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This Day In HBCU football history: Sept. 2

From Howard University’s upset of UNLV to North Carolina A&T knocking off East Carolina, Sept. 2 is a highly significant day in HBCU football history.


HBCU Football’s Rushing King Crowned

There have been dozens of great running backs to come through black college football. From Jazz Byrd in the 1920s through Jah-maine Martin in the present day. But ask who has more yards than any HBCU back in history and you’re likely to get a few answers.

The answer is, and has been for the last 25 years, Richard Huntley. His 125 yard performance against Fort Valley State on Sept. 2, 1995 book Lincoln (Missouri) back Leo Lewis’ 4,458-yard record. Huntley finished the season and his career with 6,286 rushing yards at Winston-Salem State.


Tennessee State gets the last laugh 

L.C. Cole’s Tennessee State team scored 41 unanswered points in its 1999 season-opener to defeat Tennessee State. A year later the scenario was similar, but Cole found himself on the other end.

Cole left Tennessee State with a stock-piled squad after a 1999 season that saw TSU go unbeaten until a playoff loss at A&T. He took over a middle-of-the-road Alabama State program that wasn’t as advanced, but held a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. His old team would take control of the game, resulting in a 39-13 win in the John Merritt Classic. 

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This Day In HBCU football history: Sept. 2
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