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SWAC Week 7 Recap

Texas Southern 41, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 28

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Texas Southern University held off Arkansas-Pine Bluff to earn a 41-28 victory in Southwestern Athletic Conference play on Saturday at Golden Lion Stadium.

Daveonn Porter broke two tackles en route to a 56-yard touchdown run that sealed the win for TSU (1-5, 1-4). The victory also snaps an eight-game skid that carried over from the 2012 season.

Porter set a career-high with 156 yards rushing and tied a career-high with 20 carries.

Quarterback Homer Causey tallied a career-high 196 yards rushing and two touchdowns, just one week after being sacked eight times, finishing with negative-83 yards on the ground. He added touchdown passes of 12 and 49 yards in the first quarter to help TSU lead 24-7 at the break. Causey completed 11-of-23 for 138 yards.

TSU entered the game averaging 9.8 points per contest, but finished with 493 total yards, 355 rushing, just 48 more than the 307 combined in its first five games of the season.

Malik Cross chipped in 73 yards from three receptions with a touchdown catch to extend TSU's lead 17-7 in the first quarter.

Defensively, the Tigers forced three turnovers with Demetrius Johnson, Brandon Thomas, and Zack Bamijoko grabbing an interception. Jarius Moore led the defensive effort with nine tackles and Amir Bloom added two sacks.

UAPB (0-6, 0-4) totaled 522 yards of offense with Ben Anderson connecting 26-of-45 for 316 yards, with three picks and a touchdown. He also added a team high - 86 yards rushing from 19 carries for a 4.5 average.

Anderson hooked up with Cody Swain for 22-yard touchdown with 4:41 to play pull UAPB within six with 4:41 remaining. Swain led all receivers with six receptions for 94 yards. Jer-ryan Harris spotlighted the defense with 14 tackles.


Southern 20, Alabama A&M 17 2OT

BATON ROUGE, La. — Matthew Hill connected a pair of 37-yard field goals, one to even the game and one to win it, to lift Southern over Alabama A&M 20-17 in double overtime on Saturday night at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

SU (3-3, 3-1) rebounded to pick up the Southwestern Athletic Conference win despite a 90-minute lightning delay with 3:27 remaining in regulation.

When play resumed, Alabama A&M faced a third-and-one on the Southern 27 down 14-10. AAMU (2-5, 2-3) jumped ahead on Brandon Wells' four-yard pass to Toriono Upshaw with 49 seconds to go.

Southern responded with Hill's first field goal to tie the game at 17 as time expired.

Hill missed his next attempt in the first possession of overtime, however the Bulldogs fumbled and the Jaguars recovered to send the game into a second overtime.

Caesar Ramon missed from 37 for AAMU and Hill responded with the game winner. The Jaguars mustered 285 yards of total offense with Dray Joseph finihsing with 16-of-36 passes for 218 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.

Lee Doss collected six receptions for 102 yards and Willie Quinn chipped in five catches for 62 yards. Quinn put SU out front, 7-0, in the first quarter with a 33-yard score from Joseph.

Lenard Tillery led SU on the ground with 70 yards on 19 carries.

Javon Allen, Arthur Miley, and Anthony Balancier highlighted the Jaguars finihsing with 10 or more tackles. Allen finished with 12 tackles, Miley added 11, and Balancier recorded 10. Franchot West tacked on a sack and Justin Bethancourt scored on a fumble recovery to help carry the defense and give SU a 14-0 lead.

For AAMU, Brandon Eldemire ran for 89 yards on 15 carries for a 5.9 average. Brandon Wells completed 13-of-27 for 129 yards and one interception.

Montaurius Smith had seven receptions for 82 yards and Conard Johnson recorded seven tackles for the Bulldogs. AAMU posted 339 yards of offense including 210 yards on the ground.


Cyrus and Backups Lead ASU to Overtime Win over Prairie View

Malcolm Cyrus culminated a career-day with a seven yard run in overtime to propel Alabama State to a 48-42 win over Prairie View in a game featuring the top two offenses in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

"Obviously this is a big win for us," Head Coach Reggie Barlow said. "It's another win in the conference leading into our bye week. It's tough to lose a game going into a bye week so it was good to get this one."

The game featured five ties, seven lead changes, 90 points, 185 offensive plays and 1,324 yards before ASU could claim the victory in the first overtime period.

"Offensively we thought we would be able to score on them, but they are a high-powered offense as well and we knew it would be a challenge. We did some positive things on defense, unfortunately with the speed they were moving the ball and making plays they were able to score."

