Black College Football with Trevin A Jones

 

Week four of the HBCU football season kicked off with plenty of excitement Thursday night. In Durham, North Carolina the second-ranked Eagles of North Carolina Central started defense of their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship with a 33 to 28 come from behind win over South Carolina St. Coach Jerry Macks’ Eagles were led by three different quarterbacks. Starter  Micah Zanders left the game with an apparent shoulder injury early in the first half; backups Chauncy Caldwell and Nail Ramadan played the rest of the game with Ramadan connecting on a key touchdown pass and Caldwell connected on the eventual game-winning touchdown pass to tight end Josh McCoy with 5:24 left in regulation.

Saturday the MEAC conference opening season action continues as Bethune Cookman pays a visit to the Nations Capital to take on the Howard Bison. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2014, where the Wildcats defeated the Bison 49-12 in Daytona Beach. Just up the highway in Baltimore, the Bears of Morgan State will host the Aggies of North Carolina A&T, Norfolk State takes a trip up I-95  to battle the Hornets of Delaware State, Florida A&M who is off to a 1-2 start this season will take on the winless  Tigers of Savannah State in Georgia. Meanwhile in Virginia Hampton gets a visit from non-conference opponent Monmouth.

 

In the SWAC ( Southwestern Athletic Conference) the top-ranked Tigers of Grambling State pay a visit to Itta Bean, Mississippi to take on  Mississippi Valley State. Coach Broderick Fobbs has led GSU to two consecutive unbeaten seasons in conference play and look to start their third run against the winless Delta Devils. Meanwhile, Alabama A&M takes on Texas Southern in the Louis Crew Classic and10th ranked Southern will battle Alcorn State. Staying in the state of Mississippi, Jackson State host Arkansas Pine-Bluff and in Alabama, the Hornets of Alabama State get a visit from Prairie View A&M.

In the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)  The fifth-ranked  Bull Dogs of Bowie State are 3-0 this season and open conference play hosting the Bears of Shaw. BSU is led by Quarterback Amir  “Showtime” Hall, who has already passed for 888 yards and averages 296 yards per game.Meanwhile, the sixth-ranked Trojans of Virginia State are back in action after a week off and will host the Rams of Winston Salem State. In other CIAA conference play Elizabeth City State host Johnson C. Smith, Virginia Union gets a visit from Fayetteville State, St Augustine’s is at Lincoln (PA) and Chowan battles Livingstone.

In the SIAC  (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) the sixth-ranked  Golden Rams of Albany State will play out of conference against West Georgia and  The Golden Tigers of Tuskegee will do the same taking on Findley. Meanwhile in conference play, The Panthers of Clark-Atlanta look for their third win of the season taking on the Dragons of Lane and there will be a battle of cats as Fort Valley State takes on Benedict. There will also be a couple of classics taking place as Central State meets Kentucky State in the “Circle City Classic” in Indianapolis and Miles and Morehouse clash in the “Prince Hall Americanism Football Classic “ in Fairfield, Alabama.

 

 

And in HBCU independent action fourth-ranked Tennessee State, who currently tops in the Ohio Valley Conference is looking for its fourth consecutive win this season in a battle against conference foe UT-Martin. West Virginia State takes on Shepard, Virginia University Lynchburg battles the University of Faith, Cheyney will clash with Bloomsburg, Texas College faces Wayland Baptist and Edward Waters will be out to defeat the University of Cumberlands. The undefeated Langston Lions will look for their third win of the season in a battle with Bacone in the OKC Classic and the Blue Tigers of Lincoln of Missouri are celebrating an early homecoming as they host Truman State.

 

UMT Black College Football  Payers Watch List  (Week 4):

 

Amir “ShowTime” Hall   6’4”   180 Lb   Junior    Quarterback    Bowie State :

– Hall has already completed 60 of 85 passing attempts in 3 games this season  for 888 yards and 11 Touchdowns

– Ranked  5th nationally in NCAA D-2 Passing Efficiency.  ( 201.0)

– Ranked 12th nationally in NCAA D-2 passing yards

 

 

Lamar Raynard     6’4”    200 Lb     Junior    Quarterback    North Carolina A&T  State : 

-Ranked  number two nationally  in FCS  passing Efficiency (211.7)

-Tied for third  nationally in FCS football for points responsible for (62)

 

 

Darvin Kidsy   6’1”  180 Lb   Senior   Wide Receiver   Texas Southern : 

-Ranked  number two nationally  in FCS  receiving yards per game  (124.5)

 

Calil Wilkins   5’7”    201 Lb   Freshman   Running Back   West Virginia State : 

-Ranked  4th  nationally  in NCAA D-2 Football   rushing yard (441)

 

 

Osband Thompson    6’0”   205 lb   Senior  Linebacker    Tuskegee  : 

-Ranked  4th  nationally  in NCAA D-2 Football   Total Tackles per game (13.7)

 

 

Make sure to check back for this weekends results and UMT Top Ten Poll.

 

Trevin A  Jones

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Ray Jr. on Sports

 

