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SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME XVI

For the Week of December 2 - 8, 2014

ALCORN STATE
BRAVES (8-3)
EAST DIVISION CHAMPION
Southwestern Athletic Conference

Team Record
2014 Overall: 9-3
2014 BCSP Ranking:
5th
All-Time vs. SU:
32-31-4
Last Time vs. SU:
56-16 W, '14
SWAC Title Games
0-0
Last Title:
'94
Last Time in Title Game: NA

SWAC Championship logo

SEASON
CAPPER

THE LAST HURRAH!:
SWAC title game pitting
Alcorn State and Southern
Saturday in Houston wraps
up the 2014 black college
football season.

VIRGINIA STATE, MORGAN STATE FALL IN
PLAYOFFS; MEAC NAMES TOP PLAYERS

SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
ALCORN STATE

SOUTHERN

44.5 ppg.

SCORING OFFENSE

35.1 ppg.

19.2 ppg.

SCORING DEFENSE

32.2 ppg.

495.0 ypg.

TOTAL OFFENSE

427.6 ypg.

324.4 ypg.

TOTAL DEFENSE

418.8 ypg.

290.7 ypg.

RUSHING OFFENSE

200.3 ypg.

108.8 ypg.

RUSHING DEFENSE

168.8 ypg.

204.3 ypg.

PASSING OFFENSE

227.2 ypg.

215.7 ypg.

PASSING DEFENSE

250.0 ypg.

7-11, .636

FIELD GOALS

11-18, .611

SACKS

7

SACKS AGAINST
FIRST DOWNS

297, 24.8 pg.

38
7
251, 20.9 pg.

TIME OF POSSESSION

30:12

29:16

SCORES
NOVEMBER 29
SWAC
Southern 52, Grambling State 45

PLAYOFFS
DIV. II SUPER REGION I - 2nd Round
Bloomsburg 35, Virginia State 14
FCS - 1st Round
Richmond 46, Morgan State 24

PLAYOFF GAME RECAPS
FCS - First Round
Richmond 46, Morgan State 24
Richmond, VA – MEAC co-champ and automatic qualifier
Morgan State (7-6) fell behind early, battled gamely but came up
on the short end of a 46-24 score vs. Richmond in a first round
FCS playoff game.
The Bears trailed 22-0 after one
quarter, scored 10 straight points to get
back in it in the second quarter before
giving up a late second-quarter TD to trail
29-10 at the break.

They scored on two second-half TD
passes of 22 and 8 yards from QB Moses Skillon for the final margin. SophoMSU Sports Photo
more RB Herb Walker Jr. ran well all
WALKER: His 120 rushday and finished with 120 yards on 21 ing yards not enough
carries. Andrew King had five receptions vs. Richmond.
for 80 yards and scored on the first of
Skillon‘s TD throws.

The loss was the MEAC‘s 19th straight in the playoffs dating
back to 1999.
NCAA DIV. II - Super Region I 2nd Round
Bloomsburg 35, Virginia State 14

Bloomsburg, PA – CIAA champion Virginia State (10-3)
scored early on a 50-yard pass from Tarrian Ayres to Javon
Smallwood but was kept off the boards until the final minutes
in falling to Bloomsburg 35-14 in an NCAA Div. II second round
playoff game.

Bloomsburg registered eight sacks,
one interception and recovered one fumble in stifling the VSU offense, holding
the Trojans to 267 total yards. Bloomsburg rolled up 405 yards while QB Tim
Kelly ran for three short scores and threw
one TD pass.

Ayres finished with 148 passing
yards hitting on 14 of 28 passes with a
VSU Sports Photo
TD and pick. VSU RB Kavon Bellamy
SMALLWOOD:
Six
was held to 67 yards on 16 carries and
catches, 116 yards,
scored late on a 1-yard run. Smallwood 1 TD.
finished with six receptions for 116 yards.

With VSU‘s 28-17 first round win over LIU Post however, the
CIAA has now won at least one playoff game in each of the last
four years.

BCSP FOOTBALL TOP TEN
1. SOUTHERN (9-3) - Defeated Grambling State, 52-45 to claim SWAC
West title and berth in SWAC Championship Game. THIS WEEK: Meets
E. Div. champ Alcorn State in SWAC Championship Game.
2. VIRGINIA STATE (10-3) - Felled by Bloomsburg, 35-14 in Div. II second round playoff game. Season over.
3. MORGAN STATE (7-6) - Lost to Richmond, 46-24 in first round FCS
playoff game. Season over.
4. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (7-5) - MEAC co-champ.
5. ALCORN STATE (9-3) - SWAC E. Div. champ was idle. THIS WEEK:
SWAC Championship Game vs. Southern.
6. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (9-3) - MEAC co-champ.
7. GRAMBLING STATE (7-5) - Fell to Southern 52-45 in Bayou Classic.
Season over.
8. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (8-4) - MEAC co-champ.
9. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (9-3) - MEAC co-champ.
10. TUSKEGEE (8-3) - SIAC champ.
(TIE) WINSTON-SALEM STATE (9-2) - CIAA runner-up.
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Vol. XXI, No. 18

