In the 2013 installment of the Biker Classic, #17 Bethune-Cookman scored 28 unanswered points in the first half en route to a 48-21 win over Savannah State Saturday at Municipal Stadium. The Cats (6-1, 3-0 MEAC) employed a heavy rushing attack, as 273 of their 465 total yards came via the ground. Leading B-CU’s potent rushing offense was the two headed monster of Isidore Jackson and Cary Williams, who accounted for 125 yards and 5TD’s, all through three quarters.
“We just rotated our backs as normal and those guys performed and did some good things, head coach Brian Jenkins said. I’m very pleased with our production and anytime you have a coach like Autry Denson, coaching and preparing them, you know you are gonna get productivity out of them without a doubt.”
Quarterback Quentin Williams played an efficient game, going 10-14 for 143 yards and a touchdown. Leading the Wildcats receiving corps was wide receiver Jhomo Gordon, who hauled in two passes for 47 yards.
Defensively, the Wildcats’ 4th ranked defense (FCS), which played an exceptional first half, limiting SSU to 151 total yards, was gashed in the second half. The Cats surrendered 253 yards offense, 208 of which came from the arm of SSU quarterback Antonio Bostic. For the game, SSU gained 404 yards of total offense, becoming the second school to eclipse the 400 yard mark on the Wildcat defense this season (Florida State-465).
“I think the first half speaks the tale of the game, said Jenkins. We played a lot of down the line guys in the second half. In the third quarter we had five walk-ons on the field at one time. Against that unit they were able to complete some balls and make some runs they wouldn’t have normally gotten against our first line guys.”
Pacing the Wildcats defense was LeBrandon Richardson with 8 total tackles (4 for loss), two sacks and a forced fumble. Senior Jarkevis Fields also chipped in with 7 total tackles and an interception.
For the Tigers (1-7, 0-4), they were paced by senior quarterback Antonio Bostic, who recovered from a lackluster first half to go 17-36 for 202 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and two interceptions. Wide receiver Simon Heyward was the primary recipient of those passes, catching 3 for 113 yards and a TD, which came from a 76 yard post pattern.
With the win, Bethune-Cookman improves to 6-1 overall and moves into a two way tie for first place with South Carolina State. When asked about the homecoming matchup next week that features two Top 10 defenses in FCS, Jenkins simply said this.
“You have to be excited when you have two top caliber teams being able to play each other in a homecoming environment.”
Homecoming festivities officially begin tomorrow and will culminate with the 4:00pm game against South Carolina State which is being billed by some as the de facto MEAC Championship game.
“All I’m gonna say is this; it’s gonna be a star-studded event and I wouldn’t miss it, Jenkins said. It’s gonna be a standing room only event.”