 418 on the ground. Fort Valley State netted 422 yards — 321 of that through the air.

Cameron Pearson led Fort Valley State with 321 yards passing and four touchdowns.  Junior wide receiver Christopher Slaughter caught 8 passes for 201 yards including a 39 yard touchdown reception between two BCU defenders with 11:47 remaining in the contest.  The Fort Valley offense registered 5 pass plays in excess of 30 yards and posted 422 yards of total offense on the afternoon.

David Blackwell received the starting nod at quarterback for BCU.  The sophomore from Ft Lauderdale’s Cardinal Gibbons high school accounted for 222 yards passing (8 for 14 with 1 td) and 92 yards rushing becoming the first BCU quarterback to account for over 300 yards of offense this season.

Jackie Wilson entered the contest in the 4th quarter after Blackwell dislocated his right thumb.  Sophomore quarterback Jawad Yatim saw his first action of the season, however, he did not attempt a pass.  Maryland transfer Jamarr Robinson dressed for the contest but did not participate.  Brian Jenkins stated it was a coaches decision to withhold Robinson from the contest.

Team Stat Comparison

  Fort Valley St Bethune-Cook.
1st Downs

21

27

Total Yards

422

648

Passing

321

230

Rushing

101

418

Penalties

8-67

6-65

3rd Down Conversions

2-10

7-16

4th Down Conversions

1-2

1-2

Turnovers

2

0

Possession

27:27

32:33

Passing Leaders

 
Fort Valley State

C/ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

Pearson

16/29

321

11.1

4

1

 
Bethune-Cookman

C/ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

Blackwell

8/14

222

15.9

1

0

Rushing Leaders

 
Fort Valley State

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Courtney

8

51

6.4

0

13

Richmond

8

41

5.1

0

43

 
Bethune-Cookman

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Jackson

19

150

7.9

3

39

Blackwell

10

92

9.2

0

46

Receiving Leaders

 
Fort Valley State

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Slaughter

8

201

25.1

1

46

Barber

4

74

18.5

2

40

 
Bethune-Cookman

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Francois

2

96

48.0

1

72

Poole

1

52

52.0

0

52

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER

FOR

COOK

 BCU FG 11:13 Sven Hurd 37 Yd

0

3

 BCU FG 06:59 Sven Hurd 31 Yd

0

6

FOR TD 02:17 Aaron Courtney 14 Yd Pass From Cameron Pearson (Justin Rosenbaum Kick)

7

6

BCU  TD 01:59 Maurice Francois 72 Yd Pass From David Blackwell (Sven Hurd Kick)

7

13

 BCU TD 00:00 Anthony Jordan 1 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

7

20

SECOND QUARTER

FOR

COOK

 BCU TD 13:15 Isidore Jackson 13 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

7

27

FOR TD 11:42 Demario Barber 21 Yd Pass From Cameron Pearson (Justin Rosenbaum Kick)

14

27

FOR FG 07:40 Justin Rosenbaum 36 Yd

17

27

 BCU TD 06:12 Isidore Jackson 8 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

17

34

FOR TD 05:17 Demario Barber 12 Yd Pass From Cameron Pearson (Pat Blocked)

23

34

THIRD QUARTER

FOR

COOK

BCU TD 10:09 Isidore Jackson 20 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

23

41

FOURTH QUARTER

FOR

COOK

 BCU TD 13:03 Anthony Jordan 1 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

23

48

FOR TD 11:47 Christopher Slaughter 39 Yd Pass From Cameron Pearson (Justin Rosenbaum Kick)

30

48

 BCU FG 10:15 Sven Hurd 37 Yd

30

51

 BCU TD 07:45 Jonathan Moment 30 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)

30

58

 

Beatdown in Aggie-Town

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It has been more than 48 hours since the debacle at Aggie Stadium and it is still difficult to accept the fact that North Carolina A&T did not just win against Bethune-Cookman, but they dominated  the Wildcats in the process.

Any analysis of this game has to begin with a tip of the cap to Coach Rod Broadway, his coaching staff, and the NCA&T football team. In the words of Brian Jenkins: “it was a good old-fashion butt-whooping”.

The Aggies dominated BCU in every facet of the game.  Despite having half the number of scholarship players (33 for NCA&T compared to 60+ for BCU), riding a 7 game losing streak against BCU, and losing 67-17 to the Wildcats a year ago on national TV; NCA&T was the better team on Saturday afternoon.  The gameplan was simple for the Aggies; run the ball on offense and take away the run on defense.   The result was a 22-3 woodshed beating in which NCA&T accumulated 224 yards rushing on 50 attempts; while BCU limped its way to 5 yards rushing on 25 attempts. 

