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BCU’s Exciting SWAC Victory over MVSU

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In a thrilling Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) football showdown under the bright lights at Daytona Stadium, Bethune-Cookman delivered an electrifying performance, securing a 20-7 victory over visiting Mississippi Valley State. This epic battle unfolded on a Thursday evening, gracing the screens of ESPNU as part of the SWAC’s esteemed Thursday night football lineup, generously shared with the ESPN Family of Networks.

As the exhilarating contest unfolded, all eyes were on Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Raymond Woodie Jr., who was ardently seeking his inaugural SWAC victory. The first-year head coach did not disappoint, igniting the fervor of the 4,380-strong crowd gathered for the annual “Black-Out” event. This exciting victory further solidified the Wildcats’ prowess in Thursday night games, boasting an impressive 7-2 record since 2010.

Bethune-Cookman, with a season record of 2-7 and a conference record of 1-5 in the SWAC, wasted no time in making their mark. The opening quarter saw the Wildcats seize the initiative, capitalizing on a missed fourth-down conversion attempt by Mississippi Valley State (1-8, 1-5 SWAC). With remarkable efficiency, the Wildcats needed only two plays to strike gold. Mar’Kai Shaw, operating from the running back position, delivered a spectacular 41-yard touchdown pass to Tink Boyd, followed by a perfect extra point from Cade Hechter. At this point, BCU surged ahead, leading 7-0 with 7:27 left in the first quarter.

BCU’s dominance continued into the second quarter as they extended their lead to 14-0. Omari Hill-Robinson’s interception at the MVSU 47-yard line set the stage for a remarkable sequence of plays. Tylik Bethea connected with Jalen Brown for a 14-yard gain, and Shaw followed with a nine-yard rushing touchdown, solidifying the Wildcats’ advantage. Boyd secured another touchdown with an impressive catch in the back of the end zone, contributing to the 14-point lead.

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The Wildcats kept their momentum alive with a nine-play drive spanning 77 yards, culminating in a 20-yard field goal from Hechter, bringing the score to 17-0. This lead remained intact as both teams retreated to the locker room at halftime.

In the second half, Mississippi Valley State mounted a spirited comeback effort, embarking on a nine-play, 60-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown. Jared Wilson’s one-yard plunge up the middle and Alexander Davis’s extra point brought the Delta Devils to within 17-7.

But Bethune-Cookman wasn’t finished. Another interception, this time by Darnell Deas, paved the way for a scoring opportunity. Four plays later, Hechter added a 21-yard field goal, expanding the Wildcats’ lead to 20-7.

MVSU was led by Jared Wilson’s 55 rushing yards and Jaydyn Sisk’s 174 passing yards, while Jaxson Davis stood out with five receptions for 92 yards. The Delta Devils’ defense was anchored by Omar Emmons, who tallied an impressive nine tackles.

For BCU, Tylik Bethea’s performance shone bright, with 136 passing yards on 12 of 18 attempts, coupled with a touchdown. Jimmie Robinson III contributed 61 rushing yards on 19 carries, and Tink Boyd stood out with four receptions for 76 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Wildcats’ defense was a force to be reckoned with, led by the dynamic Dearis Thomas, who recorded 11 tackles, while Ja’Bari Jaudon, Iverson Clement, Stephen Sparrow, and Conroy Cunningham each contributed seven tackles.

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Bethune-Cookman fans can eagerly anticipate their team’s next showdown on Saturday, November 12, at 1 p.m., when they host SWAC rival Alabama A&M at Daytona Stadium. The Wildcats are poised for another exciting chapter in their quest for SWAC supremacy.

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Ratters Gain Bragging Rights Against BCU in Florida Classic

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In the much-anticipated Week 12 clash between the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the powerhouse Florida A&M Rattlers, the stakes were high as both teams approached the grand finale of their Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season campaign.

This annual showdown between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is not merely confined to the realm of football; it stands as a cherished tradition with significance that transcends the boundaries of the playing field. FAMU has won 10 games since 1999 and BCU needed an answer to the dominate performances but couldn’t find one.

 

The Rattlers, going into the game FAMU was boasting an impressive 9-1 record, including a flawless 7-0 SWAC performance, have ascended to the seventh position in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll. Their momentum continued with a commanding 28-0 victory over Lincoln (CA) last week, marking their eighth consecutive triumph.

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The spotlight of this electrifying showdown not only falls on team accomplishments but also on individual performances that fueled the Rattlers’ dominance. Quarterback Moussa delivered a stellar performance, amassing 150 yards with a 14/21 completion rate, and showcasing precision in execution. However, it was the Rattlers’ elite rushing corps that truly stole the show, with three different players rushing for 30+ yards. Terrel Jennings emerged as the standout, making a lasting impact with 2 touchdowns and an impressive 62 yards on 8 carries.