JAY
HOPSON

2014 RESULTS
ALCORN
9-3
55......... Virginia-Lynchburg.........7 W
20..... @ Southern Mississippi... 26 L
52..........Louisiana College........10 W
52........@ Miss. Valley State.......9 W
56................ Southern..............16 W
33............ Alabama State............7 W
21.........@ Grambling State........ 28 L
40............Texas Southern.........25 W
77............ @ Prairie View..........48 W
41.......... @ Alabama A&M........14 W
56.............Ark.-Pine Bluff............6 W
31.............Jackson State............ 34 L

WEST DIVISION CHAMPION
Southwestern Athletic Conference

2014 RESULTS
SOUTHERN
9-3
6.........Louisiana-Lafayette.......45 L
56...........Central Methodist....... 14 W
27.........Northwestern State........51 L
34............... Prairie View............ 24 W
16............@ Alcorn State..........56 L
51......... Arkansas-Pine Bluff..... 36 W
35........... @ Alabama A&M........ 34 W
42........... @ Jackson State........ 28 W
28............. Alabama State......... 21 W
30............ Texas Southern......... 20 W
44...........Miss. Valley State....... 13 W
52.................Grambling............. 45 W

Team Record
2014 Overall: 9-3
2014 BCSP Ranking:
1st
All-Time vs. Alcorn:
31-32-4
Last Time vs. Alcorn:
16-56 L, '14
SWAC Title Games:
3-1
Last Title
'13
Last Time in Title Game '13, 34-27,2 OTs W

Jackson St.
COACH'S RECORD
Alma Mater: N. C. Central ('97)
Record vs. Alcorn: 0-3
Record at SU: 22-11, .666 (3rd year)
Career Record: Same

Head Coach

DAWSON
ODUMS

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2014 - HOUSTON, TX - NRG STADIUM - 3 PM

SWAC rematch wraps season
LUT WILLIAMS

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Head Coach

COACH'S RECORD
Alma Mater: Mssissippi ('91)
Record vs. SU: 3-0
Record at Alcorn: 22-13, .628 (3rd year)
Career Record: Same

vs.

SOUTHERN
JAGUARS (9-3)

GAMES THIS WEEK

BCSP Editor

The 16th annual SWAC Championship
Football Game pitting East Division champion
Alcorn State against West Division champ
Southern Saturday in Houston will put a bow
on the 2014 black college football season.

The game will be a rematch of a Sept. 27th
game at Alcorn State that saw the homestanding
BCSP No. 1 Braves rush for 410 yards and six
TDs in a 56-16 pasting of the Jaguars.

That was then, this is now.

Southern (9-3), now up to first in the BCSP
Top Ten, has won seven straight games since
then while Alcorn (9-3), now fifth, has lost two
SWAC games over that span.
And Southern is coming off a big, thrilling, high-scoring 52-45 Bayou Classic win over
SWAC West rival Grambling State Saturday
clinching the division championship and title
game spot. Alcorn State closed out its regular
season with a 34-31 loss to rival Jackson State
two weekends ago. So, Southern may have the
momentum coming in.

"I think we're a different team," said Southern head coach Dawson Odums in Tuesday's
championship game teleconference, making
reference to the fact that several veteran players
were missing from that first match-up with Alcorn. "After that game that's what I expressed to
the media, that if we could just stay healthy and
somehow dodge the bullets early and find ways
to win, as we get certain players back, we'd be a
different team going down the stretch.

"We played a lot of true freshmen. But that's
helped us going down the stretch. Now, those
guys are making plays and they're confident. It's
makes a big difference playing with some guys
that have played college football versus guys
who it's their first time being out there. The good
thing about it is we get a chance to play them
again and we'll see what happens.

"We tell our guys all the time, if we can control the things we have to get done, we like our
chances."

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
SWAC Championship Game - ESPNU
Alcorn State vs. Grambling State in Houston, TX

Alcorn State Sports photo

Southern Sports photo

ARMS WAR: Alcorn State junior QB John Gibbs
Jr. (l.) and Southern freshman QB Austin Howard will lead their teams into battle in the SWAC
Championship Game in Houston Saturday.

Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson knows
that earlier game means little. One of his team's
losses was to Grambling, 28-21 back on Oct. 11.

