Seventeen minutes into Sunday’s matchup against Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman fans were left gazing at the scoreboard and wondering if they would wind up on the wrong end of a one-sided MEAC/SWAC Challenge.
The Hornets opened the contest with a 12 play, 75 yard drive which ended with a 5 yard Greg Jenkins touchdown run. ASU’s second and third scores were aided by a BCU fumble on a punt return and a missed field goal respectively. With 13:45 remaining in the 2nd Quarter, ASU was defending a 21-0 lead and looking to run away with the contest.
As dominant as ASU appeared over the first seventeen minutes, BCU was equally dominant over the final forty-three minutes of the contest. Like ASU, BCU’s first scoring drive consumed 12 plays, 75 yards and ended with a rushing touchdown (Andronicus Lovette, 2 yards). Sven Hurd added a 20 yard field goal just before halftime to bring the deficit to 21-10.
The Wildcat offense started to steamroll in the second half scoring touchdowns on their second (24 yd pass from Brock Waters to Jhomo Gordon), third (6 yd run by Waters), and fourth (47 yd pass from Waters to Eddie Poole) possessions after the half. Both teams tacked on an additional touchdown before the final whistle.
Coach Brian Jenkins was quick to sing the praises of his squad. “Alabama State is a championship caliber team; don’t let the score fool you”. “We knew they had a high octane offense but there was no doubt in our mind that we would end up victorious. You saw a team today that believes in the philosophy that we’re teaching (stay in the moment and play every play). It’s just a tremendous thing to see the fight that our guys showed today”.
Thank God for the backup quarterback
Coach Jenkins revealed in his postgame interview that quarterback Jackie Wilson was unable to continue in Sunday’s contest because of conditioning/heat related issues. Louisiana Tech transfer Brodrick Waters (who prefers to go by Brock) relieved Wilson midway through the 2nd quarter. Waters inherited a 21-7 deficit, but led the Wildcats to 31 unanswered points. Waters ended the afternoon with 100 yards rushing on 11 attempts (1 rushing td) and 6 of 9 passing for 110 yards with 2 touchdowns. The second of Water’s TD passes was a beautiful 47 yard hookup on a post route to Eddie Poole on 3rd and 21. The result of the play pushed BCU to a comfortable 31-21 lead.
Waters, who played with the message ‘RIP’— ‘TD 22’ written on his eye black, combined with Isidore Jackson (123 yards) and Rodney Scott (103, 1 td) to make BCU history as the first trio of rushers to eclipse the 100 yard rushing mark in the same game. When asked about the significance of his Tebowesque eye black message, Waters explained that he was honoring his former La Tech teammate Tyrone Duplessis. The 21-year old Duplessis died in his sleep in February of this year. “He was someone that I looked up to” Waters stated. “I decided to dedicate this game to him as well as my first touchdown. They told me that I almost got one (touchdown) called back (for excessive celebration) because I showed some emotion towards him and that probably wasn’t the best thing to do”.
BCU finished the game with 383 yards rushing on 60 attempts for a 6.1 yard average. Eddie Poole (102 yards, 1 td) eclipsed the 100 yard receiving mark on the afternoon and pushed his consecutive games with a catch streak to 24. In total, the Wildcat offense racked 551 yards of offense.
Jarkevis Fields led the defensive charge with 10 tackles, 1 sack and 2 tackles for loss. The Wildcat “D” held ASU running back Isaiah Crowell to 18 yards rushing on 9 attempts. Crowell (formerly of the University of Georgia) is the 2011 SEC Offensive Freshmen of the Year recipient.
The Wildcats travel to Orangeburg next Saturday for an early season showdown with MEAC powerhouse South Carolina State. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 P.M..
Team Stat Comparison
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Qtr Time Scoring Play
1st 11:06 ALST – Jenkins, Greg 5 yd run (Wenzig, Bobby kick), 12-75 3:54 7 – 0
04:28 ALST – Crowell, Isaiah 2 yd run, 2-20 0:43 14 – 0
2nd 13:45 ALST – Jenkins, Greg 3 yd run (Wenzig, Bobby kick), 8-72 2:15 21 – 0
09:18 BCU -LOVETTE,Andronicus 2 yd run , 12-75 4:21 21 -7
00:01 BCU – HURD,Sven 20 yd field goal, 12-77 3:02 21 – 10
3rd 05:53 BCU – GORDON,Jhomo 24 yd pass from WATERS,Brodrick (HURD,Sven kick), 5-70 3:04 21 – 17
04:28 BCU – WATERS,Brodrick 6 yd run (HURD,Sven kick), 4-20 1:19 21 – 24
4th 10:39 BCU – POOLE,Eddie 47 yd pass from WATERS,Brodrick, 11-91 5:36 21 – 31
06:59 BCU – SCOTT,Rodney 38 yd run, 2-39 0:53 21 – 38
03:53 ALST – McWilliams, T.C 39 yd pass from Duhart, Daniel (Wenzig, Bobby kick), 9-79 2:59 28 – 38