NCCU vs. St. Aug's football
PUH-lease, no blowout!!
Falcons last won in Durham in 2005 under former coach Michael Costa, who made those infamous words: "Don't schedule us for homecoming, EVER!"
Redshirt junior Naiil Ramadan is the starting quarterback. So far, he's overthrown two receivers. Both 3-and-out for both teams.
Neither offenses can get anything going. 10 minutes into the first quarter. O'Kelly is half empty.
SAU's Linwood Joyner just had a 36-yard punt return run called back for penalty. Falcons are at own 10 instead of NCCU 12.
Falcons forced to punt. Penalties are killers. Could at least have had a shot at a field goal if not for the penalty.
Ramadan is now doing short dump-off passes. Then SAU's Curtis Hardy commits a stupid personal foul for trash talking and puts Eagles at SAU 18. 1:43 left in first quarter. And NCCU makes them pay with a 20-yard TD from Ramadan to EJ Hicks.
First turnover of the game. Eagles recover a called backward pass. At SAU 14.
Touchdown Eagles! Ramadan finds Sherman McLeod for 13 yards. 14-0 with 40 seconds left in first quarter.
End of first quarter.
Ramadan is starting to get his groove. Eagles are rolling. At Falcons 10 yard line. Starting to smell a blowout coming if they score. Touchdown Eagles! McLeod gets his second TD reception. 11:13 left in half.
SAU QB DJ Johnson walks off the field. Looks like a cramp. John Darby III is the backup and is now in the game. 10:51 left in the half.
Johnson is back.
Falcons can't get offense going. 8:20 left in half.
But the defense comes up with a big stop to halt some of NCCU momentum.
Johnson hits WR Desmond Smith for 36 yards. Prettiest pass of the day. Then he misses a wide open receiver for a TD. Running back Jeremiah Miller gets SAU to the 4. Fourth-and-2. Touchdown Falcons. Johnson to Miller for 7 yards. 20-7 with 4:17 left in half. We have a game.
But here come NCCU. At SAU 42 with 3:27 left.
Nope, Falcons defense holds again. Will get the ball back with 2:22 left in half. But Eagles defense holds and gets the ball at SAU 24 with 1:25 left.
NCCU attempts 36 yard FG and it's good with 35 seconds left. 23-7.
Falcons made a run to midfield but Johnson was sacked to end the half. LONG half!! And now an even longer halftime.
Turnovers have been the difference, as neither offense lit up the field. Eagles have 190 yards of total offense; Falcons have 106.
Falcon player is down. It's defensive lineman Terry Warren being carted off the field. Hope it's not serious for the senior. 10:45 left in third.
Second half is a dud. No one has scored with 9:47 left. Only news is Falcons dropping like flies.
NCCU DB Anthony Sherrill picks off Johnson and returns it 38 yards for the score. 30-7 Eagles lead with 8:47 left.
Biggest win in the CIAA this weekend is Shaw's victory over Mars Hill. Conference play starts next week in CIAA. Bears host Chowan.
Falcon's 36-yard FG attempt just short. 3:20 left in third. Game is 2-1/2 hours long.
And in at QB for NCCU is Chauncey Caldwell. And it doesn't take him long to say, Hey, don't forget about me, with a 48-yard TD pass to Tyler Barnes. 37-7 Eagles lead – still in the third.
End of third - FINALLY!
Touchdown Falcons! Johnson to Anthony Berry Jr. for 13 yards. 37-14 with 12:27 left.
In other news, N.C. A&T makes it 15 in a row with a 45-6 win over Gardner-Webb.
NCCU is going to win 51-14 but this game was in no way as lopsided as the score. Falcons are not a bad team. Johnson has a rocket arm. They could do well in the Southern Division. For NCCU, the team travels to South Carolina State for an ESPN game.