  1. Pitt vs. Georgia Tech-Here’s hoping that Pitt Panthers have recovered from that awful loss to Oklahoma State as they take on the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets (1-1) Saturday @12:20pm. The 1-2 Panthers desperately need a spark and can get one against a team that they’ve beaten 2 straight years, off a game-winning FG. And it’s also Pitt’s Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opener.
  2. History-This is the 12th meeting between Pitt and Georgia Tech in a series that began in 1918…Pitt leads the overall series, 7-4, and owns a two-game winning streak against the Yellow Jackets…the Panthers are 4-1 in games played in Pittsburgh and 3-1 in Atlanta.
  3. Georgia Tech’s running game-Pitt now must face this running attack, which leads the nation in rushing. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 372.5 yards rushing, while the Panthers are giving up 119.7 yards on the ground. And it is also part of that triple-option offense that Georgia Tech uses, which drives opposing teams nuts.
  4. Can Pitt beat Georgia Tech? Good question. It’s easy to say yes, but this isn’t the Pitt team from last year. Their mental toughness concerns me. The last 2 wins vs. the Yellowjackets required Pitt having that mental toughness and I’m not sure if this year’s team has it. But if they can stop GT’s running game, they might have a shot.
  5. Who’s at QB? Ah yes. The ‘Elephant in the Room.’ I don’t think it really takes Einstein to figure this out. For 3 games, Max Browne has one TD and a bunch of mental mistakes. For parts of 2 games, Ben DiNucci also has a TD plus a rushing TD. He can scramble and he’s been in the offensive system longer. Browne had his shot and blew it. It’s DiNucci’s team now.
  6. Narduzzi’s thoughts on who will start at QB? Of course, Pitt Head Coach Pat Narduzzi was going to give the politically correct answer and here it is: “It’s a coaching feel. The quarterback situation is — we’re going to continue to evaluate. They both do some really good things on tape.” See? I told you so.
  7. When asked is Narduzzi would wait until game time to announced his QB-Here’s what he said: “Yeah.” So basically, we will have to wait until 7:30 pm (changed from 12:25) to know who goes under center for the Panthers. Way too much drama for me.
  8. The return of Jordan Whitehead-He’s served his 3-game suspension and now the Panthers star safety will finally get to play starting this Saturday. Whitehead is a superb athlete, on both sides of the ball, but he must stop letting what he does off the field limit what he does on Because the Panthers desperately need him.
  9. Fullback George Aston may return-I hope he does because that would truly give Pitt a shot in the arm. Aston was truly a Red-Zone terror last season with 10 (5 rushing, 5 receiving) TD’s in 2016, all in the Red Zone. Of course, it also depends if Aston is truly healed from the ‘secret’ injury that he suffered in training camp.
  10. Nebraska fires their AD-This was truly the surprise of the day as the Cornhuskers dismissed Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst after (what the school describes) as struggles in football and basketball (do they have a basketball team?) their new search will begin immediately Makes you wonder if former Pitt AD Steve Pederson is on their wish since he was their AD from 2002-07. Should be interesting.
  11. AP Top 5-Alabama remains #1, Clemson at #2 followed by Oklahoma (#3), Penn State (#4) and USC (#5). If the College Football Playoff began today, I think the top 4 teams are deserving of playing for the National Title. And local folks need to admit that it would be cool to see Penn State in there too.
  12. Steelers vs. Bears-After starting the season 2-0, the Pittsburgh Steelers will face the 0-2 Chicago Bears at Soldier Field Sunday afternoon. It’s the first time the Steelers will play the bears since 2009 when they arrogantly went into Chicago and got upset by the struggling Bears 17-14. Apparently, the Steelers left their common sense in Pittsburgh that day.
  13. Should the Steelers be concerned? Only if they underestimate a team that they’re only 1-11 against in Chicago. Really Steelers, you should be tired of losing to teams that you’re better than on paper. I don’t believe they play down to the level of their competition, I just think the Steelers need to show respect to every opponent, regardless of record and then beat them. If they play well on offense, defense, and special teams, the Steelers should leave Chicago 3-0.
  14. Speaking of the Steelers offense-Of course folks are worried that this unit hasn’t scored 30 points in their first 2 games. Really folks? Who cares? I don’t care if the final score is 7-6, 10-6 or 6-0, if the Steelers get the W, that’s all that matters. They can easily score 30 and give up 31…that should add some perspective.
  15. Where’s James Harrison? Yeah, I’m wondering that too after he didn’t play at all in the win vs. Minnesota Sunday. Here’s what Head Coach Mike Tomlin said “Bud [Dupree] missed some time in Week 1, Anthony Chickillo was able to start. Chickillo produced two sacks. Respect those contributions. TJ Watt got hurt in Week 2; wanted to leave the hot hands in there. Chickillo being that hot hand. We appreciate James. We know what James is capable of. James will ready himself. There will be a time in the season where we’ll call on his services.”
  16. Steelers Injury Report-Dupree (Shoulder) DE Stephon Tuitt (biceps) and S JJ Wilcox(concussion) were full participation Thursday, while TE Jesse James (Ankle) was limited and T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring, illness) and Watt (groin) didn’t participate at all. I’m thinking Harrison should get some time if Watt can’t play Sunday.
  17. Stages of CTE found in Hernandez’s brain-It’s bad enough that the former New England Patriots TE committed murder and then ended his life in prison, but now his dr’s report that he had advanced stages of CTE, which has been found in the brains of many former NFL players. Just a sad situation.
  18. NBA looks to fix Draft Lottery-Why? Because fans don’t like tanking and even though teams (other than the 1984-85 NY Knicks) didn’t admit to doing so, we know they did it. So, the NBA’s trying to fix that. How? By no longer target finishing positions at the bottom, with a marginal difference in each seed from there on. In other words, say teams can no longer lose on purpose to angle for higher lottery positions. Shrewd.
  19. The Pirates-What else is there to say? They clinched their 2nd straight losing season and they’ve basically given up. Whatever ounce of pride that they have left, they need to show it in their remaining games as the season ends October 1st.
  20. Home Run Leaders-In the NL, it’s Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton with 56, and in the AL, it’s the NY Yankees Aaron Judge with 45. What awesome years by these youngsters. I hope Stanton gets at least 60 and Judge gets at least 50. That will be awesome. By the way, I think they both will win MVP.

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Pat Narduzzi Press Conference 

Georgia Tech Week

 

PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO: Narduzzi Georgia Tech Preview

 

PAT NARDUZZI: I’d like to be here under different circumstances, but another tough one as we talked Saturday. Obviously still disappointed in really how it came out, but actually when you watch the tape, you don’t feel as bad as you did Saturday. Our kids actually did some good things on both sides of the ball, and then there was the bad things we did. But you know, as I’ve said really the last three weeks, this is a young football team that has not paid attention to details like they need to. And there’s always blame to put on the coaches, like I said Saturday, of things we could have done better; what if you do this.

But when you look at it, you know, it’s almost at times where the young guys just — because they’re in that first-time situation, like option this week is going to be the first time they see some of that, so it’s a whole new ballgame. But you’re seeing some RPOs coming at you, which everybody hears about RPOs, but then when you see them, last year it was RPOs for your corners, this year it’s RPOs for the safeties, picking on the youth back there and inexperience.

But guys just panic with their technique. That’s the one thing that we try to teach our guys you have to fall back to is your fundamentals. At times we don’t do that. We kind of go — you go rogue a little bit, and you can’t do that. You know, that’s why they give us week 4, and we get to jump into ACC play, which is a positive.

Nothing that’s happened in the first three weeks really matters. I mean, it really doesn’t matter. We get ACC No. 1 against a good football team in Georgia Tech, who’s got an off week, open week to get extra rest, extra scheming, extra options, G option, trap option, veer option. They’ve got it all as far as the option game goes, and then defensively they’re very, very solid. Ted Roof, their D-coordinator, obviously Paul, I believe, runs the offense and it’s his gig and does a great job, but Ted Roof does a great job on defense.

They’re very sound. They’re not very fancy. But what they do is what they do, and they’re good at it, and they’ve got good players, too. It’ll be a challenge. Are they a top-10 team? No, but you know what, they played well against a Tennessee team and lost in overtime and we know they’re a top-25 team, so they are very talented.

PITT (1-2, 0-0 ACC) vs. GEORGIA TECH (1-1, 0-0 ACC)

September 23, 2017 • 12:20 p.m., ET

Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000/Natural Grass) • Atlanta, Ga.

ACC Network • Pitt IMG Sports Radio Network

PittsburghPanthers.com • @Pitt_FB • #PITTvsGT

 

LINK (PDF): Pitt Game Notes (vs. Georgia Tech)

 

GAME STORYLINES

  • Pitt opens ACC play on the road when it travels to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech. The Panthers and Yellow Jackets are annual foes as members of the Coastal Division.
  • The 1-2 Panthers are coming off consecutive losses to Top 10 opponents Oklahoma State and Penn State. Pitt is one of only two teams in the nation to face a pair of Top 10 teams this early in the season. (Fresno State, which played Alabama and Washington, is the other.)
  • Georgia Tech enters its ACC opener with a 1-1 record. The Yellow Jackets were idle this past week due to the cancelation of their Sept. 16 game at UCF.
  • Pitt has won each of the past two meetings with Georgia Tech. Late field goals provided the winning margin in each contest: 31-28 in 2015 and 37-34 last year. Chris Blewitt, who graduated as Pitt’s all-time leading kick scorer, was responsible for both of those game-winning kicks.
  • After facing one of the country’s most explosive passing teams in Oklahoma State, the Panthers will now have to defend the nation’s No. 1 rushing team in Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 372.5 yards rushing, while the Panthers are giving up 119.7 yards on the ground.
  • Pitt is fielding one of its youngest defenses in recent memory. Through the opening three games, the Panthers have essentially been breaking in nine new starters on that side of the ball. Only two seniors—end Allen Edwards and cornerback Avonte Maddox—are listed on the defensive two-deep.
  • The Panthers and Yellow Jackets both feature ball-control attacks on offense and rank among the nation’s leaders in time of possession. Georgia Tech averages 36:30 in possession time to rank fifth nationally. The Panthers are holding the ball for an average of 34:48 to rank 11th.

