Week three in SWAC had teams searching for answers while others notched wins to open up their 2015 season. Alcorn State went into Montgomery looking to continue their dominant play in conference as the defending Swac champs. QB John Gibbs picked up where he left off in December passing for 302 yards and 1 TD. Gibbs also rushed 40 yards and 1 TD also. The Braves trailed early but with Gibbs at the trigger, came back and ran the table as the Braves won 31-14. RB Darren Ragsdale rushed for 2 TD’s to lead the ground game. Coach Brian Jenkins is still searching for his first win as head coach. The Hornets were lead by RB Ellis Richardson who finshed with 46 yards and 1 TD.
Coach Willie Simmons riding a high after defeating rival Texas Southern took his Panthers to San Marcos to take on the FBS Texas State Bobcats. Well, the Panthers fought hard but playing against a bowl team which reflected a 63-24 shallacking. QB Trey Green throw for 289 yards in 2TD’s. WR Demario Landstrap caught 5 balls for 87 yards and 1 TD to lead the Panthers air game. The Bobcats were lead by QB Tyler Jones who threw for 278 yards and 3 TD’s. RB Robert Lowe rushed for 104 and 2 TD’s to lead the Bobcats on the ground.
Coach Monte Coleman welcome the Morehouse Maroon Tigers into Pine Bluff and took a win right of their mouths at the end 29-27. QB Lead Marcus Terrell with 126 passing for 1 TD. It was the Lions ground game which produced 3 TD’s that stabilized the win. Morehouse was lead by QB Montavious Johnson who threw for 247 yards and 4 TD’s.
The GMen returned home to host the Bethune Cookman Wildcats however, the MEAC foe had a surprise awaiting. Eddie Robinson stadium crowd welcomed home the Tigers but the Wildcats QB tandon combined for 463 yards passing and 6 TD’s to lead Bethune to a 56-53 shootout. RB Anthony Jordan scored 2TD’s as well. GSU’S Johnathan Williams passed for 326 and 3TD’s in a losing cause. WR Chad Williams caught 11 balls for 140 yards and 1 TD to lead the Tigers air attack.
Jackson State looked to break into the winning column in Memphis however, Tennesse State had other plans. TSU used a tough defense and some big plays to stifle JSU 35-25. TSU QB Oshay Carter threw for 250 yards and 3TD’s to lead the Tigers. RB Tevin Hooks scored 2 TD’s to lead TSU ground game. WR Patrick Smith had 3 coaches for 103 yards and 1 TD to lead the air game. JSU’S QB Lemontiez Ivy did his part also throwing for 322 yards in 2 TD’S to lead the Blue Bengal Tigers. WR Dan Williams is making a name for himself as he contues to lead JSU with 10 catches for 173 yards but no TD’S.
Coach Darryl Asberry got a much needed win as TSU dominated Divison III Bacone College 63-0. Lead by a barrage of Tigers, Asberry was able to use the game as a warmup as SWAC play begins this week. WR Derrick Griffin will be a beast in SWAC play as his size and talent could cause a problem to smaller opposing players. The win also gave TSU much needed momentum heading in next week’s game at UAPB.