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Redshirt freshman quarterback Quentin Williams accounted for three of Bethune-Cookman’s four touchdowns and led the Wildcats to a 28-12 homecoming victory over North Carolina A&T at a sold out Municipal Stadium on Saturday.  Williams finished the afternoon with a game high 111 yards rushing and 128 yards passing. 

The Aggies struck first on the scoreboard when quarterback Lewis Kindle hit Marquis Gorham on a 24 yard touchdown strike but the Aggies failed to convert the PAT.  BCU responded on their next possession with a 5 play 60 yard drive which culminated in a Isidore Jackson 1 yard TD run.

The Wildcats stretched the lead to 14-6 after Quentin Williams scored his first rushing touchdown of the afternoon with 10:57 remaining in the 2nd quarter.  Zach Cimaglia’s 38 yard FG cut the BCU lead to 5 points just before half.

NCA&T’s first score of the second half came after a controversial 5th down play.  The Wildcat defense appeared to hold the Aggies on a 4th and short.  The officials called for a measurement and it seemed that the referee signaled the Aggies were held just short.  NCA&T was also flagged for an illegal procedure on the play.  But instead of BCU taking over on downs, the officials marked off the 5 yard penalty which effectively gave the Aggies a 5th down.  Cimaglia converted a 36 yard field goal on the next play which cut the Wildcat lead to 2 (14-12).

Rodney Scott scored on a 6 yard screen pass from Quentin Williams to push the Wildcat lead to 21-12 and Williams accentuated the best performance of his young college career with a 31 yard scoring run with 55 seconds left in the contest.

Give it up for the defense

The Wildcat defense, who gave up 257 yards rushing against Hampton a week ago, limited the Aggies to 47 yards rushing on 29 attempts (1.6 yards per rush).  Mike Mayhew, North Carolina A&T’s all-time leading rusher, gained only 35 yards on 13 carries.

Two of the Aggies three scoring drives covered less than 20 yards (9 plays 10 yards and 6 plays 19 yards) and the Wildcats forced three NCA&T interceptions including two in the endzone.

“I feel good because this team played with passion.  They came out and played passionate football” an energetic Brian Jenkins declared after the game.   

The Wildcats are off next week.  BCU resumes play against defending conference champion Norfolk State on October 20th in Daytona Beach.

Team Stat Comparison

 
 

NCAT

 

COOK

1st Downs 8 18
Total Yards 163 310
Passing 116 128
Rushing 47 182
Penalties 6-32 7-60
3rd Down Conversions 3-13 9-16
4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-3
Turnovers 3 2
Possession 25:55 34:05
 

Passing Leaders

 
North Carolina A&T C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Kindle 8/19 116 6.1 1 3
 
Bethune-Cookman C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Williams 11/19 128 6.7 1 0
 

Rushing Leaders

 
North Carolina A&T CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Mayhew 13 35 2.7 0 9
Lewis 11 11 1.0 0 6
 
Bethune-Cookman CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Williams 17 111 6.5 2 41
Jackson 14 78 5.6 1 40
 

Receiving Leaders

 
North Carolina A&T REC YDS AVG TD LG
Gorham 3 60 20.0 1 27
Webb 2 36 18.0 0 26
 
Bethune-Cookman REC YDS AVG TD LG
Cleckley 2 31 15.5 0 18
Jackson 1 27 27.0 0 27

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER NCAT COOK

 TD 10:18 Marquis Gorham 24 Yd Pass From Lewis Kindle (Pat Failed)  6 0

 TD 08:02 Isidore Jackson 1 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)  6 7

SECOND QUARTER NCAT COOK

 TD 10:57 Quentin Williams 5 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)  6 14

 FG 00:31 Zach Cimaglia 38 Yd  9 14

THIRD QUARTER NCAT COOK

 FG 12:05 Zach Cimaglia 36 Yd  12 14

 TD 02:56 Rodney Scott 6 Yd Pass From Quentin Williams (Sven Hurd Kick)  12 21

FOURTH QUARTER NCAT COOK

 TD 00:55 Quentin Williams 31 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick)  12 28

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