NCCU vs. St. Aug's – footbal
St. Aug's coach Michael Costa didn't want his starting QB revealed during the week, but it's redshirt sophomore A.J. Gilford beating out last season's backup Alex Munro. Costa said Gilford established himself during training camp.
Eagles defer possession till second half. Falcons in shotgun and come out throwing. Falcons moving before WR Brian Richards is called for unsportsmanlike conduct for trash talking after getting a 22-yard first down. Ball goes back 15 yards. He'd run some serious wind sprints on Monday. Gilford runs ball on 3rd down and slides before getting a first down by a yard. St. Aug's punting. Makes that Richards penalty even more costly. Falcons were at NCCU's 32.
NCCU QB Jordan Reid overthrows receiver and ball is intercepted by Dominique Marsh. Falcons start at Eagles 49 with 8:22 left in 1st Q.Falcons can't capitalize. Forced to punt. Eagles take over at own 20.
Eagles only advance 3 yards after a series of penalties and incomplete passes. Falcons take over at own 41. SAC has had excellent field position but hasn't been able to capitalize. And they didn't this time either. An Eagles pass rush forces Gilford to overthrow an open Jermaine Jones. NCCU takes over at own 24.
Eagles using a hurry-up offense. Working against Falcons defense. Idreis Augustus runs for 15 yards. Eagles at the 32. Reid hits Marvin Poole for 12 yds on third down. Eagles at 20. Now at 12. Going for it on 4th and 2.
End of 1st quarter. Defensive battle, although Falcons had at least 2 opportunities to score. Might regret that by game's end. Aguustus is STOPPED and loses 3 yds. Falcons take over.
Eagles defense says anything you can do, we can too. Falcons stopped at own 20. Eagles take over own 43. Last time these two teams met, NCCU won 6-0. Might be first team scores wins.
Eagles were driving. Had a 4th-and-inches at the Falcons 36. SAC defense stops them again!! NCCU loses 2 yards back to the 38. Falcons take over. SAC gets to NCCU 46 but is stopped.
The defenses are the star of this show. Like two prize fighters who refuse to go down. Still scoreless with 7:14 left in 1st half.
Eagles' turn to punt now. Falcons start at own 24. Across the way, Shaw is leading Charleston, WVa. 27-7. Bears have never defeated Charleston. Would be a big win for the Bears.
Guess what? Yep, Falcons will put almost in end zone so Eagles should get good field position. St. Aug's Alex Tucker is putting on some punting show. Just kicked on 60 yards to put Eagles in own territory.
Falcons can't capitalize either. But do get good field position on punt. Falcons at 1. Davenport breaks away and runs to 50 yd line. QB change. Alex Munro is in the game. I knew coach would be quick on the draw if things weren't going well.
Munro is moving Falcons. Now at Eagles 36 with 33.3 seconds left in half. Now at 31. 4th and 2 with 20.3 seconds. Ooooh, Jermaine Jones just dropped a sure TD pass in the end zone.
Place-kicker Michael Lima misses a 51-yard attempt but is roughed up. After moving cloer to the 36, Lima misses again
Eagles get ball first. Driving from own 26. Back at the hurry up offense. Now at own 49. The hurry up worked in the first half. Reid is taking over this drive with his feet. Eagles at Falcons 15. SAC so busy with secondary coverage, they are leaving him free to run. Reid stopped at 8, 2 yards short of first down. Oleg Parents misses a 25-yard field goal with 7:28. Go figure!
UNC Charlotte defeats Chowan 47-7. Eagles travel to Charlotte next Saturday. Someone just told me the Falcons won't be playing on campus this year. Money shortage to complete bleachers and other stuff. Go figure!
Falcons punt. Eagles at own 34. Running back Kevin Thompson breaks one for 34 yards. At SAC's 32. Touchdown Eagles! Reid hits Lamar Scruggs for 32 yards, but PAT is bobbled. 6-0 Eagles with 3:51 left. First team scores, wins.
Shaw defeats Charleston 44-14. Big, Big win for the Bears. Oh yeah, Gilford started the second half. Touchdown Falcons! Gilford to Herman Reaves for 25 yards. PAT good. SAC leads 7-6 with 2:42 left.
Now, its Eagles time to drop a ball. Scruggs, who caught the TD pass, drops a wide open pass that would have kept NCCU's drive going on third down. Eagles must punt. But defense holds and SAC will punt at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Falcons kicker shanks the punt but a penalty against the Eagles moves the ball from the Falcons 29 to the 44. Falcons defense holds. NCCU punts. Falcons start at 10 with 13:11 left in the game.
Falcons running down the clock but have a big 3-and-14 coming up. Holding on NCCU defense. Falcons at own 48 with another set of downs. Reading some of the comments on chat rooms, fans are asking for Henry Frazier.
What I'm told about the Falcons is they don't want to take out any more loans to finish the landscaping around the stadium. They want alumni to contribute the finish the deal. Falcons may never get back om campus.
Touchdown Falcons. Gilford hits Richards for 6 yds. Then SAC tries for 2 pts but penalty. Will rekick from 20 for a 30-yd PAT try. Bad snap.
13-7 Falcons, 13-7 with 6:18
Eagles driving with 1:43 left. At SAC 16. As badly as they have played, the Eagles could still win it with a TD and 2-pt conversion. How big is that 2-pt attempt by Falcons.
Touchdown Eagles! Reid to Adrian Wilkins for a 2-yd TD. 25 seconds left in game. Eagles look to be going for PAT but could be a fake. PAT good. We are tied up 13-all with 25 seconds left. Can you say OT? It's a shame either team has to lose but it is what it is.
Falcons get the ball first at 25. Touchdown Falcons. Tennessee State over Florida A&M 27-7. Good 20-13. Eagles, you're on the clock.
Touchdown Eagles. Reid runs it in from 4. PAT good. 20-20
Gilford intercepted by freshman Michael Jones at 18. Jones returns it to Eagles 2 but because he didn't score in OT, the ball goes back to the 25 yards line. Eagles at 10.
Eagles win on Parent's 19-yd FG! What a game! What a game!