Friday, October 20, 2017

GameDay preview: Tuskegee at Kentucky State


WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Alumni Stadium, Frankfort, Kentucky

RECORDS: TU (5-2, 3-0 SIAC), KSU (2-5, 1-1 SIAC)

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TWITTER: @MGMsports @MyTUAthletics, @TUGolden Tigers, @TuskegeeUniv

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Tuskegee earned a 33-7 win over Jackson State in last week's 5th Quarter Classic in Mobile. Tuskegee has now won four of its last five games and three in a row heading into Saturday's SIAC West game against Kentucky State. ... The Tigers will be looking to avenge last year's 10-9 loss to the Thorobreds, which knocked them out of SIAC title contention. Kentucky State blocked a potential game-tying extra point attempt and a potential game-winning field goal in the final two minutes. Kentucky State now leads the all-time series 15-12. ... The Thorobreds, who have their homecoming this week, are coming off a 35-0 loss to Miles last Saturday. KSU has lost three straight games. ... Kentucky State running back Brett Sylve rushed for 107 yards against Miles. Sylve is fourth in the SIAC at 94.4 rushing yards per game. ... The game matches the two worst scoring offenses in the SIAC. Tuskegee is ninth at 19.3 points per game while Kentucky State is last at 18.4 points per game.


Commemorating125 Years of Black College Football

DII AFCA Coaches Top 25 Football Rankings: Virginia State #21, Bowie State #23

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Week 7 final scores shook up the CIAA Northern Division, but gained two teams national exposure. As announced Tuesday, Virginia State University ranks No. 21 while Bowie State University holds the No. 23 spot in the NCAA Division II American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) rankings.

Power houses No. 23 Bowie State and No. 21 Virginia State went head-to-head last Saturday in a Northern Division rival matchup. The Trojans proved their dominance with a 47-35 victory, which was aired nationally on live television via Aspire TV. Prior to this contest, the Trojans were not featured in the AFCA football rankings while Bowie State held the No. 14 spot.

The Trojans remain undefeated with a 6-0 overall record and moved to the No. 1 spot in the CIAA Northern Division. The Bulldogs slid to No. 3 in the North and now hold a 6-1 overall record.

BSU and VSU will resume CIAA play on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The Trojans will hit the road as they travel to face the Lions of Lincoln (PA) University. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. The Bulldogs will welcome the Virginia Union University Panthers for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff contest.

Rankings - AFCA Coaches

1Northwest Missouri State (34)7-08501
2Shepherd (WV)6-07912
3Indiana (Pa)7-07823
4Minnesota State7-07544
5Midwestern State5-06826
7Grand Valley State6-16357
8Fort Hays State7-06168
9Central Washington7-057210
10Texas A&M-Commerce5-154111
11Winona State7-049413
12Ferris State5-142415
15Sioux Falls6-135218
16Colorado Mesa6-130720
17Slippery Rock6-12889
18West Alabamagoo6-127123
19Delta State6-126321
21Virginia State6-0165NR
22Humboldt State5-115425
23Bowie State6-19514
24Eastern New Mexico6-166NR
25Southeastern Oklahoma State6-16419


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Freshman firepower helps XULA throttle Lady Panthers

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Freshmen Lauryn Taylor, Kayla Black and Vivica Price-Spraggins combined to hit .605 Tuesday and lead Xavier University of Louisiana in a 25-13, 25-10, 25-12 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference volleyball victory against Philander Smith.

The Gold Nuggets (17-2, 9-0) can clinch a tie for their seventh consecutive GCAC regular-season championship with a victory Saturday in a 1 p.m. match at Talladega or a Dillard loss Monday at Tougaloo.

Taylor had 11 kills and hit .556, both career highs, in 18 attacks. Black had 10 kills — her 10th match in double figures — and hit a career-best .529 in 17 attacks. Price-Spraggins hit .875 — seven kills and no errors in eight attacks — and raised her team-best season percentage to .374.

XULA had 14 kills in each set and for the match hit .393, its second-highest percentage of the season and its best on an opponent's floor in three years.


Black, Juliana Tomasoni and Tiffany Phillips served three aces apiece. Anna Dalla Vecchia had 11 digs to reach double figures for the 16th time this season, and Black and Adili Rikondja had two blocks apiece. Eva Le Guillou had 20 assists, and Phillips had 12.

XULA stretched its win streak to seven and exceeded its victory total of last season, when it was 16-17.

Ed Cassiere, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

Cincinnati to host Alabama A&M in 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The Cincinnati Bearcats will host the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in 2018, the school has indicated in their upcoming game notes.

Cincinnati will host Alabama A&M at Nippert Stadium on Sept. 15, 2018. The game will be the second meeting between the two schools following UC’s 52-10 win back in 2015.

Alabama A&M is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). So far this season, the Bulldogs are 3-4 overall and 3-1 in SWAC play.

The addition of Alabama A&M completes Cincinnati’s non-conference schedule for the 2018 season. The Bearcats are also scheduled to travel to UCLA (Sept. 1) and Miami Ohio (Sept. 8; at Paul Brown Stadium) and host Ohio (Sept. 22).


WSSU scrambling after shocking loss to St. Aug's

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- Winston-Salem State finds itself in rare territory this week after getting upset 17-14 by St. Aug’s in Raleigh on Saturday.

Offensive lineman Tim Samuels of the Rams came to the weekly news conference on Tuesday afternoon and was asked about the loss.

“I’m still shocked,” Samuels said about only the second loss to a Southern Division team in the last seven seasons.

There were a lot of shocked Rams as the Falcons rallied to score the winning touchdown on Demetrius Lewis’ 9-yard pass to Sam Boyd with 39 seconds left in the game.

Coach Kienus Boulware of the Rams said the goal this week in practice is to regain any kind of confidence they can. At 4-3 and 1-1 in the Southern Division, the Rams aren’t eliminated from the division, but they will need help as they try to win the division for the seventh straight year.


Virginia State Football Preview: Trojans go for 7-0 at Lincoln (PA)

ETTRICK, Virginia - They’re unbeaten, they’re #1 in their division and they’re 6-0 for the first time since 1970.

This Saturday, the Virginia State Trojans will hit the road and challenge Lincoln (PA) in a bid to improve to 7-0 and earn their 11th straight victory.

Lincoln (PA), sitting at 0-7, is still seeking its first win of 2017 and is hosting Virginia State for its Homecoming Game.

Game time is Saturday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. at Lincoln University, Pa.


Virginia State (6-0) at Lincoln (0-7)

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time: 1 p.m.

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Location: Lincoln University (Pa.)

SERIES HISTORY SINCE 2008: Virginia State leads 9-0