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5:37 pm, September 18, 2022

👀 Recapping Week 3 of FCS HBCU football | Conference standings

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Week 3 of HBCU football in the FCS was full of excitement. Here's what you may have missed.

Teams with byes: Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, South Carolina State

FCS HBCU vs. FCS HBCU

Hampton 17, Norfolk State 7

Hampton is 3-0 for the first time since 2007 after winning the Battle of the Bay. The Pirate receiving duo of Roman Copeland and Jadakis Bonds combined for six catches, 169 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Hampton's defense cause problems for Norfolk State all game long, shutting out the Spartans in the second half and creating a quarterback switch late in the game.

Jackson State 66, Grambling State 24

Jackson State and Grambling State were close entering halftime, with Jackson State leading 21-17. Then came the second-half offensive explosion. Jackson State outscored Grambling State 45-7 in the second half, finishing the day with 628 yards of total offense. Quarterback Shedeur Sanders accounted for six touchdowns — a career high — passing for four and rushing for two — another career high. He finished the day halfway through the fourth quarter, completing 21-31 passes for 357 yards. Running bakc Sy'Veon Wilkerson made his first start of the season, rushing for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

Texas Southern 24, Southern 0 (at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX)

Texas Southern shut out Southern for the first time since 1971 to win the Arlington Football Showdown. Texas Southern quarterback Andrew Body completed 16-22 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers lead 21-0 by halftime. Defensively, Texas Southern intercepted Southern quarterback Besean McCray three times in the victory.

FCS HBCU vs. DII

Howard 31, Morehouse 0 (at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ)

After a scoreless first half, Howard's offense found its groove thanks to the Quinton Williams-Antoine Murray connection. The QB-WR duo connected for two second half touchdowns as the Bison won the inaugural HBCU New York Football Classic.

Delta State 28, Mississippi Valley State 17

Mississippi Valley State fell behind 18-0 before getting its first points against Delta State in the third quarter. The Delta Devils attempted to rally late in the second half but it was too little, too late.

FCS HBCU vs. FCS opponents

Morgan State 24, Sacred Heart 9

Morgan State picked up an impressive win over the two-time reigning NEC champion Sacred Heart. The Bears won the first game of head coach Damon Wilson's tenure thanks to winning the ground game. Morgan State running back duo of Alfonzo Graham and Jabriel Johnson each ran for a touchdown, while the Bears limited Walter Payton Award finalist Malik Grant to only 13 yards on the ground.

Austin Peay 28, Alabama A&M 3

Alabama A&M's struggles continued this week against Austin Peay. The Bulldogs struggled to protect the quarterback and protect the football, allowing five sacks and turning the ball over three times. Alabama A&M's quarterback issues are apparent, regardless of who's under center. The Bulldogs have yet to throw a passing touchdown, thrown seven interceptions, and only completed 46 percent of their passes.

North Carolina Central 45, New Hampshire 27

North Carolina Central picked up one of the most impressive non-conference wins of any HBCU, beating New Hampshire, a team ranked nationally by some outlets. In the win, quarterback Davius Richard ran for the most yards of any Eagle quarterback in 23 years, gaining 140 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Defensively, safety Khalil Baker continued his ball-hawking season, intercepting his third pass this year and taking it in for a touchdown.

No. 8 UIW 31, Prairie View A&M 14

Prairie View A&M couldn't keep up with the elite FCS offense at UIW, allowing 491 yards of total offense. After finding progress in the passing game last week, the Panthers struggled again in Week 3, only completing four passes for 59 yards.

Alcorn State 30, McNeese 19

Alcorn State jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back as the Braves picked up the SWAC's first ever win over McNeese. Quarterback Aaron Allen looks the part as he completed 15 of 27 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. Up early, Alcorn State used its rushing attack often to the tune of 52 carries for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

FCS HBCU vs. FBS opponents

Duke 49, North Carolina A&T 20

North Carolina A&T fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter to Duke and could never recover. A bright spot for the Aggies in the loss was running back Bhayshul Tuten who rushed for 133 yards on 13 attempts.

Middle Tennessee 49, Tennessee State 6

Tennessee State fell behind 49-0 against in-state FBS foe Middle Tennessee as this game got out of control early. 

No. 8 Oklahoma State 63, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7

Arkansas-Pine Bluff struggled against top-10 FBS opponent Oklahoma State. The Golden Lions will play their first FCS opponent of the season next week.

Other matchups

Delaware State 35, Virginia University of Lynchburg 19

Delaware State scored 21 unanswered first-half points to pull away from Virginia University of Lynchburg. In the win, second-string quarterback C.J. Henry played the majority of the game.

Standings

Conference records in parentheses.

