Bethune Cookman falls to Alabama State, 37-22

Courtesy of Bryce Hoynoski, Bethune Cookman Atheltics

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla..  – For the second consecutive wee, the Wildcats entered the half on top but could not hold on as they fell, 37-22 to Alabama State, Saturday night at Daytona Stadium.

How It Happened

The Wildcats (2-7, 2-4 SWAC) kicked off to open the evening, and Alabama State (6-3, 4-2 SWAC)  quickly cracked the scoreboard with a 15-yard rushing touchdown that made it 7-0.

After an unsuccessful drive of their own, the Wildcats were able to stop the Hornets short as Darnell Deas found his way in front of the ASU field goal attempt for the block.

THe WIldcats evening thing up with three minutes in the first quarter with a seven-play, 62 yard drive capped off by an Que’Shaun Byrd 10-yard rushing score.

As the first quarter came to a close, the Wildcats took the lead at 9-7 as the Alabama State snap soared out of the back of the endzone for a safety.

B-CU padded its lead with another impressive drive extending 12 plays and 69 yards. Jalon Jones juked a Hornets defender and spun his way into the endzone to make it 16-7 early in the second half.

Back-to-back drives ended in field goals for the Hornets as they trimmed the B-CU lead to 16-13. Alabama State took the lead on a 70-yard punt return touchdown,

The Wildcats jumped in front once again as Jones found his tight end, Kemari Averett, to make it 22-20, but that would be all as the Wildcats offense went silent for the remainder of the night.

The Hornets poured on 17 unanswered points for the 37-22 victory.


  • TreSean Smith led the Wildcats with 13 total tackles, 6 solo, with a tackle for loss and a sack Saturday night. 
  • Que’Shaun Byrd continued his tear through SWAC play with another 100-yard game. On 20 carries, he chipped in 102 yards on the ground with a touchdown – his ninth of the season. He also caught five passes for 35 yards.
  • TE Kemari Averett has caught a pass in every game since joining the Wildcats. He extends his streak to 20 games with five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown today – his fifth this season. He has found the endzone in back-to-back contests. 
  • Alabama State punted only once.
  • The Wildcats took 11 penalties for 110 yards.
  • B-CU converted on 10 of 15 third-downs.

Up Next

The Wildcats will round up their road schedule next week as they head to Lorman, Miss. to take on the Braves of Alcorn State. Kickoff is set for Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. EST

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Next Game:
at Alcorn State University
11/12/2022 | 3 p.m.

Team Statistics

Game StatsASUBCU
Total Yards367364
Pass Yards180191
Rushing Yards187173
Penalty Yards3-1911-110
1st Downs2221
3rd Downs5-1010-15
4th Downs0-00-0
ASU13:31 – ASU – Davis,Dematrius 15 yd run (John,Jaydon kick), 4 plays, 52 yards, TOP 01:1870
BCU03:16 – BCU – Byrd,Que’Shaun 10 yd run (Moghaddam,Dylan kick), 7 plays, 62 yards, TOP 02:2977
BCU01:39 – BCU – 0 yd safety79
BCU11:02 – BCU – Jones,Jalon 13 yd run (Moghaddam,Dylan kick), 12 plays, 69 yards, TOP 05:37716
ASU03:11 – ASU – John,Jaydon 19 yd field goal 15 plays, 65 yards, TOP 07:511016
ASU09:32 – ASU – John,Jaydon 38 yd field goal 8 plays, 42 yards, TOP 03:541316
ASU08:16 – ASU – Dunn,Santo 70 yd punt return (John,Jaydon kick)2016
BCU03:44 – BCU – Averett,Kemari 6 yd pass from Jones,Jalon ( ) 9 plays, 29 yards, TOP 04:212022
ASU00:55 – ASU – Hixon,Jeremiah 32 yd pass from Davis,Dematrius (John,Jaydon kick) 5 plays, 64 yards, TOP 02:422722
ASU14:45 – ASU – Davis,Dematrius 26 yd run (John,Jaydon kick), 3 plays, 54 yards, TOP 01:103422
ASU06:52 – ASU – John,Jaydon 24 yd field goal 8 plays, 46 yards, TOP 03:433722

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