    SERIES NOTES
    This is the 12th meeting between Pitt and Georgia Tech in a series that began in 1918…Pitt leads the overall series, 7-4, and owns a two-game winning streak against the Yellow Jackets…the Panthers are 4-1 in games played in Pittsburgh and 3-1 in Atlanta…Pitt and Georgia Tech have twice met in bowl games with the Yellow Jackets winning each time…Georgia Tech defeated the Panthers in the Jan. 2, 1956 Sugar Bowl (7-0) and the Dec. 29, 1956 Gator Bowl (21-14)…the 2017 game marks the fifth Atlantic Coast Conference encounter between the two schools…the ACC series is tied at two wins apiece…the Panthers triumphed in each of the past two meetings courtesy of late field goals by the graduated Chris Blewitt…in 2016, Blewitt’s 31-yard field goal as time expired gave Pitt a 37-34 win at Heinz Field…in 2015, Blewitt boomed a school-record 56-yard field goal with 1:11 left for a 31-28 victory in Atlanta…the initial three games of the series from 1918-20 were all played in Pittsburgh…led by legendary coach Glenn “Pop” Warner, Pitt won each of those three contests by an aggregate score of 58-9…before the 2013 revival of the series, the two schools had not played since a pair of games at Georgia Tech in the 1970s…in 1976, Tony Dorsett scored three touchdowns as Pitt routed the host Yellow Jackets, 42-14…under the direction of Coach John Majors, Pitt would go 12-0 in 1976 and claim the national championship, while Dorsett would win the Heisman Trophy…the Panthers also defeated Georgia Tech, 27-17, in Atlanta during the 1974 season.

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Black College Football with Trevin A Jones (Week 3 Results)

Week three of the HBCU football season saw all of the games played on Saturday; A day of many blowouts. Lincoln of PA. was trounced by Anderson Broaddus 48-10, Delaware State fell to West Virginia 59-16, Cheyney was routed by Indiana of PA. 65 to 16, Hampton had their way with Livingstone 59-0, Rutgers routed Morgan State 65-0, Norfolk State was blitzed by James Madison 75-14  and the Bison of Howard ranked 8th on the Urban Media Today Football  Poll were no match for Richmond as the Spiders prevailed 68-21.

 

Speaking of teams ranked on the UMT Top Ten Poll, top-ranked Grambling State picked up its second win of the season, beating Jackson State 36-21. Devante Kincade led the way passing for 255 yards and a touchdown, while on the defensive side of the ball the Southwestern Athletic Conference defensive player of the week De’ Arius Christmas made his presence felt with 5 solo tackles and also returned a fumble for a touchdown.

 

In other top ten actions  North Carolina A&T, Tennessee State and Bowie State all improved to 3-0. The Aggies of A&T beat UNC-Charlotte 35-31 as QB Lamar Raynard threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns, despite being sacked twice. The Tigers of Tennessee State beat  Florida A&M 24-13 to win the Tampa Classic. QB Treon Harris led a Tigers offense that tallied 514 yards of total offense while the defense held the Rattlers to only 262 yards. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs of Bowie State mauled St. Augustine’s 66-20. Bowie States’ offense fell one yard short of a  school record 732 yards in total offense. Bowie State Star QB Amir “Showtime” Hall accounted for 496 yards as he passed for 6 touchdowns and ran for 2 more.

 

Saturday’s action did not stop there, In the SIAC  (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) the Golden Rams of Albany State suffered their first loss of the season falling to North Greenville 35-27. The Golden Tigers of Tuskegee handed Clark-Atlanta their first loss 30-16, Morehouse beat Central State 35-33, Kentucky State ran past Kentucky Wesleyan 30-23, Benedict took a bite out of  Lane 30-21 and Miles College shut down Fort Valley State 29-10.

 

In the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) teams finished up their out of conference schedule. Bethune Cookman was no match for FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) opponent Florida Atlantic falling to the Owls 45-0. Coach Terry Sims  Wildcats were outrushed 439 yards to 61 and the Bethune offense finished with only 117 yards of total offense. The Bulldog defense of South Carolina State held the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith scoreless 41-0 and the Tigers of Savannah State could only muster 3 points while the Grizzlies of Montana ran off 56 points.

 

In the SWAC ( Southwestern Athletic Conference) Coach Brian Jenkins and his Alabama State Hornets gave Kennesaw State a tough way to go before the Hornets wings were clipped  20-14. The Jaguars of Southern who are still without star quarterback Austin Howard suffered their second loss of the season 51-17 against the University of Texas-San Antonio. Howard is out nursing an injury he suffered in the season opener. Alabama A&M also had a tough game falling to South Alabama 45-0, Prairie View A&M suffered a similar fate at the hands of Nichols State 44-13, Arkansas Pine-Bluff was no match for Arkansas State 48-3 and Alcorn State fell to McNeese State 34-27.

 

Meanwhile, in the CIAA ( Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) Chowan ran into a tough opponent in West Florida suffering a 51-23 smackdown, while Elizabeth City State edged Fayetteville State in the 20th Annual Down East Viking Classic 45-42.The Bears of Shaw picked up a big win 34 -27 over Malone and  Winston Salem State edged Virginia Union 21-20.

 

And finally in HBCU independent action, Lincoln of Missouri came up 4 points short in their battle against Quincy as the Blue Tigers fell by a score of 7-3. Speaking of Tigers, Edward Waters lost to Cumberland 38-16  and Virginia University of Lynchburg felt the bite of the Wolves of Newberry 55-7. The Steer of Texas College remain winless this season falling to SAGU 52-7 and West Virginia State came up short to Notre Dame of Ohio 47-35.

UMT Black College Football   Poll  09/18/17  (Week 3):

 

1 Grambling State         Tigers.       2-1     (Beat  Jackson St & Northwestern St / Lost to Tulane)

2 North Carolina Cent.   Eagles.     1-1     (Beat Shaw. / Lost to Duke)

3 North Carolina A&T    Aggies       3-0     (Beat Gardner Webb /Mars Hill/ UNCC)

4 Tennessee State         Tigers       3-0     (Beat Georgia St/ Jackson St/FAMU)

5  Bowie State               Bulldogs    3-0     (Beat  Setin Hill/ Winston Salem St/ St Aug)

6  Albany State      Golden Rams    2-1     (Beat  Valdosta State & Tuskegee/ Lost to N. Greenville)

7  Virginia State             Trojans      2-0     (Beat Norfolk State & J.C. Smith )

8   Howard                       Bison       1-2     (Beat UNLV/ Lost to Kent State &Richmond)

9  Bethune Cookman     Wildcats.   1-2     (Beat SouthEastern LA./ Lost to Miami & FAU)

10 Southern                   Jaguars     1-2     (Beat S.C. State / Lost to S. Miss.& UTSA)

 

Honorable Mention :

Alcorn State                   Braves      1-2    (Beat  Miles College/ Lost  to FIU & McNeese St)

Clark-Atlanta                 Panthers    2-1   (Beat Edward Wates & Central State/ Lost to Tuskegee)

Hampton                       Pirates       2-1    (Beat  Delaware St & Livingstone/ Lost to Ohio)

Langston                       Lions          2-0   (Beat  Lincoln (Mo) & Lyon College)

Winston-Salem St          Rams         2-1   (Beat UNC-Pembroke & VA Union/ Lost to Bowie State)

 

Make sure to check back for this weekends preview and the UMT player watch list.

Trevin A  Jones

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Steelers Beat Vikings 26-9; improve the 2-0

The 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers had a slogan that was based off a quote from former head coach Chuck Noll: Whatever it takes. “We’ll do whatever it takes to win” Noll was quoted. And it basically meant that the Steelers would do whatever it took to get the win. And you can’t argue with Noll’s philosophy as that team went 12-2 (Yeah, they only played 14 games back then) and won Super Bowl 10. What I got out of Noll’s quote is that it doesn’t have to always be pretty and so what if it’s ugly, a win is a win is a win and that’s what the ’75 team did as well as the other 3 Super Bowl teams of the 1970’s.

After watching the first 2 games of the 2017 Pittsburgh Steelers, I beginning to believe that they have caught onto Noll’s philosophy as well. In fact, current head coach Mike Tomlin also had a saying that defined their 2008 season: Style points don’t matter. Meaning: Who cares how you win a game, just as long as you get it done. And apparently, that philosophy worked for that Steelers team as they also became Super Bowl Champions after winning Super Bowl 43.