The Wildcats entered the contest as the conference’s top ranked offensive unit; however, NCA&T limited the Wildcats to just 108 yards of Total Offense outgaining the Cats by a 3:1 margin in the process (330 yards of Total Offense for NCA&T).

Earlier this season, NCA&T was dismantled 58-6 by Appalachian State and beaten handily by Coastal Carolina 31-14.  However, Rod Broadway’s bunch is gaining confidence and improving weekly.  The Aggies have won their last two games by a combined score of 46-6.

Troubling Trends 

Brian Jenkins’ team has amassed at least 10 penalties for 100 yards in each contest this season.  The Wildcats accumulated 15 penalties for 112 yards in Saturday’s contest against NCA&T.  In fact, BCU actually had more penalty yards than offensive yards in the game.  The timing and nature of the penalties are even more troubling then the excessive number of penalties.

Take the Aggies second possession of the second half as an example.  The Wildcat defense held the Aggies for what should have been a second straight  “3 and out”.  However, on 4th down and 3 on the Aggie side of the field, the Wildcats’ punt return unit was flagged for a ‘neutral zone’ infraction.  The penalty gave the Aggies a 1st and 10, allowed them to take over 6 minutes off of the clock, and ultimately led to an Aggie 24 yard FG and 15-3 advantage with little over 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.  These sorts of careless, mental lapses have plagued the Wildcats all season and proved to be too much to overcome against a determined A&T squad.

But it was not just the penalties that doomed the Wildcats.  The offensive line did not block well, the receivers dropped too many passes including a certain touchdown, the quarterbacks did not deliver the ball to open receivers, the defense did not consistently get off blocks, and there were a few critical game management decisions by the coaching staff that were cause for curiosity.  It was an all around apathetic and underwhelming performance by the BCU football team and coaching staff. 

One team was fully prepared and ready for a 60-minute war, the other was going through the motions and hoping for something good to happen. Only this time it never did.

Brian Jenkins’ ball club produced a similarly lackluster effort last year against Howard University.  In that contest, the undermanned Bison outgained BCU on offense 389 yards to 196 yards but 2 defensive scores and a special teams touchdown proved to be the difference for BCU.  The Wildcats were unable to produce any defensive touchdowns against the Aggies; however, BCU’s lone points of the afternoon were set-up by a DJ Howard 27 yard interception return.

 Part of the maturation process

Coach Jenkins stated that North Carolina A&T was better prepared and more determined than his squad.  A quick review of the game stats seems to support this assertion.  Most teams seem to have one or two bad games throughout the course of a football season, but you cannot simply give the Wildcats a mulligan for their performance against the Aggies. 

The coaching staff must assume responsibility for the team’s unpreparedness.  Brian Jenkins regularly emphasizes attention to detail and ball security; yet his team’s continual struggles in these areas were prominently on display in Aggie Stadium this weekend (15 penalties for 112 yards and 4 turnovers including 3 in the 4th quarter).

Perhaps the most head scratching coaching moment of the afternoon came on BCU’s first possession of the second half.  Trailing by 9 points (12-3) with slightly more than 10 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, BCU found themselves facing a 4th down and 5 from the Aggie 22 yard line.  Instead of kicking an intermediate-range field goal and making it a one-possession contest, coach Jenkins elected to go for the first down.  Wide Receiver Maurice Francois was stopped a yard short of the marker and the Wildcats failed to convert.  The Aggies seemed to seize full control of the contest from that point forward.

The Wildcats (2-3) return home this week and will look to break their current 2-game losing streak when they faceoff against struggling DII opponent Fort Valley State (1-5) in the first annual Biker Classic.  Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00.  Game attendees can receive a free (visitor’s side) game ticket with the purchase of a $10 band t-shirt.  Click the picture below for more details.

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BCU/NCA&T game summary

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina A&T’s defense stifled the usually potent Bethune-Cookman offense in a 22-3 win on Saturday.

The Aggies (3-2, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) recovered three fumbles, intercepted a pass, recorded a safety and held the Wildcats to 5 yards rushing. The win snapped the Aggies’ seven-game losing streak in the series and gave them back-to-back conference wins for the first time since November 2003.

Trailing 3-2 in the first quarter, North Carolina A&T scored 20 unanswered points to put the game away. Mike Mayhew, who rushed for 117 yards, capped the scoring with a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter. Lewis Kindle overcame two interceptions to throw for 119 yards and a touchdown for the Aggies.

