Greensboro, N.C. (Oct. 19, 2013) --- Delaware State held North Carolina A&T to 102 total yards in a 12-7 victory at Aggie Stadium this afternoon. The Hornets won their second straight game to improve to 3-4 overall and 3-1 in the MEAC. The Aggies dropped their third straight to fall to 3-3 and 1-3.
The DSU defense limited NCA&T to 35 yards rushing and 67 yards through the air. The Hornets have allowed a total of 50 yards rushing in the last two games. Norfolk State netted 15 yards rushing in a 14-7 loss to the Hornets last week.
North Carolina A&T was one-for-14 on third down conversions in the contest.
“I’m really proud of our effort today, especially the defense,” said Delaware State head coach Kermit Blount. “Our defensive execution was outstanding; and everyone played with a great deal of intensity.”
The defensive effort was particularly impressive considering the Hornets played without leading tackler Davon Moore, who sat out the game due to a knee injury.
“Terrick Colston did a nice job filling in for Moore at free safety; and everyone else stepped up on the defense,” Blount said. “Our offense moved the ball well between the 30s, but we couldn’t finish a few times. The drive right before halftime and the long third quarter march were high points for the offense.”
The Hornets narrowly missed their second straight shutout against North Carolina A&T when the Aggies scored a touchdown on a seven-yard pass from Lewis Kindle to Desmond Lawrence to cut DSU’s lead to 12-7 with 1:57 left to play.
The Aggies attempted an onsides kick following the score, but Hornet linebacker Ernest Adjei recovered the kick at the A&T 47 to seal the win.
Delaware State opened the scoring on a 37-yard Mitchell Ward field goal to cap an eight-play, 61-yard drive on its first possession of the game. The big play in the drive was a 43-yard pass from Cory Murphy to Milton Williams III on the Hornets’ first play from scrimmage.
The Hornets used their “two-minute” offense to stretch the lead at right before halftime. Ward capped off a 10-play, 38-yard drive with a career-best 43-yard field goal as the first half clock expired to give DSU a 6-0 lead at the break.
Delaware State put together an impressive third quarter drive to widen its lead. Lamar Shaw put the finishing touch on a 15-play, 70-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to give the Hornets a 12-0 lead with 5:12 left in the third quarter. The six-minute-39 second drive featured five first downs, including a 21-yard pass from Murphy to Robert King to the NCAT 43. The Hornets converted a fourth down on a three-yard run by Lamar Shaw to the Aggie 19 yard line during the march. DSU failed on a two-point pass following the touchdown.
Adjei led the DSU defense with six tackles, including two behind the line-of-scrimmage. Cory Scott had five tackles, all solo; while cornerback Cameron Judge had four tackles and his second career interception.
DSU quarterback Cory Murphy completed 16-of-30 passes for 180 yards. He also rushed for 29 yards.
The Hornets return to action on Sat. Oct. 26 at Hampton. Game time is 1:00 p.m. DSU returns home Nov. 2 to face Howard. Kick-off is 2:00 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.