South Carolina State used a national stage to show that it is one of the best teams in Black College football – if not the best.
The Bulldogs continued the MEAC’s dominance in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Sunday by holding off Grambling State 34-31 in a nationally-televised game from the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Malcolm Long passed for two touchdowns and Travil Jamison rushed for two more to lead South Carolina State (1-0) to the MEAC’s fourth win in the five-year history of the Challenge.
Grambling State (0-1), last year’s Black College national champion, fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter and rallied to pull within 34-31 in the fourth quarter on a TD pass from Greg Dillon to Damian Jefferson. The Tigers had another chance after stopping the Bulldogs on a fourth-and-three with less than two minutes, but Dillon was intercepted deep in SCSU territory, Grambling’s fourth turnover of the game, to end the threat.
For the complete recap of the game, visit the AJC’s scoreboard by clicking here.
In your opinion, were there any big surprises over the weekend? Alabama A&M fans have been loud and proud with their preseason expectations of the Bulldogs, but I must admit I was surprised with the ease in which they handled Tennessee State in the John Merritt Classic in Nashville. Is there anyone out there who attended the game that can enlighten everyone?
Shaw winning at Bethune-Cookman was something eye-opening along with Fort Valley winning at Morehouse. The fact that Fort Valley won wasn’t as surprising as the margin on victory, especially on the road.
The biggest surprise of the weekend had to be Miles’ victory over Tuskegee, the perennial frontrunner of the SIAC. Especially after Tuskegee opened a 16-0 lead and Miles came back to win, scoring two TDs in the fourth quarter to pull off the upset.
So, what was the biggest surprise of the weekend in your mind? And if there weren’t any surprises, what was your impression of your favorite team’s performance?
Let me know what you think.
Black College weekend scores
Fort Valley 36, Morehouse 13
Virginia Union 45, Central State 0
For the complete list of weekend scores, visit Onnidan’s HBCU Sports Online by clicking here.