"Each game is a different game," said Hopson on the teleconference. "Each game takes a
different complexion. You got to get ready each
week. So really nothing that happens from the
previous week or two weeks ago, really in football you can kind of throw that out.
"You have to get ready each week because
its a different challenge and the ball bounces differently each week. So, we knew, whether it was
Grambling or Southern, we were going to have
a really good football team to prepare for. And
that's exactly the way it should be in a championship game. We're certainly excited about the
challenge and got to get ready this week."

Alcorn, in its first SWAC title game, appears to come in with the statistical edge. The
Braves lead the conference in scoring (44.5
ppg.), scoring defense (19.2 ppg.), total offense
(495.0 yards per game) and total defense (324.4
ypg.), rushing offense (290.7 ypg.) and rushing
defense (108.8 ypg.).
Alcorn had three players in the top ten in
rushing stats, four that topped 600 yards rushing
on the season. Junior QB John Gibbs Jr. ran for
874 yards (72.8 ypg.), senior RB Anthony Williams got 697 yards (58.1 ypg.) and freshman

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RB Aron Baker gained 667 yards (55.6 ypg.).
Junior RB Darryan Ragsdale ran for 677 yards
(84.6 ypg.) but played in only eight games so
was not listed amongst the conference leaders.

Gibbs has thrown for 2,237 yards completing 57.5% of his passes with 18 TDs and just six
interceptions. He has six receivers with over 15
catches led by Jordan Payne with 24 for 450
yards and four TDs.
The stingy defense is anchored by senior
all-SWAC safety Devon Francois who leads the
team with 79 tackles and is tied for the SWAC
lead with five interceptions. Senior defensive
ends Jamil Cooks (7.5) and Darien Moody
(7.0) are among the league sack leaders while
linebacker Damion Watkins has 73 stops.
Southern, the defending champion from a
year ago, counters with one of the league's top
rushers and one of the hottest passers. Sophomore Lenard Tillery has rambled for 1,141
yards (95.1 ypg.) and nine TDs to lead the
ground attack. Tillery averages a healthy 5.9
yards per carry.
True freshman Austin Howard is the signal caller and has thrown for 2,182 yards with
17 TDs and just eight interceptions. During the
seven-game win streak, Howard has thrown
for an average of 221 yards per game with 11
TDs and just two interceptions. Junior speedster Willie Quinn has excelled as a receiver,
hauling in 56 passes for 833 yards (69.4 ypg.)
and five TDs, and as a returner, averaging 26.2
yards per kickoff return with one TD. Quinn is
third in the SWAC in all-purpose yards at 138.0
yards per game.

Junior linebacker Demetrius Carter is the
teams top tackler with 94 stops. Defensive ends
Arthur Miley (7.0) and Brian McCain (6.5)
are tops in sacks.

BCSP Notes

2014 MEAC postseason football awards

NORFOLK, Va. - Howard senior quarterback Greg McGhee and
North Carolina A&T State sophomore running back Tarik Cohen
shared the top offensive award while Javon Hargrave of South Carolina State earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, as voted on by the
MEAC’s head football coaches and sports information directors.
South Carolina State freshman linebacker Darius Leonard earned
the Rookie of the Year award and Morgan State’s Darren Pinnock was
selected as Offensive Lineman of the Year.

First-year head coach Lee Hull of Morgan State
was selected as the Coach of the Year. Hull guided the
Bears to a share of the MEAC title, the first MEAC
football title for the institution. Under his leadership,
the Bears finished 7-5 overall and 6-2 in conference
play. The Bears also secured the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Championships.
Lee Hull

McGhee led the MEAC in passing yards (2,388)
and total offense (3,235 yards) and became the conference’s all-time
leader in total offensive yards (10,168 yards) after capping his four-year
career as the Bison quarterback. He also ranks fourth in the MEAC in
rushing yards (847) and averaged a team-best 70.6 yards per game.
Cohen led the MEAC in rushing (1,340 yards, 121.8 ypg.), touchdowns (16) and scoring (96 points) and was second in all-purpose yardage
(143.4 avg./g.) while recording his second straight 1,000 yard season .
Hargrave led the MEAC and ranks third in the nation in sacks with
16 for a loss of 199 yards and ranks fourth in the FCS in tackles for loss
with 23.5. He finished the season recording 55 total tackles, three forced
fumbles, one recovered fumble (61 yards), eight quarterback hurries and
two breakups.

Leonard led the MEAC and ranked 30th in the nation in solo tackles
(73). He tallied 88 total tackles (9th in MEAC) and ranked t-11th in the
conference in tackles for loss with 13.5.

Pinnock paved the way for the MEAC’s second best rushing offense
(211.3 avg.; No. 24 in FCS) and second top scoring offense (28.2 avg./g).
He did not allow a single sack through 11 games and helped the lead the
Bears to sacks allowed (15).

