Late touch­down drive is enough to send Spar­tans past Bi­son


The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Greg Hanker­son com­pleted 24 of 36 passes for 294 yards and two touch­downs to help lead Nor­folk State to a 15-12 come-from-be­hind win over Howard on Satur­day at Greene Sta­dium.

Trail­ing 12-7 with 1 minute 53 sec­onds re­main­ing, Hanker­son en­gi­neered a nine play, 76-yard drive capped off by a six-yard scor­ing strike to DeAn­dre Sang­ster with 41 sec­onds left.

Isaac White fin­ished with nine catches for 145 yards and a touch­down, while Sang­ster added 98 yards and a score for the Spar­tans (2-3, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence).

Howard (0-5, 0-3) led 5-0 at half­time and ex­tended its lead to 12-0 mid­way through the third on a six-yard touch­down run by Don­nel Pleas­ant. Nor­folk State took con­trol from there how­ever, putting its first points on the board when Hanker­son found White on a 49-yard touch­down pass late in the third.

Pleas­ant led Howard with 87 yards rush­ing.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T 45, HAMP­TON 31: Khris Gardin re­turned four punts for 203 yards, and his 71-yard touch­down dash sent the Ag­gies (3-1, 1-0 MEAC) past the Pi­rates (2-3, 1-2) in Hamp­ton, Va.

Pi­rates wide­out Twarn Mix­son threw a 19-yard strike to Se Quan Good­ing to tie the game at 31. Gardin’s touch­down came with 5:56 left in the game. Tarik Co­hen scored from two yards to seal the vic­tory.

BUCK­NELL 28, VIR­GINIA MIL­I­TARY IN­STI­TUTE 22 (OT): Matt Del Mauro broke a 23-yard scor­ing run in overtime to give the Bi­son the vic­tory over the Key­dets (1-4) in Lex­ing­ton, Va. VMI’s Dil­lion Christo­pher, who made a 40-yard field goal at the end of reg­u­la­tion to tie the game, missed a 38-yard at­tempt in overtime. Buck­nell (3-1) took over, and two plays later Del Mauro was in the end zone.

Al Cobb, who threw for 251 yards and two scores, drove the Key­dets 58 yards in 11 plays to set up Christo­pher’s 40-yard field goal with six sec­onds re­main­ing.

Nitti passed for 188 yards and one touch­down.

BOWIE STATE 34, JOHN­SON C. SMITH 21: The Bull­dogs (4-1, 2-0 Cen­tral In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion) made two huge plays on de­fense to hold off the Golden Bulls (1-4, 0-2 CIAA) in Char­lotte. Matthew Gog­gans led the Bowie State of­fense with 177 pass­ing yards and three touch­downs, and Stephen Wil­lis (Paint Branch High) rushed for a teamhigh 62 yards and one touch­down.

HAM­P­DEN-SYD­NEY 38, CATHOLIC21: The Car­di­nals (2-2, 0-1 Old Do­min­ion Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) lost to the Tigers (3-1, 1-0) in a game that was moved to Jef­fer­son For­est High in For­est, Va., af­ter heavy rains and wind forced the switch to a turf field.

Ham­p­den-Syd­ney uti­lized the run­ning game, rolling to 283 yards on the ground, 203 by Kyree Koonce. Car­di­nals quar­ter­back T. J. Tu­tone went 33 for 49 for 221 yards and two touch­downs but was picked off twice.

MOUNT IDA 43, GAL­LAUDET 12: In New­ton, Mass., the Bi­son (0-3, 0-1 Eastern Col­lege Football Con­fer­ence) fell be­hind 43-0 be­fore scor­ing twice in the fi­nal nine min­utes against the Mus­tangs (1-3, 1-0). Gal­laudet fin­ished with 24 rushes for mi­nu­sone yard.

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