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Two HBCU programs took significant steps forward this weekend while facing FBS teams. One won, and the other didn't. No one cares about moral victories, but Jackson State had Louisiana-Monroe on the ropes until the final quarter and came up 5 points short of an upset.

What we have learned from this weekend's FBS versus FCS slate of games, is that Eric Dooley's and Deion Sanders' programs are starting to close the gap that has existed for too long. Prairie View and Jackson State's defensive units kept the games from getting out of hand.
Houston Baptist took a 21-20 first-quarter lead, then Prairie View's defense made the adjustments.

Desmond Young's pick-six late in the fourth quarter helped to seal the contest for the Panthers. Comparatively, the Tiger's Aubrey Miller led the Tiger's defense with 12 tackles. Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman's unit's speed and strength neutralized Warhawks offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez's quick-strike offense. ULM was never comfortable and never found the endzone that evening because of the JSU defense.

Deion Sanders remarked on the game, "I wanted to win." PV's 37-27 victory and JSU's 12-7 close defeat were learning experiences and wake-up calls for the FBS schools.
The past year's recruiting efforts have HBCU football squads are loaded with talented young men. With this weekend's showings, high-school athletes are taking notice of Sanders' and Dooley's programs. #hbcu #hbcusports
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