The 2016 defending AFC North Division Champions first 2 games may not be what you call pretty wins, but they were wins nonetheless. Last week, the Steelers held off the Cleveland Browns 21-18 and this week, the Steelers welcomed the Minnesota Vikings to Heinz Field for their home opener and won 26-9.

When you first look at the final score against the Vikings, it’s easy to think that the Steelers blew them out, which is what the score suggests, but if you realized how they got those 26 points, it will honestly make you wonder why the final score wasn’t 49-9 Steelers.

Out of those 26 points, the Steelers only scored two touchdowns which came in the first half: QB Ben Roethlisberger found WR Martavis Bryant for a 27-yard score. Then Big Ben scored again when he found rookie WR JuJu Smith-Shuster for a 4-yard shovel-pass for a TD to extend their lead to 14-0. After that hot start, it was easy to think that the Steelers were getting ready to put the Vikings the same way that Oklahoma State did to the Pitt Panthers in that very stadium 24 hours ago.

And then after that, the Steelers offense took the rest of the day off, form the end zone that is. Now granted, the Vikings defense weren’t pushovers either as they put double coverage on All-Pro WR Antonio Brown, who finished with 5 catches for 62 yards which is mortal stats for him. But that’s why Big Ben has several weapons and he turned to one of them in the person of Martavis Bryant who looked pretty good today with a 3 catch-91-yard game and the TD. In addition to his score, he also had an incredible 51-yard TD which put the Steelers into FG range. Smith-Shuster’s TD was the first in his NFL career as he finished with 16 yards on 3 catches.

RB Le’Veon Bell also showed some improvement as he rushed for 87 yards on 27 carries. He started to show the patience that he was known for last season, but you could tell that the Vikings defense centered on him. Big Ben also put up decent numbers as he passed for 243 yards and those 2 TDs. But I bet even he would tell you that he should’ve probably had 4 TDs.

In the first half, the Steelers looked like the team who beat Miami in the 2016 AFC Wild Card Game, but in the second half, they looked like the team who beat Kansas City in the AFC Divisional Game because they didn’t score a single TD. Like the KC game, the Steelers got into the Red Zone, but they were unable to score, so they turned to K Chris Boswell to help put the Vikings away and like the KC game, Boswell didn’t disappoint as he nailed 3 field goals (4 total) to get the win. To me, Boswell is starting to look like a modern-day Gary Anderson who earned the title Mr. Automatic during his Steelers days (1982-1994) He would’ve probably had 5 field goals if the Steelers didn’t get a penalty that pushed them out of field goal range.

But of course, the concern about the offense is the fact that they left points on the field because they failed to score TDs in the Red Zone, something that no team wants to experience, but it also helps if the defense shows up, which the Steelers defense did.

No, the unit weren’t as impressive as they were against the Browns when they sacked the QB 7 times, but the Steelers got to Vikings QB Case Keenum (20/37, 167 yards, 0 TDs) twice thanks to linebackers Bud Dupree (who missed last week’s game) and Vince Williams, but overall, they got the job done by only allowing one TD from the Vikings offense and 9 points. Now let’s be honest, this wasn’t the same Vikings team that beat the New Orleans Saints last week because starter Sam Bradford wasn’t on the field. After passing for over 300 yards against the Saints, Bradford was injured and missed the game against the Steelers.

The Vikings TD came on a 1-yard score by FB CJ Ham but K Kai Forbath missed the extra point, and that was all for the Vikings, who also committed a late fumble late in the 4th quarter which helped seal the Steelers victory.

I really believe the fact that NFL teams are still developing after their first 2 weeks as the season is still new, that’s why it’s so important to get as many wins as you can early. Granted, you need them later in the season, but getting those early W’s are essential. The Steelers will now prepare to hit the road next Sunday as they take on the 0-2 Chicago Bears.

“We were better this week. We did what was necessary to win.” Said Tomlin after Sunday’s game.

Now, why does that sound familiar?

Whatever it takes.

Notes: In their Home Opener vs. the Vikings, the Steelers had a special tribute to owner Dan Rooney, who passed away April 13th…Rookie LB TJ Watt missed the 2nd half with a groin injury.

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Pittsburgh 26, Minnesota 9

Sept. 17, 2017

Post-Game Notes

 

TEAM

  • Pittsburgh is now 2-0 (1-0 at home) in 2017.

 

  • The Steelers are now 8-9 in regular-season history against the Vikings, 6-4 at home and 3-0 at Heinz Field.

 

  • Pittsburgh is now 15-2 in regular-season home openers at Heinz Field since the stadium opened in 2001.

 

  • Pittsburgh has won four of the previous five regular-season matchups against Minnesota.

 

  • Pittsburgh improved to 2-3 in regular-season games against Minnesota in the month of September (2-1 at home in the month).

 

  • Pittsburgh is now 26-6-1 at Heinz Field against NFC opponents in regular-season games since the stadium opened in 2001.

 

  • The Steelers are 446-282-2 during the regular season since 1970.

 

  • Limited Minnesota to 67 total yards of offense in the first half –the ninth-fewest allowed in the opening half of a game by the Steelers at Heinz Field, since the stadium opened in 2001.

 

  • Held the Vikings to 16 total yards of offense in the first quarter – tied as the ninth-fewest allowed in the opening period of a game by the Steelers at Heinz Field, since the stadium opened in 2001.

 

Head Coach Mike Tomlin

  • Improved his regular-season record to 105-57 since becoming the Steelers’ head coach in 2007 (60-21 at home).

 

  • Improved to 10-1 in regular-season home openers in his Steelers’ tenure.

 

  • Has led the Steelers to a 2-0 start in the regular-season for the fifth time since becoming the team’s head coach in 2007, and for the second year in a row.

 

  • Improved to 2-1 as the Steelers’ head coach in regular-season games vs. Minnesota (2-0 at home).

 

  • Is now 27-14 in regular-season games vs. NFC teams (16-5 at home).

 

  • Improved to 21-15 in regular-season games during the month of September (12-3 at home).

 

  • Is now 80-14 when the Steelers hold a lead at halftime.

 

QB Ben Roethlisberger

  • Improved to 125-60 as a starter during the regular season (70-22 at home).

 

  • Became the seventh player in NFL history to record 125 wins as a starter in the regular-season, joining Tom Brady, Drew Brees, John Elway, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.

 

  • Became the seventh player in NFL history to record 70 home wins as a starter in the regular season, joining Tom Brady, Drew Brees, John Elway, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.

 

  • Increased his Steelers franchise record for the most wins as a starting quarterback to 125 (Terry Bradshaw, 107).

 

  • Completed 23-of-35 passing for 243 yards with two touchdowns for a passer rating of 104.8.

 

  • Has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 45 consecutive home games in which he has played – the third-longest streak in NFL history (Tom Brady: 47 and Drew Brees: 60) and the longest active.

 

  • Is now 3-1 against Minnesota in the regular-season as a starter (2-0 at home).

 

  • Has compiled a record of 33-15 as a starter against NFC opponents (19-5 at home).

 

  • Surpassed Drew Bledsoe (3,839) for the ninth-most pass completions in NFL history, now with 3,851 in his NFL career:

MOST PASS COMPLETIONS IN

                Rk.      PLAYER, YEAR                                          NFL HISTORY

  1. John Elway, 1983-98                                   4,123
  2. Eli Manning, 2004-current                           4,101 (Plays on Monday Night Football)
  3. Warren Moon, 1984-2000                            3,988
  4. Ben Roethlisberger, 2004-current           3,851
  5. Drew Bledsoe, 1993-2006                           3,839
  6. Philip Rivers, 2004-current                          3,833 (Game in Progress)

 

  • For the 76th time in his career during the regular season, he registered a passer rating over 100.0 as a starter. The Steelers are 68-8 in those games.