North Carolina Central led with 12 student-athletes to be recognized
to the three MEAC post-season teams. North Carolina A&T State and
South Carolina State each finished with 11 and Norfolk State followed
closely behind with. The N.C. A&T State Aggies received the most firstteam honors with seven student-athletes.
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
- 2014 Football All-Conference Teams
Co-Offensive Players of the Year:
Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T State and Greg McGhee, QB, Howard

McGhee

Cohen

Hargrave

Defensive Player of the Year:
Javon Hargrave, DL, South Carolina State
Offensive Lineman of the Year:
Darren Pinnock, OL, Morgan State
Rookie of the Year:
Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
Coach of the Year: Lee Hull, HC, Morgan State
First Team - offense
QB - Greg McGhee, Sr., HOW; RB - Tarik Cohen, So.,
NC A&T; Herb Walker Jr., So., MSU; WR - Adrian Wilkins,
Pinnock
r-Jr., NCCU; Twarm Mixon, r-So., HAM; TE - Tamarrick
Hemmingway, r-Jr., SCSU; C - Ronald Canty, r-Sr., NC AA&T; OL - William Ray
Robinson, r-Sr., NC A&T; Darren Pinnock, Sr., MSU; Devin Flowers, Sr., SCSU;
Clevonne Davis, Jr., NCCU
DEFENSE
DL - Javon Hargrave, Jr., SCSU: Deon King, Jr., NSU; George Riddick, Sr., NSU;
LeBranden Richardson, Sr., B-CU; LB - Lynden Trail, r-Sr., NSU; DVonte Grant, Sr.,
NC A&T; Cody Acker, Sr., MSU; Ralph Williams, Sr., B-CU; DB - Tony McRae, Jr.,
NC A&T; Donald Mattocks, r-Sr., Michael Jones, So., NCCU; Keenan Lambert, r-Sr.,
NSU; P - Christian Kinney, r-So., HAM; PK - Cody Jones, So., NC A&T; RS - Michael
Jones, So., NCCU
Second Team - OFFENSE
*QB - Malcolm Bell, r-So., NCCU; Damien Fleming, Sr., FAMU; RB - Jorrian Washington, Sr., HAM: Andre Clarke, r-Sr., NCCU; WR - Isaac White, Jr., NSU; Quentin
Atkinson, Jr., NCCU; TE - Myles Williams, r-Jr., HOW; C - Clarence Swain, R-Sr.,
MSU; OL - Christopher Pressley, Sr., NCCU; Toree Boyd, So., HOW; Domanic Wilson, r-Sr., SCSU; Kory Alpichi, Sr., HAM
DEFENSE
DL - Christopher Robinson, r-Sr., MSU; Marquis Ragland, r-So., NC A&T; Rodney
Gunter, Sr., DSU; Ty Brown, r-Sr., NCCU; Felix Small, Sr., NCCU; LB - Tavaus Dantzler, Sr., B-CU; Josh Thorne, Jr., HAM: Darius Leonard, r-Fr., SCSU; DB - Antonio
Hamilton, r-Jr., SCSU; C.J. Moore, Sr., NCCU; Paul Eatman Jr., Sr., MSU; Chris
Pauling, Jr., SCSU: P - Lawrence Forbes, r-So., MSU; PK - Chase Vanadore, r-Sr.,
FAMU; RS - Tony McRae, Jr., NC A&T
Third Team - OFFENSE
QB - Kwashaun Quick, Jr., NC A&T; RB - Jalen Simmons, Jr., SCSU; William Parker, Jr., HOW; WR - Milton Williams III, Sr., DSU; Desmond Lawrence, Sr., NC A&T;
TE - Jvon Simmons, Fr., NCCU; C - Andrew Edouard, Sr., B-CU; OL - Ronald Rose,
Sr., HAM; Brandon Parker, r-Fr., NC A&T; Justin Myler, r-Sr., NSU; Malcolm Rutledge, Sr., HOW
DEFENSE
DL - Curtis Hill, r-Sr., SCSU; Miles Groom, Jr., HAM; Rony Barrow, Sr., B-CU; Erik
Williams, Gr., B-CU; LB - Devin Rollins, Jr., HOW; Marcell Coke, Sr., NSU; Akil
Blount, Jr., FAMU; DB Darrin Marrow, r-Sr., NSU; Terrick Colston, Jr., DSU: Devonte
Johnson, Jr., FAMU; Dalonte Hall, Jr., MSU; P - Dylan Shaddix, r-Sr., NSU; Colby
Blanton, r-So., FAMU; PK - Cameron Maroug, So., NSU; RS - Antonio Hamilson,
r-Jr., SCSU