Coming into Saturday's classic, Tuskegee's Aaron Bennett had recorded just eight total tackles in five games this season. Two of those tackles were sacks.
He made up for lost time in the Golden Tigers' win over Morehouse, notching four sacks to lead a defensive effort that gave up its second-lowest point total of the season.
While the offense may get the headlines from the 54-10 win, coach Willie Slater said that it was the defense that played the biggest role in giving his team the victory, putting the offense in good position all game long.
All told, Bennett had seven tackles and four sacks. Marquist Mason added 10 tackles and El'Malik had seven.
The Morehouse offense crossed into Tuskegee territory on only three occasions en route to its lowest point total of the season.
Praising the punter
While the Morehouse offense was stuck in neutral for the majority of the game, its punter found success on a 41-yard fake in the first half.
Trailing 6-0, Morehouse set up for its second punt of the game. Its first had been blocked and taken for a touchdown to give Tuskegee the first points of the ballgame.
Instead of punting from its 27-yard line, Morehouse elected to have punter Temitayo Agoro break free on the left side.
He needed 3 yards for the first down.
Instead, he turned in a 41-yarder that ended up being Morehouse's longest play from scrimmage all day.
The Maroon Tigers appeared to try the fake again late in the game once the result had already been etched in stone.
Agoro faked the pass, though, and instead elected to punt the ball back to Tuskegee.
In mop up time, Tuskegee fans got to catch a glimpse of the team's future at quarterback in freshman Kevin Lacey.
Lacey, who stands at a towering 6-foot-7, showed off his legs in the final minutes of the game, gaining big chunks of yardage on a few occasions.
His first run went for more than 60, but was called back due to a hold. His next try, on the very next play, was a 54-yarder to the Morehouse 3-yard line.
Lacey didn't attempt any passes in the game, but was electric on the ground, totaling 86 yards on only five carries in very limited time.
Tuskegee has had a grueling stretch of games to begin its season, playing six straight on the road. The Classic at Memorial Stadium was its final road game during that stretch, and the team will return home for a game against Stillman College on Oct. 19.
Three of the Golden Tigers' final four regular-season games will be played at Cleve L. Abbott Stadium in Tuskegee, Ala.