The Hornets were able to pull out the win despite going into the game with injuries to starting quarterback Daniel Duhart, linebacker Daerius Washington and offensive lineman Robert Roquemore and Tovar Allen.

"Next up is our motto around here," Barlow said. "With all of those guys being hurt going into the game and all of the injuries that occurred during the game, it was just a great all-around effort from our guys."

Cyrus finished the game with 241 yards rushing on 24 carries with two scores. He finished with 301 total yards as he caught four passes for 60 yards. His carry and yardage total along with his 80 yard touchdown run were all career-highs.

Quinterius Toppings stepped into the quarterback role after Favor was injured and completed 11 of his 18 pass attempts for 157 yards and a score. He led ASU on five scoring drives in making his first appearance of the season and his career.

ASU finished with 639 yards of total offense. The Hornets rushed for 346 yards rushing; marking the first time they have rushed for over 300 yards in a game, but continued their streak of rushing for over 200 yards in each game this year. The Hornets passed for 293 yards completing 20 of their 31 passes and also throwing two touchdown passes.

Defensively Leland Baker led ASU with a game and career-high 17 tackles. He also had 3.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage (-11 yards) and had 1.5 sacks (-8 yards).

Nicholas Martin had 13 tackles, Deandra Rashada 12 and Michael Showers and Deontrelle Silmon had 10 apiece.

ASU will take a week off before heading to heading to Birmingham where they will face Alabama A&M in the 72nd State Farm Magic City Classic on Saturday Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m.


Jackson State 26, Mississippi Valley State 17

ITTA BENA, Miss. - Jackson State University extended its win streak against Mississippi Valley State to 19 games with a 26-17 win on Saturday at Rice-Totten Stadium

JSU (5-2, 5-0) remains unbeaten in Southwestern Athletic Conference play and ties its best start since 1995.

With the score tied at 17, special teams became a factor in the fourth quarter.

JSU downed two punts in the quarter inside the MSVU (1-5, 1-3) five-yard line. The Tigers capitalized on the first, forcing the Delta Devils to punt from their one-yard line and blocking it out of the end zone for a safety.

Following the free kick, Clayton Moore led the Tigers on a scoring drive capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass that knifed through two MVSU defenders finding Zachary Pendleton for the final score.

Pendleton finished with five catches for 112 yards and Moore completed 11-of-23 for 168 yards with two touchdowns. Moore led the Tigers on the ground with 17 carries for 88 yards (5.2 avg) and a score.

Cameron Loeffler led JSU's defense with eight tackles with Tedderick Terrell and Cedric Hogan each registering a sack.

Julian Stafford had eight catches for 95 yards and a touchdown for the Delta Devils. Jeremy Collins threw 17-of-38 for 217 yards and two scores. Collins found Stafford for a 19-yard strike to even the game at 17 in the third quarter.

Antonio Benson led the defense and all players with 11 tackles. Brandon Powe recorded a sack with seven tackles for MVSU.


Alcorn State 48, Grambling State 0

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - For a consecutive week, Alcorn State University held its opponent scoreless defeating Grambling State 48-0 during the 30th Annual Circle City Classic on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Arnold Walker rushed for 110 yards on 19 carries (5.8 avg) and two touchdowns to help ALC (5-2, 3-1) pick up the Southwestern Athletic Conference win.

The Braves scored on their first possession and blocked the punt to take over on the GSU seven-yard line. On the next play John Gibbs Jr. hit Jordan Payne for a touchdown to spark the unanswered scoring frenzy.

Gibbs connected 18-of-37 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown to help ALC rack up 542 total yards including 288 on the ground. Tollette George tallied seven receptions for 107 yards to lead all receivers.

Walker also scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter and a 26-yarder in the third. Zerick Rollins Jr. tacked on a pair of touchdowns and Anthony Williams III ended the rout with a 13-yard run in the fourth with under eight ninutes remaining.

ALC limited GSU (0-3, 0-7) to 162 yards, including 30 passing, one third down conversion and two trips across the 50-yard line.

Devon Francois led the Braves with eight tackles. Damon Watkins added a sack and Hendrick Taylor registered an interception.

D.J. Williams went 6-of-20 with an interception for the Tigers. Jestin Kelly rushed for 88 yards on 23 carries and Anthony McGhee pulled in seven catches.

Steve Orisakwe and Aaron Breed carried the defense with 15 and 11 tackles respectively.

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