 

WR Antonio Brown

  • Led the Steelers and tied for the game high in receptions (five) for 62 yards with a long of 26.

 

  • Has registered at least one reception in 110 consecutive games in which he has played, including the postseason – dating back to October 3, 2010.

 

  • Has registered at least one reception in 101 consecutive regular-season games – dating back to October 3, 2010.

 

  • His 16 catches in the first two games of the 2017 season are tied as the third-most in team history :

MOST RECEPTIONS IN FIRST TWO

                Rk.      STEELER, YEAR                                        GAMES OF A SEASON: STEELERS HISTORY

                T1.       Antonio Brown, 2015                                 18

Hines Ward, 2003                                        18

                T3.       Antonio Brown, 2017                                 16

Mike Wallace, 2011                                     16

Hines Ward, 2001                                        16

  1. Hines Ward, 2002                                        15

 

  • His 244 receiving yards in the first two games of the 2017 season are the fourth-most in franchise history:

MOST RECEIVING YARDS IN FIRST TWO

                Rk.      STEELER, YEAR                                        GAMES OF A SEASON: STEELERS HISTORY

  1. Antonio Brown, 2015                                     328
  1. Louis Lipps, 1984                                        260
  1. Hines Ward, 2004                                            250
  2. Antonio Brown, 2017                                     244
  3. Hines Ward, 2003                                            237

 

  • Increased his career scrimmage yards to 8,740 – fifth-most scrimmage yards in franchise history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                               14,234
  2. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              12,511
  3. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005                           11,377
  4. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             8,834
  5.         Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   8,740

 

  • Increased his career receiving total to 8,621 – third-most receiving yards in franchise history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RECEIVING YARDS

  1. Hines Ward, 1998-2011                              12,083
  2. John Stallworth, 1974-87                             8,723
  3.         Antonio Brown, 2010-current                   8,621

 

WR Martavis Bryant

  • Posted game-highs in receiving yards (91) and scrimmage yards (98).

 

  • Caught the 15th touchdown reception of his NFL career on a 27-yard completion from QB Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter.

 

  • Hauled in a 51-yard catch in the third quarter, the seventh reception of 50 or more yards in his NFL career.

 

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

  • Scored a touchdown on the first reception of his NFL career on a four-yard pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter.

 

RB Le’Veon Bell

  • Led all rushers with 87 yards on 27 carries and caught four passes for four yards.

 

  • Increased his career rushing total to 4,164 – the fifth-most by a Steeler in their first five years with the team:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RUSHING YARDS

  1. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2000                               6,713
  2. Franco Harris, 1972-76                                   5,133
  3. Willie Parker, 2004-08                                     4,989
  4. John Henry Johnson, 1960-64                        4,370
  5. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                           4,164

 

  • Increased his career rushing total to 4,164 – the fifth-most by a Steeler in team history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RUSHING YARDS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                                   11,950
  2. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2005                               10,571
  3. Willie Parker, 2004-09                                     5,378
  4. John Henry Johnson, 1960-65                        4,381
  5. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                           4,164

 

  • Increased his scrimmage yards total to 6,188 – the eighth-most in Steelers history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Heath Miller, 2005-15                                  6,577
  2. Louis Lipps, 1984-91                                   6,406
  3. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       6,188
  4. Willie Parker, 2004-09                                 6,075
  5. Lynn Swann, 1974-82                                 5,534

 

  • Increased his career scrimmage yards total to 6,188 – the second-most by a Steeler in their first five years with the team:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     SCRIMMAGE YARDS

  1. Jerome Bettis, 1996-2000                           7,242
  2. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       6,188
  1. Franco Harris, 1972-76                                   5,947
  1. Willie Parker, 2004-08                                 5,622
  2. Antonio Brown, 2010-14                              5,341

 

  • Broke a tie with Ray Mathews (230) for sole possession of the third-most receptions by a Steelers running back in team history:

                Rk.      STEELER, YEARS                                     RECEPTIONS

  1. Franco Harris, 1972-83                                   306
  2. Merril Hoge, 1987-93                                       241
  1. Le’Veon Bell, 2013-current                       234
  2. Ray Mathews, 1951-59                               230
  3. Lynn Chandnois, 1950-56                           162

 

G David DeCastro

  • Extended his consecutive regular-season games started streak to 58 – the third-longest active consecutive games started streak among NFL guards.

 

CB William Gay

  • Extended his consecutive regular-season games played streak to 162 – the longest active consecutive games played streak among NFL defensive players.

 

S Mike Mitchell

  • Extended his consecutive regular-season games started streak to 64 – the third-longest active consecutive games started streak among NFL safeties.

 

S Sean Davis

  • Tied for the team lead in tackles with 8 (7 solo).

 

DB Mike Hilton

  • Made the first start of his NFL career and tied for the team lead in tackles with 8 (5 solo) and a quarterback hit.

 

LB Ryan Shazier

  • Recorded 8 tackles (7 solo) to tie for the team lead, along with a pass defensed.

 

LB Bud Dupree

  • Made his 2017 debut and recorded a sack of Minnesota QB Case Keenum for a loss of 11 yards, increasing his career sack total to 9.5.

 

LB Vince Williams

  • Posted his first sack of the season, bringing down Minnesota QB Case Keenum for a loss of 10 yards in the third quarter, increasing his career sack total to 3.5.

 

K Chris Boswell

  • Converted each of his first four field goal attempts of the 2017 season, from 46-, 29-, 37- and 43-yards out.

 

  • Was his fourth career regular-season game with four field goals made or more.
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Pitt Falls Hard to Oklahoma St 59-21

 

There are some ‘sure things’ in life: Death, Taxes and the play of the 2017 Pitt Panthers football team. (Sorry Ben Franklin) After an impressive 2016 season that saw them beat Penn State and upset Clemson, it was expected that the Panthers would have a jump start to even greater things in 2017. Even I thought this team would be better as they had lots of optimism that was fueled by their head coach Pat Narduzzi.

My mistake (and I’m sure yours too) This Pitt Panthers team is proving that they’re not as talented as last year’s team and I’m saying that nicely. Right now, this team is a far cry from the team that went to the Pinstripe Bowl and I admit, I didn’t think the departure of several Pitt players (other than RB James Conner) would hurt them as much, but after watching this team play 3 games and lose 2, I admit that I was wrong. This team needs help. Lots of it.

The Panthers weren’t expected to do much vs. the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but I had hoped that they would put up more of a fight, especially on defense after a not-to-shabby performance vs. Penn State last week.

Like I said, my mistake.

The Panthers defense were the main culprits in an embarrassing 59-21 loss to the Cowboys, dropping their record to 1-2. It was easily the worst Pitt home loss at Heinz Field and their second loss in consecutive weeks to a Top 10 team. And if they thought to bring a team like the Cowboys would put folks in the Heinz Field seats, then that was their mistake. Their performance basically sent folks home before the first half.

In last year’s matchup, the Panthers only lost 45-38 to the Cowboys, mainly because the offense was better. That unit could match big plays with anyone. Quite the opposite in this year’s game, especially under Browne.

Let’s be honest: This game was over before the first half and part of the reason was the play of starting QB Max Browne, the graduate transfer from USC. Unfortunately, this young man hasn’t lived up to his hype after 3 games, but his performance has confirmed why USC benched him last year. He has zero chemistry with the offense and at times he looks lost and confused in the pocket and I can only feel for WR Jester Weah who was the main deep threat for the Panthers last season, but of course, that was when Nate Peterman was under center.

So far, Weah has as many yards as I do, and I haven’t been on the field since August (So what if I wasn’t in uniform) He misses Peterman as we all do. Narduzzi apparently had enough of Browne (60 yards passing, 0 TDs)  as he was replaced by Ben DiNucci the rest of the game.

Here’s how the scoring went down: Oklahoma St scored first as RB Justice Hill runs it in for 20 yards. 7-0 Cowboys. After Pitt Punts, Ok St scores again as QB Rudolph finds WR Stoner for a 54-yard TD pass to extend their lead to 14-0.

