Virginia State knocks off Virginia Union in rivalry match-up

Ettrick, VA (WWBT)- Emotions ran high for Virginia State on Saturday afternoon.  Their homecoming game, senior day and final home game were all mixed into one contest, and it was against arch rival Virginia Union.  The Trojan fans that braved the cold, windy, wet weather at Rogers Stadium were not disappointed.

Virginia State's offense started fast and pulled away early in a 39-14 rout of Virginia Union.  The Trojans started fast, as Antwain Lyde scored on a five yard rush just over three minutes into the game, and would follow it up with a one yard score at the 6:39 mark of the opening frame, making it 14-0 before the Panthers knew what hit them.  On the ensuing drive, Howard Spencer tipped the Cheston Hickman pass, pulled it down for the interception and returned it 57 yards for the touchdown, giving VSU a 22-0 lead after one quarter of play.  VUU would get on the board, but Virginia State would answer again in the second and take a 29-6 lead into halftime.  The second half would see the Trojans cruise to the victory.

Lyde paced the Trojan offense, gaining 92 yards on 26 carries and finding the endzone twice, while Jarred Battle completed 7-of-8 pass attempts for 88 yards and two scores.  Terrence Malone carried the ball 19 times for 56 yards for Virginia Union and scored a touchdown, while Hickman went 13-of-23 with a touchdown pass and three interceptions.  Yards came at a premium for both offenses, as Virginia State finished with 238 yards of total offense, and the Panthers managed just 197.

Virginia State will close out its regular season on Thursday at Gardner-Webb, while Virginia Union hosts Fayetteville State to wrap up its 2011 schedule.

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