FCS HBCU Review: Week Nine

Quentin Williams rushed and passed for touchdowns in BCU’s win over SC State. (Bethune-Cookman photo)

Biggest Win: Bethune-Cookman over SC State 14-3

This game was billed as the de facto MEAC Championship Game. And if that was the case, you can crown Bethune-Cookman. BCU took control from the opening drive and maintained it throughout. The Wildcats held the Bulldogs to just 143 yards, allowing just a fourth quarter field goal as it improved to 7-1. The loss snapped SC State’s five-game winning streak, handing them their first loss since early September against Clemson.

Norfolk State’s Deon King puts the pressure on ODU’s Tyler Heinicke. (Virginian Pilot photo)

Toughest Loss: Old Dominion slips past Norfolk State 27-23

Norfolk State entered its game against crosstown rival Old Dominion as a big underdog, but didn’t play like one. NSU rallied from a 17-3 deficit to take a 24-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. ODU would tie the game with seven minutes remaining, and after blocking a NSU field goal attempt, went on to win the game with a 24 yard field goal as time expired.

Arnold Walker ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns against Southern. (AP photo)

Biggest Upset: Alcorn State steals show at Southern’s homecoming with 44-38 overtime win

Alcorn State came into this game with a chip on its shoulder, and rightfully so. Most prognosticators, including this one, felt the team’s record was more a result of a soft schedule than the mark of a SWAC contender. Well 522 yards and one overtime win later, it’s clear that Alcorn State belongs in that category.

HBCU Gameday FCS Power Rankings

1. Bethune-Cookman (7-1, 4-0): It’s rarely pretty, but BCU continues to find ways to win.
2. Tennessee State (6-2): Both of TSU’s losses have come to ranked teams, with a redshirt freshman QB.
3. Jackson State (7-2, 7-0): JSU out Prairie View’d Prairie View, throwing for four TDs.
4. Alabama State (6-2, 6-1): Daniel Duhart and Malcolm Cyrus made up for Crowell’s supbar day.
5. SC State (5-3, 4-1): SC State’s offense couldn’t get on track as the Bulldogs streak ends at five.

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