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Alcorn’s De’Lance Turner is first HBCU runner to surpass 200 yards this season

Senior adds three touchdowns in the Braves’ 48-31 win over Southern

Alcorn State running back De’Lance Turner finished the Braves’ conference opener with the second-most rushing yards (272) in school history. Turner, who averaged 13.0 yards per carry on 21 carries, had two rushing touchdowns and caught a pass for a score in Alcorn’s 48-31 victory over Southern on Saturday. The senior had the first rushing performance of 200 yards or more for a historically black college or university (HBCU) this season.

Overall, the Braves rushed for 402 yards. Quarterback Lenorris Footman chipped in 70 yards, and the reigning Southwestern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week also threw for two touchdowns.

Top HBCU performances

  • South Carolina State redshirt sophomore DeWann Ford threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-25 passing and ran for two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 33-28 loss to North Carolina Central on Sept. 21.
  • North Carolina A&T’s Franklin McCain followed his two-interception performance last weekend with a three-interception encore in the Aggies’ 49-17 win over Morgan State.
  • Tashad Charity and Jalen Steward each finished with two sacks in Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s 34-27 overtime win against Jackson State.
  • Uriel Hernandez now owns the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) second-longest field goal of the season (42 yards) in Bethune-Cookman’s 28-26 loss to Howard on Sept. 23.
  • Hampton’s Ronald Bell caught 13 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in Hampton’s 30-23 overtime loss to Monmouth.
  • Aqeel Glass threw over-the-shoulder touchdowns of 62 and 61 yards en route to a 337-yard passing day in Alabama A&M’s 30-13 win over Texas Southern. Glass completed 22 of 37 passes.
  • Morgan State’s Brian Gentry hauled in an 83-yard reception, the longest in the MEAC this season, during a three-catch, 95-yard and one-touchdown performance against North Carolina A&T.

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.