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Week 9: Grambling QB Devante Kincade throws 6 TDs in 70-0 victory

He had career highs in TD passes and yards in 70-0 victory

Grambling State junior quarterback Devante Kincade had a sensational performance, throwing six touchdown passes and posting a career-high 457 yards in the team’s 70-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Kincade had a tremendous day, connecting on 23 of 26 passes. He hooked up with his favorite receiver Chad Williams for three touchdowns, including one for 70 yards.

This impressive effort by Kincade is just a part of a spectacular overall season. How good has Kincade been this year? Well, no one has been more efficient among FCS quarterbacks. He is the No. 1 quarterback in passing efficiency in the country. He has 190.1 passing efficiency rating.

Kincade has completed 124 of 176 passes for 1,785 yards with 19 touchdowns and just one interception. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder can make all the throws short and long. Williams has been Kincade’s main target. In the Tigers’ win over the Golden Lions, Williams had eight receptions for 236 yards.

The Tigers (5-1 overall, 5-0 in SWAC) have the No. 1 passing attack in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Kincade is the top passer. Williams is the league’s leading receiver with 51 catches for 846 yards and six touchdowns. The Tigers’ passing combination has them on top in the SWAC Western Division. Grambling State owns the SWAC’s longest winning streak, with 14 consecutive victories.

TOP HBCU PERFORMANCES

  • Southern running back Lenard Tillery shattered the SWAC rushing record with 195 yards on 23 carries in the team’s 41-33 win over Alcorn State. Tillery broke the conference’s all-time rushing mark held previously by Destry Wright, who had 4,050 yards. He only needed 112 yards to break the record coming into the game. Tillery now has a career total of 4,132 yards. Tillery also scored three touchdowns.
  • Alabama A&M nipped Alabama State, 42-41, in overtime to win the 75th annual Magic City Classic. Alabama A&M quarterback De’Angelo Ballard was 19 of 35 for 290 yards and two touchdowns. Ballard also had 19 carries for 101 yards.
  • Alabama State linebacker Kourtney Berry had nine total and six solo tackles in a losing effort to Alabama A&M.
  • Running back Khalid Thomas had a game-high 170 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown for Alabama State in the overtime loss to Alabama A&M.
  • Hampton quarterback Jaylian Williamson completed 16 of 27 passes for 271 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in a 28-26 victory over South Carolina State.
  • Running back Tarik Cohen had 17 carries for 145 yards and three touchdowns to lead North Carolina A&T to a 42-17 win over Florida A&M.
  • Albany State defeated Benedict College, 34-7, behind a brilliant effort from quarterback Caleb Edmonds, who threw three touchdown passes and was 21 of 29 passes for 194 yards.
  • Winston-Salem State pulled off a come-from-behind 30-23 victory over Shaw. The Rams were led by running back Kerrion Moore, who had 151 yards on 19 carries. The win puts Winston-Salem State (7-2 overall, 6-0 league) in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship game in Salem, Virginia, on Nov. 12.

    ICYMI:

    The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) will enshrine five players and one coach as a part of its 2017 induction class. The BCFHOF will induct Parnell “Paydirt” Dickinson (Mississippi Valley State), Harold Jackson (Jackson State), Gary “Big Hands” Johnson (Grambling State), Robert Porcher (Tennessee State, South Carolina State), Isiah Robertson (Southern) and head coach Billy Joe (Cheyney, Central State, Florida A&M, Miles College).

The six inductees were chosen from a list of 25 finalists who had been determined by the selection committee. The ceremony for the eighth annual BCFHOF will take place on Feb. 25 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The inductees will be honored at the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 17.

Donald Hunt, a writer for the Philadelphia Tribune, is a longtime ESPN contributor who has covered Historically Black Colleges and Universities.