Pitt looked like it was showing signs of life as they converted a couple of first downs, but then QB Max Browne deflated Pitt’s chances when he overthrew a wide-open WR Jester Weah and then got sacked on the next play. And how die the cowboys respond? Another TD of course as Rudolph found WR Keene Aetman for a 69-yard TD pass to extend their lead to 21-0. The most crushing part of that play was when Pitt had several chances to sack Rudolph, but missed and allowed him to find Aetman who easily eluded his defender en route to the end zone.

The Panthers tried to make their mark on their next drive, but each attempt was ruined by foolish penalties. Head Coach Pat Narduzzi chose to go for it on 4th down, but Browne’s pass was dropped by WR Aaron Matthews. And once again, what did Oklahoma St. do in response? They scored again. Rudolph found WR Jalen McClesky for the 6-yard TD to extend their lead to 28-0.

Pitt once again does nothing on their next offensive drive as Browne looks as confused as ever and punts the ball with over 12 minutes remaining. The Cowboys scored once again (now I’m sounding like an echo) when Rudolph found McClesky once again for the TD, extending their lead to 35-0.

Pitt then replaces Browne with DiNucci and what does he do? Finds WR Quadree Henderson for a 75-yard pass and then finally score when RB Chawntez Moss ran it in from the 5-yard line to trail the Cowboys 35-7.

You’d think that Pitt’s defense would take inspiration from that TD, but then you had to remember that we’re talking about Pitt’s Defense. Yes, they scored again as RB Hill scored from 15 yards extending their lead to 42-7. On DiNucci’s second drive, it looked like Browne was still in there as Pitt did nothing on offense and punted the ball back to the Cowboys with over 5 minutes left to play in the first half.

You know I’m going to say it…how did Oklahoma St do? Score, of course. As McClesky scored his 3rd TD of the game, this time from 48 yards to extend their lead to 49-7. On Pitt’s next drive, they scored again when DiNucci found WR Rafael Araujo Lopes for his first collegiate TD, as Pitt now trailed 49-14.

Pitt gets the ball in the second half and after showing signs of life with the play of DiNucci, they go nowhere as he gets sacked on 3rd down, punting the ball back to Ok St who took over at their own 1-yard line. The Cowboys looked like they were about to add to their lead as they drove down the field with as much effort as driving home until Rudolph’s pass was intercepted by Pitt CB Avonte Maddox.

But that sheer bit of joy was short-lived as DiNucci’s pass was intercepted by Cowboys DB Justin Phillips to extend their lead to 56-14. DiNucci looked like he was about to get the Panthers into the end zone again, but his pass was intercepted by Cowboys DB Tre Flowers near the 5-yard line. It was intended for forgotten WR Jester Weah.

After both offenses exchanged drives, Pitt scored again when Cowboys punter missed the snapped and as the ball sat in the end zone, Pitt DB Jason Finnock fell on it and Pitt now trailed 56-21. Th Cowboys would add a 25-yard FG to extend their lead to 59-21.

If there were any positives in this game, I would point at the play of DiNucci, who played his heart out despite the odds, (228 passing yards, a TD and 2 Interceptions) and freshman WR Lopes who emerged as the team’s leading receiver of the day with 89 yards on 6 catches and his first-ever college TD, but nothing else honestly went right for the Panthers. who now must shake this off and prepare to travel to Georgia Tech next weekend.

The Cowboys truly had a field day against Pitt as Rudolph passed for 497 yards and 5 TDs. Hill rushed for 91 yards and McClesky led his team with 162 yards on 6 receptions. In fact, four Cowboys receivers had 100 yards apiece against the Panthers secondary who now

Pitt now must shake this off and prepare to travel to Georgia Tech next weekend as Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play begins. And beating the Yellowjackets won’t be a sure thing either.

Notes: Pitt legends Hugh Green and Tony Dorsett were honored at Saturday’s game. Green was the honorary captain and Dorsett was given the Legend of the Game ball in front of a standing ovation.

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This Weekend in HBCU Football Saturday, September 16th features the following HBCU Games:

 #1  Grambling State  (1-1) host  Jackson State  (0-2)  

– In this battle of Tigers Grambling State will feature running back  Martez Carter who rushed for over 200 yards last week and garnered the SWAC offensive player of the week honors.

 

– Jackson State will feature SWAC preseason defensive player of the year, Keontre Anderson. The Defensive End who led the FCS in tackles last season.

 

-This game will air on ESPN3 and its the first time Grambling State will play JSU at home in Eddie Robinson Stadium since 2012.

 

 

#2 North Carolina Central (1-1)

–  The Eagles suffered an opening season loss to Duke, but rebounded last week with a win over Shaw. This week NCCU Has a bye week and prepares for South Carolina State next week.

 

 

#3 North Carolina A&T (2-0)   at  UNC-Charlotte (0-2) 

-The Aggies have outscored their opponents 101-3; Last week in the win over Gardner Webb, Aggies QB Lamar Raynard led the offensive attack passing for 321 yards and 3 Touchdowns.

 

– N.C. A&T  return specialist Khris Garden will be one to keep an eye on, last week he garnered 150 yards of all purpose yards.

 

-The 49ers of UNC-Charlotte will be led by dual threat quarterback Hassan Klugh who threw and rushed for over a hundred yards in the loss to Eastern Michigan.

 

 

#4 Tennessee State  (2-0)  at  Florida A&M  (1-1

– This game is billed as the FAMU Tampa Classic and will be played at Raymond James Stadium

 

-Tennessee State features wide out Patrick Smith who was named Ohio Valley Conference Specialist of the Week after he returned a 56-yard punt for the deciding touchdown in last weeks win over Jackson State.

 

-The Rattlers of FAMU will feature one of two quarterbacks. Ryan Stanley led the way to an opening season win but last week had to give way to senior  Vincent Jeffries who led the offense from under center in last weeks loss.If Stanley’s’ ankle is healed look for him to get the nod this weekend.

 

 #5 Albany State  (2-0)  host North Greenville  (1-1) 

-The Golden Rams are coming off wins over Valdosta State and Tuskegee. ASU has moved up from number 20 to number 16 on the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Division II Coaches Poll.

 

-Albany States’ offensive attack is led by Red-shirt freshman quarterback Chancellor Johnson, and their Ram tough defense is led by senior linebacker Marquez Thomas who has 11 solo tackles. Last weekend the Golden Rams “D” did not allow the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee to cross the fifty-yard line.

 

-The Crusaders of North Greenville were led last week by the running combination of Ashton Heard who rushed for 39 yards while scoring the lone touchdown and Robbie Brown who finished the day with 53 yards on nine carries. Defensively Brandon Burger appears to be the man after finishing with 14 tackles in last weeks loss.

 

 

# 6 Bowie State (1-1)  at  Saint Augustine’s (0-2) :

-The Bulldogs of Bowie State have outscored their first two opponents of the season 79 to 20. The offensive attack is led by quarterback Amir “Showtime” Hall who passed for 455 yards and 5 Touchdowns. Hall gets support in the BSU offensive attack from wide out Lansana SeSay who has 11 receptions for 194 yards.

 

-The Eagles of St Aug have only scored 14 points in their first two games this season and will rely on the legs of running back Josh Glisson who leads the team with 300 all purpose yards. On the defensive side of the ball linebacker James Hickman leads the team with 19 tackles.

 

 

 # 7 Howard University (1-1)  at   Richmond (1-1):

– The Bison have one win and one loss on the season after playing two Football  Bowl Subdivision schools and this weekend will take on one of the top ten teams in the Football Championship Subdivision.

 

– Howard features the MEAC preseason offensive player of the year in running back Anthony Philyaw who is at this time  the 11th leading rusher in FCS Football.

