The Benedict College Tigers knew it would be hard to keep the explosive offense of Miles College contained. The Tigers were successful in the first half, holding the defending SIAC champions to 17 points before the Golden Bears erupted for 33 second-half points to take a 50-7 victory on Saturday.

The loss drops the Tigers to 0-5 on the season and 0-2 in the SIAC. Miles improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the SIAC.

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The Golden Bears gained 602 yards of total offense, including 309 yards on the ground, more than double their season average of 123. Their 293 passing yards was only slightly above their season average of 275.

“They’re a very, very good football team. They’re the strongest team in our conference and probably one of the strongest teams in the country in the NCAA DII football,” said Benedict coach James Woody. “We knew it was going to be a fast-paced game. I thought we played them good for three quarters at some times. In the first half, we were actually in the game, but we kind of ran out of gas late in the third quarter and the turnovers started taking place.”

Benedict had three fumbles in the second half, and all three led to scores for the Golden Bears.

Benedict’s sole score came on a 12-yard pass from Marcus Graham to Mujahid Assad, which cut Miles’ lead to 24-7 with 5:15 left in the third quarter.

The Golden Bears jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and put together a long drive at the start of the second quarter and opted to go for the touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Simeon Kelley snuffed Devonta Parker-Johnson short of the goal line. read more…