The Wildcats (2-3, 1-2), who had won the previous seven meetings in the series by scoring an average of 47 points, were held to 108 yards total offense.

Team Stat Comparison

  Bethune-Cook. N Carolina A&T
1st Downs

5

20

Total Yards

108

330

Passing

103

119

Rushing

5

211

Penalties

15-112

17-104

3rd Down Conversions

2-11

5-14

4th Down Conversions

0-3

0-0

Turnovers

4

2

Possession

19:19

40:41

Passing Leaders

 
Bethune-Cookman

C/ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

Wilson

10/16

96

6.0

0

0

 
North Carolina A&T

C/ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

INT

Kindle

12/19

119

6.3

1

2

Rushing Leaders

 
Bethune-Cookman

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Scott

8

14

1.8

0

8

Jackson

3

12

4.0

0

4

 
North Carolina A&T

CAR

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Mayhew

29

117

4.0

1

11

Drake

19

93

4.9

0

33

Receiving Leaders

 
Bethune-Cookman

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Francois

4

62

15.5

0

38

Poole

3

13

4.3

0

6

 
North Carolina A&T

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Miles

4

58

14.5

0

23

Moore

3

26

8.7

1

13

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER

COOK

NCAT

 NCA&T SF 14:49 – Team Tackled By In End Zone

0

2

 BCU FG 08:02 Sven Hurd 42 Yd

3

2

 NCA&T FG 03:08 Jose Garcia-Camacho 29 Yd

3

5

SECOND QUARTER

COOK

NCAT

NCA&T  TD 10:47 Devin Moore 7 Yd Pass From Lewis Kindle (Jose Garcia-Camacho Kick)

3

12

THIRD QUARTER

COOK

NCAT

 NCA&T FG 02:14 Jose Garcia-Camacho 24 Yd

3

15

FOURTH QUARTER

COOK

NCAT

 NCA&T TD 07:38 Mike Mayhew 9 Yd Run (Jose Garcia-Camacho Kick)

3

22

 

Upset Alert Poll–Week 6

Here is a 30 second snapshot of the convoluted MEAC title race.

Norfolk State and North Carolina A&T are undefeated in conference play this year.  The Spartans or Aggies can win the MEAC’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs by simply winning their remaining conference games.  

Howard and Delaware State each have two conference defeats.  Both squads are still mathematically alive but unlikely contenders this year.

The 7 remaining teams –SCSU, HiU, BCU, FAMU, NCCU, SSU, and MSU –each have 1 conference loss but can advance to postseason play through a myriad of scenarios. A second conference setback for either of the 1-loss teams likely eliminates them from postseason consideration. 

Hail Wildcats

 

Wildcats hang tough for 3 quarters but Canes pull away in the end

Keith Stroud attempts to catch a pass in the endzone

Associated Press

MIAMI — Lamar Miller ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns, Tommy Streeter caught two scoring passes and Miami used a series of quick scores to shake off a dreadful early start and beat Bethune-Cookman 45-14 on Saturday.

All five of Miami’s offensive touchdown drives took under 2 minutes — two of them checking in at 10 seconds or less. Jacory Harris completed 12 of 17 passes for 175 yards for Miami (2-2).

Bethune-Cookman (2-2) was facing a major-college opponent for the first time in its 86-year history, and took an early 7-0 lead when Jackie Wilson found Eddie Poole with a 1-yard touchdown pass. The Wildcats kept that edge until midway through the second quarter, when Miami got touchdowns from Streeter and Miller to take the lead for good.

The final score said blowout. In actuality, it was anything but. For 22 minutes, Bethune-Cookman seemed like too much for Miami to handle. Bethune-Cookman quarterback Jackie Wilson completed 21 of 31 passes for 180 yards. The Wildcats held nearly a 2-to-1 edge in time of possession and outgained Miami 422-335. The Hurricanes, who return to Atlantic Coast Conference play at Virginia Tech next week, didn’t grab full control until early in the fourth quarter, when Streeter and Harris connected on a 27-yard touchdown for a 31-14 lead. Eduardo Clements added a 1-yard run later in the period, and Kelvin Cain’s 59-yard interception return with 2 minutes left completed the scoring.

