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The Virginia Union University Panthers never give up, even after four consecutive defeats to open the season, they pulled out a victory over Livingstone for Union’s first win of the year.  The Panthers are on an official two-game win streak after Saturday’s 28 – 21 CIAA win at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Union now returns to Richmond for Homecoming next Saturday at Hovey Field against Chowan University as VUU improves to 2 -4 following an 0 – 4 start. Panthers showing character in 2013.

The Trojans of Virginia State remained unbeaten at 3 – 0 in CIAA play  and ran their record to 5 – 1 following Saturday’s 51 – 28 rout of Elizabeth City State’s Vikings on the road.  A scary thought for opponents considering the Trojans have a young team, and a new coach, who has guided State to one of their best starts ever in 2013.  Latrell Scott warned his team against overlooking Elizabeth City and staying focused on the “bigger prize”.  The Men Of Troy now return for Homecoming 2013 at Roger’s Stadium against the Bulldogs of Bowie State University, and with a win, VSU could move a step closer to that “prize”, a potential berth in the CIAA Championship game.

In FCS play, the University of Richmond had two weeks to prep for a huge date at James Madison. UR had been ranked in the Top 25 before losing at home to Maine, and went into Harrisonburg with a 2 -3 record.  The Spartans of Norfolk State University had won two straight victories and went into Saturday’s game at Delaware State at 2 – 3.  Not a fun trip to Dover as the Hornets defeat NSU 14 – 7.  The Pirates of Hampton University, 0 – 4 before today, obviously used their week off to improve their team.  HU went into  Greensboro this afternoon and came away with their first win of the season, a 31 – 28 victory over the Aggies of North Carolina A & T.

Former UR Coach Mike London having a tough season in Charlottesville as UVA fell at home to Ball State last weekend, leaving the Cavaliers 2 – 3 facing a tough Maryland squad at College Park.  The Wahoos fall to the Terrapins 27 – 26 on the road, another disappointing loss for a Virginia team that had high expectations at the season’s start. In Blacksburg, the No. 24 ranked Hokies of Virginia Tech continue to impress, reeling off their sixth straight win in a 27 – 17 victory over Pittsburgh today.  Tech cracked the AP Top 25 last week, and should move up after the solid 19 – 9 ACC win at home.