Rushing attack propels @BCUGridiron on Senior Night

IMG_9041Senior running back Anthony Jordan rushed for three fourth quarter touchdowns in his final regular season home game to help Bethune-Cookman push past North Carolina Central 34-20 on Senior Night.

The Wildcats (7-2, 4-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) trailed the Eagles 20-13 heading into the 4th quarter but reeled off 21 unanswered points to secure its 7th win of the season and remain in a four way tie (with SCSU, NCA&T and MSU) for first place in the convoluted MEAC.  Jordan’s game-tying and go-ahead 1-yard scores capped 46 and 77-yard drives. After the BCU defense held NCCU on downs, Jordan broke away for a 30-yard touchdown to seal the contest with 1:33 left.

BCU opened the game’s scoring on a Larry Brihm 6 yard touchdown run at the 1:57 mark in the 1st quarter.

The Wildcat defense managed to hold Central to a couple of 3 and outs and 3 yards of offense on their next two possessions but the Eagle offense finally broke free to knot the game at 7 midway through the 2nd quarter. Deyonta Wright’s runs of 20 and 25 yards set NCCU up at midfield on the drive. Malcolm Bell hit a wide open Quentin Atkinson for a 50 yard score on the 3rd play of the 95 yard scoring drive.

NCCU used a more methodical approach to push the lead to 14-7 on their ensuing possession. The Eagles covered 61 yards in 9 plays and capped the drive on Andre Clarke’s TD run from 3 yards out. The touchdown drive was extended after a roughing the passer call against Bethune on 3rd and 6 near midfield.

The Wildcats narrowed the lead to 14-13 on a 43 yard Michael Jones rushing touchdown up the middle; however, BCU failed to convert the “swinging gate” two-point conversion attempt and found itself trailing by 1.

All-American return man Adrian Wilkins took the ensuing BCU kickoff 91 yards to the BCU 4 yardline. Clark scored his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon 1 play later to stretch Central’s lead to 20-13. BCU’s special teams unit came up with their third blocked extra point in as many weeks to keep the score within 7.

Central held the 7 point advantage heading into the final frame but the 4th quarter belonged to Anthony Jordan and the BCU running game. Jordan scored all 3 BCU 4th quarter touchdowns on rushes of 1, 1 and 30 yards and the Wildcats pulled out its third 4th quarter, come from behind home victory this season. (BCU also trailed Grambling and Florida Tech in the 4th quarter at home this season.)

Michael Jones (117) and Larry Brihm (104) both crossed the 100 yards rushing plataue. Brihm also threw for 119 yards on 12-of-21 passing.

Tavarus Dantzler paced the Cats defensively with 10 total tackles. Ralph Williams added 9 of his own.

BCU outgained NCCU 453 yards to 200 on the night. The Beach Cats also piled up 334 yards rushing bringing back memories of the old Wyattbone days.

Andre Clark scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Malcolm Bell threw for 127 yards and a touchdown for NCCU.

The Wildcats will gear up for a pair of Thursday night ESPNU contests against Norfolk State (Nov 6th) and Hampton (Nov 13th) over the next two weeks and will look to keep pace atop the MEAC standings.

Team Stats NCCU COOK
First Downs 11 20
Total Plays 57 75
Total Yards 200 453
Passing 127 119
Rushing 73 334
Penalties 7 / 85 6 / 52
Possession 24:27 35:33
Turnovers 1 2

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