2010 Playoffs: New Hampshire 45, Bethune-Cookman 20
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As No. 12/12 Bethune-Cookman prepares for its Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoff game this upcoming weekend against No. 11/11 Coastal Carolina, each day BCUathletics.com will revisit a former playoff game throughout the history of the Bethune-Cookman football program.
The four-part series continues with the 2010 playoff game – the first FCS Playoff appearance for head coach Brian Jenkins.
After an injury sidelined starting quarterback Matt Johnson in the Florida Classic, first-year head coach Brian Jenkins and the Wildcats elected to go with freshman Jackie Wilson under center in the playoffs. It was the first playoff appearance for Bethune-Cookman since 2003, and the second consecutive time hosting a home postseason contest in school history. The game might have ended in a losing effort for the Cats, but it set the stage for what Jenkins and his staff had in store for the future of the Maroon and Gold program.
The B-CU Wildcats wrapped up an outstanding 2010 season on Saturday, playing in the first B-CU playoff game since the 2003 at-large bid. B-CU kept it tight with New Hampshire in the first half, carrying a tie into the locker room at 14-all. UNH scored on four straight possessions to build a significant lead over B-CU, extending it into a 45-20 UNH win at Municipal Stadium.
Though B-CU initially stormed down the field on their first possession, UNH was first to put one on the board, scoring the first touchdown at 10:40 in the first quarter, gaining possession off an interception. UNH scored once more in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead.
B-CU took firm control of the second quarter, shutting out UNH, and putting consecutive scores on the scoreboard, starting with a 53-yard pass from quarterback Jackie Wilson to Courtney Keith. Just minutes later, Dion Hanks shut down a UNH drive with an interception deep in B-CU territory. With Wilson manning the offense, the Wildcats put in a nine-play, 75-yard drive to tie it up, capped off by a 10-yard TD pass from Wilson to Isidore Jackson.
Though B-CU carried a lot of momentum into the half, with a fired up gold-clad crowd on hand, UNH came out firing and marched downfield 60 yards to score in nine plays. B-CU had no answer offensively in the second half, as UNH scored on four consecutive possessions to take a 42-14 lead.
Both teams scored late, as B-CU halted a UNH drive late, holding them to just a field goal, and then taking the ensuing possession downfield 64 yards in just two minutes to put in the final score of the 2010 season with an eight-yard pass from Wilson to Eddie Poole.
"Offensively, we were a little handicapped. We didn't make the plays that we normally make," said Head Coach Brian Jenkins. "We still made enough plays to keep us in it."
Turnovers played a huge factor in the outcome, but not in B-CU's favor as has been the norm. The Wildcats led the nation wire to wire in the category of turnover margin. However, in today's game, B-CU gave up the ball three times and only took it back once. On that takeaway, the Wildcats marched quickly to a score.
"We turned the ball over and they capitalized on it," said Jenkins. "They wore us down and ended up coming away with the victory."
The loss moves the Wildcats to 0-3 in the Division I playoffs and keeps intact the last MEAC Playoff win, which was Florida A&M, defeating Troy in the 1999 quarterfinal.
The loss also wraps up the season for Bethune-Cookman, an outstanding and record-breaking year in which first-year Head Coach Brian Jenkins led the Wildcats to the most consecutive wins in school history and guided them to only the third NCAA FCS Playoff bid in school history.
Wilson led the Wildcats in his first start in the Maroon and Gold, completing 16 of 32 passes for 192 yards, with a career high of three touchdowns, but also two interceptions. The Wildcats spread the rushing game around, but Andronicus Lovette proved most dangerous, averaging 11.8 yards per carry with 59 yards on five carries.
In the receiving corps, JeVaughn Reams came up just shy of the century mark, hauling in four passes for 91 yards, including some of the most outstanding catches of the day; Reams made several plays when it truly counted for the Wildcats in his final game at Municipal Stadium. Courtney Keith caught three passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Reggie Sandilands topped the team, collecting ten tackles, including eight solo grabs and two tackles for loss. Ryan Davis and Jarkevis Fields each collected eight tackles apiece, with Davis also forcing a fumble.
"When we started this season out everybody counted us out; nowhere in the picture, and we ended up at the top of the conference and one of 16 teams left fighting for the National Championship," noted Jenkins of the 2010 success. "I think our players have something to hold our heads high about...It will be great things to come."
Though 2010 is in the books, under the focus of Head Coach Jenkins, the team is already moving forward, and it's time to look forward to the next season, as the Wildcats gear up for spring football, sooner than it seems, and Jenkins puts in his first recruiting class on a full recruiting year.
1 2 3 4 F Record
New Hampshire 14 0 21 10 45 8-5
Bethune-Cookman 0 14 0 6 20 10-2
1st 6:20 UNH – Jellison 5 yd. run (MacArthur kick) UNH 7, B-CU 0
8 plays, 44 yards, 2:57 TOP
2:44 UNH – Jellison 9 yd. run (MacArthur kick) UNH 14, B-CU 0
4 plays, 40 yards, 1:57 TOP
2nd 13:50 B-CU – Keith 53 yd. pass from Wilson (Kowalski kick) UNH 14, B-CU 7
4 plays, 53 yards, 1:21 TOP
3:51 B-CU – Jackson 10 yd. pass from Wilson (Kowalski kick) B-CU 14, UNH 14
9 plays, 75 yards, 4:21 TOP
3rd 10:45 UNH – Orlando 5 yd. pass from Decker (MacArthur kick) UNH 21, B-CU 14
9 plays, 60 yards, 4:07 TOP
5:25 UNH – Chandler 63 yd. pass from Decker (MacArthur kick) UNH 28, B-CU 14
5 plays, 96 yards, 2:03 TOP
00:58 UNH – Fox 14 yd. pass from Decker (MacArthur kick) UNH 35, B-CU 14
9 plays, 63 yards, 1:55 TOP
4th 8:41 UNH – Setian 5 yd. run (MacArthur kick) UNH 42, B-CU 14
10 plays, 57 yards, 4:13 TOP
2:10 UNH – DeLago 30 yd. field goal UNH 45, B-CU 14
7 plays, 9 yards, 3:50 TOP
0:0:00 B-CU – Poole 8 yd. pass from Wilson UNH 45, B-CU 20
9 plays, 64 yards, 2:04 TOP
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