Bethune-Cookman handles Florida A&M Larry Brihm threw for 272 yards with a touchdown and was named MVP as Bethune-Cookman handled Florida A&M 39-19 in front of 45,372 fans at the Florida Blue Florida Classic.
Bethune-Cookman (4-5, 4-3) has now won four straight after losing their first five games this season.
B-CU has now won six straight Florida Classic games making it their longest streak in the series.
Florida A&M (4-7, 4-4) struck first on a 37 yard field goal by Colby Blanton for an early 3-0 lead.
Bethune-Cookman jumped out to a 21-3 lead on Jamaruz Thompkins one-yard score with blank remaining in the second quarter.
FAMU pulled within 21-13 after a 27 yard touchdown pass from Devin Bowers to Desmond Noird in the second quarter and 26-yard third quarter field goal by Blanton.
Akevious Williams’ 11-yard score made it 27-13 in favor of B-CU.
Ryan Stanley threw for 88 yards and ran for 67 more while Bowers had 124 total yard including a passing touchdown and rushing score for FAMU.
Williams ran for 64 yards with two scores, Thompkins ran 66 yards with two touchdowns and Frank Brown had six catches for 68 yards with a score for the Wildcats.
Defensively Jacques Bryant had an interception and fumble recovery for the Rattlers.
Elliot Miller had eight tackles and Diquan Richardson recorded an interception for the Wildcats.
B-CU travels to South Carolina State to end their season. The game was rescheduled from October 8 due to Hurricane Andrew.
FAMU is done for the season; they vastly improved from 1-10 a year ago.
Florida Classic Commentary: I haven’t been at the game as a reporter in a few years. The Atmosphere was wonderful with the fans, alumni, families, tailgating and beautiful women. I also saw the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants on hand for the first time ever. They were making sure that vendors were up to standards. Florida A&M was doing well this season; better than expected which gave many reason to favor them. Bethune-Cookman had struggled this season. B-CU won because they are the better team. They had more talent. The Wildcats played like the team that was expected to finish second in the conference. This team would have contended for the MEAC had not injuries derailed their season.
Central beats North Carolina A&T to win MEAC North Carolina Central handled North Carolina A&T 42-21.
With the win the Eagles win the MEAC title. It is their first outright title ever in the MEAC.
NC Central (9-2, 8-0) will represent the MEAC in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta in December. They will play the winner of the SWAC for the HBCU National title.
North Carolina A&T (9-2, 8-1) will be headed to FCS playoffs as the Aggies was chosen as an at-large team.
Malcolm Bell threw for 184 yards with a touchdown and ran for 131 more with two scores for the Eagles.
Darrell McClain added 109 yards rushing with three touchdowns for NCCU.
Elijah Bell had 104 receiving yards with a touchdown while Oluwafami Bamiro threw for 161 yards with a score and ran for 49 more for NCA&T.
Aggies star running back, arguably the best at the FCS level Tarik Cohen ran for 81
yards with a score.
Alcorn State wins SWAC East Alcorn State rallied past Jackson State for a 34-16 win.
The win clinched the SWAC East division title for the Braves. It’s their second consecutive division title.
ASU will also have a chance to defend its SWAC title and return to the Celebration Bowl.
The Braves will play the West division winner in the SWAC Championship game on Blank.
Solomon Muhammad returned a blocked punt 59-yards for a touchdown to put ASU up 21-16 with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter.
Alcorn State (5-6, 5-4) ran for 293 yards and four touchdowns.
De’Lance Turner led the way for ASU with 129 rushing yards and a score.
Jackson State (3-8, 3-6) held a 16-14 halftime advantage.
Jarin Morikawa threw for 257 yards and two scores for the Tigers.
Noah Johnson threw for 81 yards and ran for 81 more with a score for the Braves.
DeSean McKenzie had four catches for 92 yards and a score for JSU.
DII Playoffs: Tuskegee wins, Winston Salem falls Javarrius Cheatham caught four passes for 93 yards with three scores while Kenny Gant ran for 139 yards on 18 carries with a score to help Tuskegee University beat second seeded Newberry College 35-33 in the first round of the Division II playoffs. The Golden Tigers improve to 9-2 on the year and will travel to North Greenville for a second round playoff game.
Kerrion Moore ran 25 times for 148 yards with two touchdowns to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the season but Winston-Salem State University fell to Long Island University Post 41-48 in the opening round of the Division II playoffs. Rod Tinsley also threw for 278 yards with two touchdowns and Quincy Jackson caught
four passes for 98 yards with a score for the Rams. Winston-Salem State finishes the season at 9-3. The UIL Post Pioneers (12-0) will play blank in the second round.