MEAC

  1. North Carolina Central |3-0 (0-0)
  2. Delaware State | 2-1 (0-0)
  3. South Carolina State | 1-1 (0-0)
  4. Morgan State | 1-2 (0-0)
  5. Howard | 1-3 (0-0)
  6. Norfolk State | 0-3 (0-0)

SWAC

East

  1. Jackson State | 3-0 (2-0)
  2. Alabama State | 2-1 (0-0)
  3. Bethune-Cookman | 0-2 (0-0)
  4. Alabama A&M | 0-3 (0-0)
  5. Mississippi Valley State | 0-3 (0-0)
  6. Florida A&M | 1-2 (0-1)

West

  1. Prairie View A&M | 1-2 (1-0)
  2. Texas Southern| 1-2 (1-1)
  3. Arkansas-Pine Bluff | 2-1 (0-0)
  4. Alcorn State | 1-2 (0-0)
  5. Southern | 1-2 (0-1)
  6. Grambling State | 1-2 (0-1)

Other

  • North Carolina A&T fell to 0-3 (0-0). It has yet to play a Big South conference game.
  • Hampton moved to 3-0 (0-0). It has yet to play a CAA conference game.
  • Tennessee State fell to 0-3 (0-0). It has yet to play an Ohio Valley conference game.
5:02 pm, September 15, 2022
5:02 pm, September 15, 2022

🔥 HBCU football game of the week: Week 3

Week 3 of HBCU football in the FCS continues an exciting start to the season.

Here is Week 3's game of the week from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton and as voted on by you, the fans.

Saturday, Sept. 17

HBCU game of the week: Grambling State at Jackson State | 2 p.m. | ESPN3 (tape delayed on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m.)

This week's HBCU game of the week takes us to Jackson, Mississippi for the W.C. Gorden Classic between Grambling State and Jackson State. Yes, it's the third week in a row Jackson State has been featured in the HBCU football game of the week, but this week I even let the fans decide. There's no bias here.

This game features a matchup of two high-profile HBCU head coaches in Jackson State's Deion Sanders and Grambling State's Hue Jackson. Both teams enter with momentum after big wins. Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders and Grambling State quarterback Quaterius Hawkins earned the SWAC's Offensive Player of the Week honors in back-to-back week's to open the season, but each will face standout pass-rushers this week.

Will Jackson State's defense finally allow more than three points? Will Hue Jackson take down Coach Prime in their first head-to-head matchup? Find out Saturday in the HBCU game of the week.

Players to watch: QB Shedeur Sanders (JSU), LB Nyles Gaddy (JSU), LB Aubrey Miller (JSU), QB Quaterius Hawkins (GSU), RB Maurice Washington (GSU), DL Sundiata Anderson (GSU)

Honorable mention games: Hampton at Norfolk StateMorehouse vs. HowardTexas Southern vs. SouthernNorth Carolina Central at New HampshireNo. 8 UIW at Prairie View A&M

The honorable mention slate features a first-time classic, great rivalries and elite non-conference matchups. 

Stan Becton joined NCAA.com in 2021 and has since served as an FCS, track and field, cross country and HBCU beat reporter. He has covered numerous NCAA championship events, including the FCS Championship, DI Track & Field Championships and Men's Frozen Four. Additionally, he covered the 2021 Celebration Bowl. Stan graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, earning a degree in Professional Writing and playing football as a five-year letterman. You can follow him on Twitter @stan_becton.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions.

10:37 pm, September 12, 2022

🥇 Week 2 accolades

The MEAC and SWAC have announced their Week 2 awards. Find them listed below.

MEAC

  • Offensive Player of the Week: South Carolina State RB Kendrell Flowers
  • Defensive Player of the Week: South Carolina State LB BJ Davis
  • Offensive Lineman of the Week: North Carolina Central OL Torricelli Simpkins III
  • Rookie of the Week: North Carolina Central LB Max U’Ren 
  • Specialist of the Week: South Carolina State K Gavyn Zimmerman

Click or tap here to see more on the MEAC's Weekly honors

SWAC

  • Offensive Player of the Week:  Grambling State QB Quaterius Hawkins
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Jackson State LB Nyles Gaddy
  • Specialist of the Week: Jackson State K Alejandro Mata
  • Newcomer of the Week: Jackson State RB Sy'veon Wilkerson

Click or tap here to see more on the SWAC's Weekly honors

3:23 pm, September 12, 2022

Takeaways from the weekly MEAC coaches press conference

The head coaches from the MEAC's football team spoke to the media on Monday morning for their weekly press conference. Here are some takeaways from each coach.

Howard

Head coach Larry Scott is high on his offensive line as the unit continues to gel together, improving week to week.

North Carolina Central

"We’ve gotta get our ground game going. Everything starts with the run," said head coach Trei Oliver after dominating on the ground in Week 2. As the Eagles head to play New Hampshire in Week 3, Oliver explained his team will also be focused on stopping the run, particularly running back Dylan Laube.

Delaware State

Head coach Rod Milstead emphasized the need to fix Week 2's mistakes, highlighted by the turnovers. Yet, he also acknowledged that in Week 2, the Hornets got eight sacks while allowing zero. Overall, Milstead is "estatic" about the young players on his roster, especially the offensive line.

Norfolk State

"We're battle tested," said head coach Dawson Odums after playing two FBS opponents to open the season. After a tough schedule to start 2022, Odums said that a lot of players will be "gametime decisions" when Norfolk State plays 757 rival Hampton in the Battle of the Bay.

South Carolina State

As head coach Buddy Pough enters an early bye week, he plans to use the time to prepare for opponents down the road and heal up after missing both of his starting offensive guards in Week 2.

Morgan State

Head coach Damon Wilson is two games into his first season at the helm at Morgan State. As Wilson tries to change the culture of the team into a winning program, he's focusing on the little victories and improvements week to week.