By then, the Bethune-Cookman sideline was largely silent. A couple hours earlier, it was a decidedly different scene from the Football Championship Subdivision school, which accepted a $400,000 payday to make the bus trip from Daytona Beach to Miami. For a little while, it seemed like the Wildcats would be leaving with more than a big check. Helped by two penalties, including one when Miami had 12 players on the field while lining up to receive a punt, the Wildcats went 70 yards in 12 plays to start the game. On 1st-and-goal from the Miami 6, Bethune-Cookman running back Rodney Scott burst through the line, but inches from the end zone, he lost two things.

One, his helmet. Two, the football.

Sean Spence and JoJo Nicholas were part of a scrum that caught Scott just in time, and the Hurricanes took over. But Bethune’s hopes of scoring first weren’t denied, just delayed. Wilson and Eddie Poole connected for a 1-yard touchdown with 4:05 left in the opening quarter, a drive helped nicely by Anthony Jordan bowling his way through safety Vaughn Telemaque for a 27-yard gain on a 1st-and-23 call.

Not only were the Wildcats winning early, but they were downright dominant in the process. Miami running back Mike James, stopped twice around the goal line in the final moments of last week’s loss to Kansas State, was stuffed on fourth-and-1 from the Bethune-Cookman 29 late in the first quarter, a play that had Wildcats coach Brian Jenkins leaping and pumping his arms. With good reason, too. After 15 minutes, Bethune-Cookman held a 7-0 edge in first downs, a 137-39 edge in yards — and a 7-0 lead on the scoreboard.

Eventually, Miami found a way to breathe some life into a largely empty, highly concerned stadium. Streeter hauled in a 56-yard catch from Harris — a one-play touchdown drive — with 7:16 left in the half, tying the game. Travis Benjamin’s 44-yard punt return less than 2 minutes later, followed by a pass interference penalty, set up what technically was another one-play touchdown drive, a 3-yard run by Miller to give the Hurricanes the lead. Combined, those drives took 19 seconds. By comparison, Miami’s next scoring drive was a marathon, a three-play series that went 59 yards, the last 43 of them on Miller’s run 1:13 into the third quarter, putting the Hurricanes up 21-7.

Even then, the Wildcats weren’t finished. Wilson’s 3-yard touchdown run midway through the third cut the Miami lead to 21-14. Jake Wieclaw’s 30-yard field goal pushed the Hurricanes’ edge back to double digits entering the fourth, and when Harris and Streeter connected on their second touchdown play of the game, Miami was up 31-14 with 13:13 left and many fans began leaving. Miami may have endured a key loss late in the first quarter, when linebacker Ramon Buchanan left with an injured right knee and did not return.

Team Stat Comparison

 
 

Bethune-Cook.

 

Miami (FL)

1st Downs 24 15
Total Yards 422 335
Passing 203 209
Rushing 219 126
Penalties 12-116 6-41
3rd Down Conversions 7-18 3-9
4th Down Conversions 2-3 0-1
Turnovers 2 1
Possession 38:59 21:01
 

Passing Leaders

 
Bethune-Cookman C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Wilson 21/31 180 5.8 1 0
 
Miami (FL) C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Harris 12/17 175 10.3 2 0
 

Rushing Leaders

 
Bethune-Cookman CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Lovette 7 65 9.3 0 37
Blackwell 5 53 10.6 0 23
 
Miami (FL) CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Miller 14 102 7.3 2 43
Clements 4 37 9.3 1 22
 

Receiving Leaders

 
Bethune-Cookman REC YDS AVG TD LG
Murphy 3 49 16.3 0 21
Poole 6 44 7.3 1 19
 
Miami (FL) REC YDS AVG TD LG
Streeter 2 83 41.5 2 56
Benjamin 6 66 11.0 0 22
 

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER COOK MIA
 b TD 04:05 Eddie Poole 1 Yd Pass From Jackie Wilson (Sven Hurd Kick) 7 0
SECOND QUARTER COOK MIA
TD 07:16 Tommy Streeter 56 Yd Pass From Jacory Harris (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 7 7
TD 05:25 Lamar Miller 3 Yd Run (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 7 14
THIRD QUARTER COOK MIA
TD 13:47 Lamar Miller 43 Yd Run (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 7 21
 b TD 05:20 Jackie Wilson 3 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick) 14 21
FG 01:50 Jake Wieclaw 30 Yd 14 24
FOURTH QUARTER COOK MIA
TD 13:13 Tommy Streeter 27 Yd Pass From Jacory Harris (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 14 31
TD 08:39 Eduardo Clements 1 Yd Run (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 14 38
TD 02:00 Kelvin Cain 59 Yd Interception Return (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 14 45