Late touchdown drive is enough to send Spartans past Bison
NORFOLK STATE 15, HOWARD 12
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.