On the Bethune-Cookman side, quarterback Walter Simmons demonstrated resilience with 79 yards, 1 interception, and a rushing touchdown. Although the rushing core exhibited decent performances, amassing a total of 127 rushing yards, they fell short in securing touchdowns. Jimmie Robinson III led the core with notable contributions.

As the dust settles on this fierce encounter, it becomes evident that Bethune-Cookman faces a strategic challenge in capitalizing on its rushing game to open up more intermediate throwing lanes. The need for refinement in their offensive approach is clear, and the Wildcats will undoubtedly be seeking solutions as they navigate the remainder of the season.

With the Rattlers reveling in their triumph, this dynamic matchup sets the stage for further excitement as both teams chart their course toward postseason glory. Stay tuned for more gridiron drama and the unfolding narrative of SWAC supremacy.”

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Bethune-Cookman Roars to Victory with a Dominant Ground Game, Defeating Alabama A&M 31-14

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In a resounding display of ground dominance, Bethune-Cookman delivered a season-best performance, rushing for an impressive 412 yards and securing a convincing 31-14 victory over Alabama A&M at Daytona Stadium in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) football clash. The game, dedicated to “Senior Appreciation Day,” paid tribute to 22 seniors from various facets of the Wildcats’ community.

Ground Attack Reigns Supreme

Bethune-Cookman’s ground assault was led by Walter Simmons III, who garnered a game-high 165 yards. The Wildcats boasted three players with over 100 rushing yards, showcasing the depth of their formidable running game.

A Fourth-Quarter Surge

Despite trailing 14-7 at halftime, Bethune-Cookman staged a remarkable comeback, outscoring the Bulldogs 21-0 in a dominant fourth quarter. The turning point came when Mar’Kai Shaw, fueled by a 52-yard sprint, secured a crucial touchdown, giving the Maroon and Gold a 17-14 lead.

Simmons’ Dual Threat

Walter Simmons III, stepping in after an injury to starting quarterback Tylik Bethea, showcased his dual-threat capabilities. Simmons not only orchestrated a 47-yard touchdown run but also added a 22-yard rush, contributing to the Wildcats’ fourth-quarter surge.

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Defensive Brilliance

The Wildcats’ defense intensified in the second half, with Omari Hill-Robinson intercepting a Quincy Casey pass and setting the stage for Simmons’ second score. The defensive effort, featuring key plays from Dearis Thomas, Joshua Thornhill, and others, proved instrumental in stifling Alabama A&M.

Looking Ahead

Bethune-Cookman concludes the 2023 season on a high note, finishing 3-1 at home. The Wildcats now set their sights on the Florida Blue Florida Classic in Orlando, Florida, facing in-state rival Florida A&M on November 18th at Camping World Stadium. With a potent ground game and resilient defense, Bethune-Cookman aims to cap the season with another triumph in this highly anticipated matchup.

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Florida A&M Dominates Lincoln (Ca.) with a Resounding 28-0 Victory

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In a commanding defensive showcase, Florida A&M extended their home winning streak to an impressive 19 games by overpowering Lincoln (Ca.) with a decisive 28-0 triumph. The Rattlers showcased their prowess on both ends of the field, improving their season record to an impressive 9-1, while Lincoln (Ca.) struggled, falling to 0-11.

Defensive Brilliance Takes Center Stage

Florida A&M’s defensive unit orchestrated a masterclass, holding the Oaklanders to a mere 171 total yards. The Rattlers asserted their dominance by restricting both the passing and rushing game, allowing only 139 yards through the air and a mere 32 on the ground. Defensive standouts, led by Deco Wilson with five tackles, one interception, and a defensive touchdown, ensured that the Oaklanders found little room to maneuver. James Ash contributed with an interception, and Johnny Chaney Jr. added four tackles, 1.0 TFL, and a crucial sack.

Ground Game Dominance

Terrell Jennings led the Rattlers’ ground assault, amassing 53 yards with an impressive 6.6 yards per carry, while Kevin Sawyer Jr. contributed 37 yards with a remarkable 9.2 yards per carry. Nicholas Dixon chipped in with two catches for 25 yards, adding versatility to Florida A&M’s offensive display.

Game-Changing Moments

Florida A&M seized control early, scoring with just 16 seconds left in the first quarter to establish a 7-0 lead. A relentless offensive effort and a stellar defensive showcase allowed the Rattlers to extend their lead to 21-0. The dominance continued, with another touchdown at 1:02 left in the third quarter, solidifying the 28-0 victory.

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Statistical Highlights

Florida A&M outpaced Lincoln (Ca.) with 236 total yards compared to 171, including a commanding 141-32 advantage in rushing yards. The Rattlers won the turnover battle, securing two interceptions while surrendering the ball only once. Notably, they showcased a flawless red-zone defense, allowing zero points in two trips.

In a game marked by defensive prowess, offensive efficiency, and strategic dominance, Florida A&M’s resounding victory underscored their status as a force to be reckoned with in collegiate football. With an unyielding home winning streak and a standout defensive performance, the Rattlers are poised for continued success on the gridiron.**

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