In the two-and-half-years since I started Gameday, I've seen a lot of eventful weeks. But Week Seven of the 2014 season was a pretty remarkable one by most standards, and the HBCU community will definitely agree.
There were several upsets, especially in the SWAC.
Previously winless Prairie View A&M beat Alabama State 34-24, handing ASU its second-straight loss after a 4-1 start.
An even bigger shocker was Mississippi Valley State's 27-23 win over in-state rival Jackson State. The win was a sweet consolation for Valley head coach Rick Comegy, who was run out of Jackson after winning SWAC East titles in back-to-back seasons. The nail in the coffin was a touchdown pass from Lamontiez Ivy to Joshua Rice, nephew of former Valley legend and NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. Shortly after the loss, JSU fans created and virtually signed a petition to have first-year head coach Harold Jackson removed.
The most important upset of the day also came out of the SWAC as Grambling held off Alcorn State 28-21, handing the SWAC East leader its first conference loss of the season. The win was Grambling's fourth-straight, erasing any doubts as to whether or not the G-Men are for real.
Over in the MEAC, North Carolina Central shocked the HBCU football world with a commanding 48-28 win over South Carolina State. SCSU had only surrendered 17 points in its first two MEAC games, but NCCU showed that it won't be an easy out for teams as it lookst to finish strong in Jerry Mack's first season as head coach.
While it wasn't an upset, Florida A&M's 24-14 over Savannah State was a big one as it took FAMU from the ranks of the winless.
At the D2 level, both Tuskegee and Winston-Salem State continued their winning ways with blowouts. Tuskegee blasted conference rival Morehouse 49-0 while WSSU shutout Johnson C. Smith 37-0 yet fell again in the Division II polls.
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