S.C. State prevails in Black College showdown

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.

Any weekend surprises?

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

Alabama A&M 24, Tennessee State 7

Alabama State 38, Concordia 33

Albany State 45, Kentucky State 0

Ark-Monticello 27, Ark-Pine Bluff 3

Arkansas State 61, Miss Valley 0

Florida A&M 21, Delaware State 12

Fort Valley 36, Morehouse 13

Hampton 31, N.C. Central 24

Louisiana-Lafayette 42, Southern 19

Miles 23, Tuskegee 16

Miss State 45, Jackson State 0

Norfolk State 28, Virginia State 10

North Carolina A&T 19, Winston-Salem State 10

Prairie View 17, Texas Southern 7

Shaw 20, Bethune-Cookman 6

Southern Miss 52, Alcorn State 0

Virginia Union 45, Central State 0

For the complete list of weekend scores, visit Onnidan’s HBCU Sports Online by clicking here.

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September 6th, 2009
9:28 pm

Shaw beating Bethune-Cookman was definitely a surprise. BCC only scoring 6 points against a Division II team. WOW! I am sure that Alvin Wyatt is about to have a stroke~ And next week they play SCSU!! They got a lot of work to do in six days.


September 7th, 2009
10:35 am

I told yall about Albany state. They said Kentucky state and Albany State were the top two in the siac… before ASU BLEW THEM OUT THE WATER. 2009-2010 Black College National Champions… ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY


September 7th, 2009
1:11 pm

MEAC prevails again. South Carolina State kicked that butt. The score should have been higher due to some miscues by the Bulldogs. SWAC you better some better than that. Your champions are weak like your conference. The MEAC is where the best football is being played except for Bethune Cookman. I think we need to put them in the SIAC.

GO MEAC!!!!!


September 7th, 2009
5:16 pm


I give the Bulldogs their props, but, the CIAA is strong enough to give most MEAC and SWAC teams a very competitive game. Our top could compete with your top.


September 8th, 2009
8:58 am

@Jackie. The CIAA has lost enough of its best teams over the past decade that there is no way they are strong enough to compete. Don’t let Shaw’s win over BCU fool you. Of the 11 schools in the MEAC, three may be bottom feeders that the CIAA can play with but for no one in the CIAA could be in the top six or seven of the MEAC.


September 8th, 2009
12:17 pm

The only surprise started at the beginning of the season when Shaw withdrew from playing Albany State. Please Leo, find out why Shaw refuse to play Albany State. Shaw and the CIAA must know something…..Da Dirty Blue Defense of Albany State in back in the SIAC!


September 8th, 2009
10:50 pm

the swac has nothin on the meac. SCSU prove that this past weekend. SCSU ( black national champs 2009 )

Mr. Riley

September 9th, 2009
12:33 am

One time for my alma mater (AAMU) for the nice victory… i really wasn’t expecting to much from us this year, but this is a good way to start it…


September 9th, 2009
10:59 pm

Can you break the scores down by conference.. SIAC, MEAC, CIAA…


September 10th, 2009
5:20 am

The SWAC Conference is considered by many “experts” to be the strongest HBCU Football Conference.

This past weekend showed their strength.

The conference scored a very impressive total of 29 points against their competition. The competition scored a total of only 227 points.

They were 0/5 versus out of conference non-HBCU teams. Alabama State did win. They beat the “powerhouse” Concordia College/Selma 38 to 33.

SWAC 29 points / Competition 227 points !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SWAC teams should be National Champions because of the strength of our conference.

Tuskegee University wins 26 straight football games and only lose on a very, very controversial play but yet Grambling State wins the National Championship because they play in such a powerful conference.

Next we will examine the other so-called power conference the MEAC. One of their teams Bethune-Cookman scored a whopping 6 points in their loss to Shaw University last week.



September 10th, 2009
10:25 am

Just announced… NCCU has been admitted into the MEAC


September 16th, 2009
12:51 pm

Hey Y’all:

What’s up Tuskeegee fans? You let little Miles College bust your bubble!!! The MEAC and SWAC teams continue to show their stuff, but the MEAC is the conference to be in. We welcome North Carolina Central to the fold. But when they come they better have their “A” game or they are going to get stomped in the MEAC. The teams in the MEAC are not playing.


October 3rd, 2009
10:34 pm

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