The site of Super Bowl 2014 is no stranger to VSU, which has taken part in the New York Urban League’s Whitney Young Classic showcase a number of times against various opponents. The Trojans returned to Met Life Stadium this weekend to take on Benedict College, a team Virginia State defeated last season, but this year, in this venue, Benedict was ready to play and went on to hand VSU their first loss of the young season 30 – 14. Meanwhile, Virginia Union played it’s home opener at Hovey Field on Saturday, falling to 0 – 2 with a 33 – 21 loss to the Bears of Shaw University. The Panthers aim for their first win next weekend when they host Fayetteville State, while VSU welcomes Kentucky State to Roger’s Stadium for a 4pm clash on the Hill.
In the MEAC, it’s been a tough go for both Hampton and Norfolk State so far in 2013 as both went into the weekend at 0- 2. The Spartans opened with two tough opponents in Maine and Rutgers, so indeed, they deserved the weekend off before they host the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern University this Saturday. Unfortunately, the trend continued for Hampton this weekend as the Pirates were handed a 30 – 27 loss to the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech. Hampton hits the road next Saturday for a date with Coastal Carolina.
In the ACC, the Virginia Cavaliers are 1 – 1, and despite the crushing loss to Oregon, they still have a chance to make some noise in the conference this season. With a tune-up this Saturday against VMI in Charlottesville, before a really challenging road game at Pittsburgh, the Wahoos hope to regain some momentum as the season moves along. In Blacksburg, the Hokies of Virginia Tech returned home after a hard-fought 15 – 10 road victory over the Pirates of East Carolina. Tech is now 2 – 1 with a home date this Saturday against Marshall.
After an exciting 34 – 0 rout of VMI in their season opener, the University of Richmond lost it’s second straight game on Saturday at Gardner-Webb, 12 – 10. The Spiders are now 1 – 2 with Liberty University visiting the Capital City this Saturday.