 

– Richmond will feature the leading passer in FCS Football Kyle Lauletta who in two games has already passed for 852 yards. His main target is the top receiver in all of FCS football Dejon Brissett who has 331 yards and a TD.

 

 

#8 Virginia State  (2-0 )

–  The Trojans who have wins over Norfolk State and Johnson C. Smith get a bye week and will play Winston Salem  State next week.

 

 

# 9 Bethune-Cookman  (1-1)  at   Florida Atlantic  (0-2) 

-In the first two games of the season under the guidance of redshirt senior quarterback Larry Brihm Jr the Wildcats offense controlled the football for an average of over 30 minutes per game. That will come in handy this weekend against the Owls of Florida Atlantic (an FBS opponent).

 

-Florida Atlantic strong safety Jalen Young may be a problem for the Wildcats air attack.The Junior led the Owls with 14 tackles in the loss to Wisconsin last week, in 2016 Young led the team in tackles for most of the season.

 

 

#10  Southern   (1-1)   at   Texas  San-Antonio (0-0) 

-The Jaguars of  Southern will face this FBS opponent without the services of star QB Austin Howard who is nursing an injury he suffered in the first game of the season. True freshman  Glendon  McDaniel will most likely lead the SU offense under center, but coach Dawson Odums may also give Redshirt freshman Marquez Lee some reps as well.

 

– The UT-San Antonio RoadRunners are coming off a big win against Baylor after their season opener against Houston was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey.  The UTSA offensive attack is led by Dalton Storm who passed for 155 yards in the win over the Bears, and he ran for 98 more yards.

 

Other Games on Saturdays Schedule Include : 

Delaware State       (0-2) at  West Virginia   (1-1)

Clark-Atlanta          (2-0)  at  Tuskegee        (1-1)

Morehouse             (1-1)  at  Central State   (0-2)

Cheyney                 (1-1)  at  Indiana (PA)    (2-0)

Malone                   (0-1)  at  Shaw               (0-2)

Winston-Salem St  (1-1)  at  Virginia Union  (1-1)

Notre Dame (Ohio) (1-1)  at  W. Virginia St. (1-1)

Savannah State      (0-1)  at   Montana        (1-1)

Kentucky Wesleyan(1-1)  at  Kentucky St.   (0-2)

SAGU                     (1-1)  at  Texas College (0-2)

Johnson C. Smith   (0-2)  at S.Carolina St   (0-1)

Norfolk State           (0-2)  at James Madison (2-0)

Morgan State.         (0-2)  at  Rutgers.            (0-2)

Fayetteville State    (1-1)  at  Elizabeth City St (1-1)

Va Univ-Lynchburg  (0-2)  at  Newberry.         (0-2)

Cumberland             (3-0)  at Edward Waters (0-2)

McNeese State        (1-1)  at Alcorn State      (0-2)

Arkansas Pine-Bluff (1-1)  at Arkansas State (0-1)

Prairie View A&M     (0-1)  at Nicholls State   (1-1)

Lincoln (Mo)             (1-1)  at   Quincy.           (1-1)

Alabama A&M          (0-2)  at South Alabama (0-2)

Lane                         (1-1)  at   Benedict         (1-1)

Miles                         (0-2)  at   Fort Valley St (0-1)

Livingstone               (0-2)  at  Hampton         (1-1)

Chowan                    (0-2)  at   West Florida   (1-0)

Kennesaw State       (1-1)  at  Alabama St.     (0-2)

Lincoln (Pa).             (0-2)  at  Alderson Broaddus (0-2)

Make sure to check back for this weekends Results and the UMT player watch list.

 

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   Ray Jr. on Sports

 

  1. Pitt Hosts Oklahoma State Saturday-After their 37-14 shellacking at the hands of Penn State, the Pitt Panthers hope to rebound against another ranked team in the Oklahoma State Cowboys, a team that the Panthers faced last season and lost 45-38 in Stillwater, Ok. I watched last year’s game and it was a true shootout in which the losing team would do so on defense, which was Pitt.
  2. Can Pitt Win Saturday? Well, punchers always got a chance, but I wonder how much ‘punch’ does Pitt has? The team that faces Penn State didn’t have much punch and the 2016 team that faced OKS last year was a much better team, especially at quarterback.
  3. Pitt’s Defense Will be Tested-Although they weren’t awful against Penn State, the Pitt D will face a Cowboys team that has averaged 51 points in there and 573 yards their first 2 games. If they can put the pressure on the QB and force some turnovers, then the Panthers have a chance.
  4. Pitt’s QB Issues-I know that Head Coach Pat Narduzzi is sticking with USC Transfer Max Browne as the starter, but is that wise? I don’t think it is. Browne thinks too much in the pocket in my opinion, and that has led to sacks, incomplete passes (especially in the Red Zone) and interceptions. I guess it’s fair to give him one more shot, but against a top 10 team? Oh boy.
  5. Pitt’s Running Game-For the second straight week, this unit has proven to be the strength of the team as they rushed for 155 yards against Penn State and 208 against Youngstown State. Starter Quadree Ollison rushed for 96 and 91 yards in the 2 games and has earned the starter’s spot. So, if Pitt’s smart, they will keep using the run to their advantage, especially for the time of possession.
  6. Pitt’s Uniforms vs. Penn State-You know I was happy that the Panthers introduced the road throwbacks for last Saturday’s game. It was truly a classic look and I really hoping that they will be the team’s primary uniforms starting next season (with the blue helmets as an alternate)
  7. Head Coach James Franklin’s remarks after beating Pitt-For him to say that beating Pitt was like beating Akron was a low blow, but he’s entitled to it. His comment just made the 4-game series even more intense and it will add to Next Year’s game at Heinz Field.
  8. Narduzzi’s response? Of course, he was going to keep it classy, but here’s how he responded: “You have to ask him. They went low, we went high.” Like I said, classy. But I know Narduzzi wasn’t thrilled. All part of the rivalry folks.
  9. Where’s Quadree Henderson? Yes, the All-American All-Purpose back has struggled because YSU and Penn State have zeroed in on him and I was afraid that would happen. But it goes with the territory. Now the question is, what kind of adjustments will be made to his game? I think the Jet Sweep needs to take a break and he is not a WR. We shall see.
  10. AP Top 5-To no surprise, Alabama remains #1, but Oklahoma is now #2 after upsetting Ohio State last Saturday. Clemson is #3, USC is #4 and Penn State is #5. (down from #4 after beating Pitt) The Buckeyes have dropped to #8, which isn’t bad for a 1-1 team.
  11. Steelers vs. Vikings-Fresh off their 21-18 win vs. Cleveland, the Pittsburgh Steelers will now host the Minnesota Vikings who beat the New Orleans Saints 29-19 on Monday. QB Sam Bradford looked pretty good and the Saints surprisingly looked bad, especially former Viking Adrian Peterson, who only had 18 yards on 6 carries. Wow.
  12. The Steelers chances vs. the Vikings-I think they can beat them if they don’t Ben Roethlisberger effectively using his weapons and the born-again defense making Bradford’s life miserable will make the Steelers 2-0.
  13. TJ Watt-I really believed that he was the real deal when the Steelers drafted him, and now he’s proving it. Watt had 2 sacks and an interception in Sunday’s game and has earned the AFC Rookie Defensive Player of the Week Award. If he keeps this up, he’ll win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Write it down.
  14. Stephon Tuitt-One day after he signs the $61 million contract extension, the Steelers DE gets hurt in Cleveland with a biceps injury, but the reports are that he’s not expected to miss the rest of the season, which is good news. Their signing of free agent DE Tyson Alualu as a backup now makes GM Kevin Colbert look like a genius.
  15. New England Patriots-Of course a lot of folks are down on the defending SB Champions after losing 42-27 to the Kansas City Chiefs, but unless they lose like that for the next 15 weeks, it’s only one game folks, The Patriots are too good to allow that type of loss to affect them, and that’s just reality. Expect them to bounce back in Week 2.
  16. Giants Beckham out with hand injury-WRs need their hands, and without them, they’re basically nothing and the NY Giants Odell Beckham Jr. is now facing that as he’ll miss 6-8 weeks due to a hand injury. It’s a shame to see that happen to the NFL’s 3rd best WR (after the Steelers Antonio Brown and Atlanta’s Julio Jones)
  17. Kobe Bryant’s Numbers will be retired by Lakers-You heard that right: Bryant’s #8 and #24 will be retired by the LA Lakers during the upcoming NBA season and I think it’s awesome. Bryant dominated wearing both of those numbers and he’s the first to receive such an honor.
  18. Should the Bulls then retire MJ’s #45? Get real folks. Even Michael would laugh at that one. Jordan wore #45 when he returned from his first retirement because #23 was the number that his Late father last saw him play in, but eventually, he switched back to #23 and no, the Chicago White Sox shouldn’t retire his #45 either. Just cut it out, folks.
  19. The Pirates-As we shift to MLB, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now finishing up on a disappointing season, but there’s some good news, OF Andrew McCutchen hit his 200th career HR Wednesday which is an awesome accomplishment. The question is, will it be one of the last HRs that he hits in a Pirates uniform? Remember, he was almost traded to the Washington National last year. I wouldn’t put it past the Pirates.
  20. Indians set MLB Record-And you thought the LA Dodgers was the hottest team in MLB? Nope, it’s the defending AL Champion Cleveland Indians who are looking like they could make a run for it again after winning their 21st straight game, which is a new MLB Record. I hope they keep it going.

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Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll

Urban Media Today Black College Football  First Poll  of the 2017 season :

1 Grambling State         Tigers.      1-1      (Beat Northwestern St / Lost to Tulane)

2 North Carolina Cent.   Eagles.    1-1     (Beat Shaw. / Lost to Duke)

3 North Carolina A&T    Aggies      2-0     (Beat Gardner Webb /Mars Hill)

4 Tennessee State         Tigers       2-0     (Beat Georgia State/ Jackson State)

5 Albany State       Golden Rams   2-0     (Beat  Valdosta State / Tuskegee)

6  Bowie State               Bulldogs    2-0    (Beat   Seton Hill/ Winston Salem State)

7  Howard                       Bison       1-1     (Beat UNLV/ Lost to Kent State)

8  Virginia State             Trojans     2-0     (Beat Norfolk State / J.C. Smith )

9  Bethune Cookman     Wildcats.  1-1     (Beat SouthEastern LA./ Lost to Miami)

10 Southern                   Jaguars    1-1     (Beat S.C. State / Lost to S. Miss.)

Honorable Mention :

Alcorn State                   Braves      1-1    (Beat  Miles College/ Lost  to FIU)

Clark-Atlanta                 Panthers   2-0.   (Beat Edward Wates/ Central State)

Hampton                       Pirates       1-1   ( Beat  Delaware St/ Lost to Ohio)

Langston                       Lions         2-0.   (Beat  Lincoln (Mo) / Lyon College)

Virginia Union                Panthers    1-1.   ( Beat Newberry/ Lost to LIU Post)

 

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Black College Football with Trevin A Jones

Week Two in the HBCU football season saw one game canceled and one game postponed as the result of a second hurricane in two weeks. Hurricane Irma wreaked Havoc across Florida and in parts of southeast Georgia forcing the game between Fort Valley State and Valdosta State to be canceled and the game between South Carolin State and Charleston Southern to be postponed.

The week started off  Thursday with Prairie View A&M battling Sam Houston State tough before falling 44-31 and Texas Southern losing a close game to Houston Baptist 24-17.

Friday the Braves of Alcorn State fell to the Panthers of Florida International 17-10 and the Hampton Pirates ran past Delaware State 28-15. Coach Connell Maynor’s’ Pirates picked up their first win of the season led by the legs of running back Yankee Johnson toting the rock 18 times for 86 yards and a TD, while the arm of quarterback Delmon Williams connected on  16 of 25  passes for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Saturday the Steer of Texas  College lassoed by the Cowboys of Hardin Simmons in a 74-0 loss. The defending SIAC champion Thorobreds of Kentucky State came up lame against McKendree 50-0, while Edward Waters did a little better against Bluefield, but was unable to score in a 19-0 loss.

West Georgia beat Miles College 45-7, Clark Atlanta devoured the Marauders of Central State 55-14 and the Vulcans of California Pa. declawed the Wolves of Cheyney  54-14. Alabama A&M was no match for Vanderbilt in a 42 to nothing loss, The Tigers of Savannah State had little to no bite  in their 54 to 7 loss to Appalachian State and  Mississippi Valley State only mustered a field goal in their 55 to 3 loss to Southern Illinois.

Another HBCU that suffered a big loss was Elizabeth City State as the Braves of UNC-Pembroke used a 28 point second quarter to break open a 66-14 win handing  Coach Earnest Wilsons’ Vikings their first loss of the season. Coach Dawson Odums and the Southern Jaguars were blanked by Southern Mississippi 45-0. The Jags were missed their starting quarterback Austin Howard who is out with an Injury. That forced coach  Odums to look to true freshman Glendon McDaniel and  Redshirt freshman Marquez Lee to get the Southern offense going to no avail.

There were some big winners Saturday as defending MEAC champion North Carolina Central sent the Bears of Shaw into early hibernation with a 41 to nothing win. North Carolina A&T sent Mars Hill packing 56 to nothing and in the Battle of Lincolns, The Blue Tigers of Lincoln University of Missouri chewed up on the Lions of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania 49-19.

Speaking of big wins the Bulldogs of Bowie State took the defending CIAA champion Winston Salem State Rams by the horns on their way to a 31-13 win ,Virginia State beat the Gold off the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith 44-6 and The Panthers of Virginia Union  came up big with a 31-23 non Conference win over Newberry. Other big winners included Morehouse beating Lane 24-10, Bethune Cookman slipping past SouthEastern Louisiana 28-23  and defending national champion Grambling State topping Northwestern State 23-10.

There were some exciting finishes on Saturday as  HowardUniversity came up a touchdown short of defeating their second FBS school in as many weeks. Kent State held off a late Bison rally to grab their first win of the season 38-31, Tennessee State beat Jackson State 17-15 in the Southern Heritage Classic and Albany State knocked off Tuskegee 20-7.

Urban Media Today Black College Football  First Poll  of the 2017 season :

1 Grambling State         Tigers.      1-1      (Beat Northwestern St / Lost to Tulane)

2 North Carolina Cent.   Eagles.    1-1     (Beat Shaw. / Lost to Duke)

3 North Carolina A&T    Aggies      2-0     (Beat Gardner Webb /Mars Hill)

4 Tennessee State         Tigers       2-0     (Beat Georgia State/ Jackson State)

5 Albany State       Golden Rams   2-0     (Beat  Valdosta State / Tuskegee)

6  Bowie State               Bulldogs    2-0    (Beat   Seton Hill/ Winston Salem State)

7  Howard                       Bison       1-1     (Beat UNLV/ Lost to Kent State)

8  Virginia State             Trojans     2-0     (Beat Norfolk State / J.C. Smith )

9  Bethune Cookman     Wildcats.  1-1     (Beat SouthEastern LA./ Lost to Miami)

10 Southern                   Jaguars    1-1     (Beat S.C. State / Lost to S. Miss.)

Honorable Mention :

Alcorn State                   Braves      1-1    (Beat  Miles College/ Lost  to FIU)

Clark-Atlanta                 Panthers   2-0.   (Beat Edward Wates/ Central State)

Hampton                       Pirates       1-1   ( Beat  Delaware St/ Lost to Ohio)

Langston                       Lions         2-0.   (Beat  Lincoln (Mo) / Lyon College)

Virginia Union                Panthers    1-1.   ( Beat Newberry/ Lost to LIU Post)

 

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