Sept. 3, 2007
DURHAM, NC - The North Carolina Central University defense held Fayetteville State University to 127 yards passing, forced five turnovers and kept the Broncos scoreless en route to a 17-0 victory Sunday afternoon at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium during the annual Labor Day Classic.
The Broncos' offense only managed to get inside the red zone twice, and neither opportunity led to a score. With Bryan Hardy, last week's starting quarterback, sitting this match-up out with an injury; senior Jay Autry and freshmen Ben Williams both saw action at quarterback. Autry completed 5-of-12 pass attempts for 80 yards with two interceptions; while Williams produced a 5-of-11 for 47 yards passing performance including an interception.
NCCU's senior kicker Brandon Gilbert became the school's all-time leading scorer after two made extra points and a field goal. Gilbert now has 234 career points and a consecutive extra-point kicks streak of 83 in a row.
The Eagles finished with 296 yards of total offense, including 154 yards rushing and 142 yards passing. NCCU's quarterback Stadford Brown led the Eagles on 14-of-22 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns, both caught by receiver Will Scott, who finished with five receptions for 53 yards and those two scores.
Junior linebacker Terrel Allen and sophomore safety Jeff Gowdy were all over the field for the Broncos. Allen finished with 11 tackles (3 tackles for a loss) and Gowdy totaled 10 tackles (five solo).
The Broncos concluded the day with 219 yards of total offense with 92 rushing yards and 127 passing yards. Freshman running back Richard Medlin was FSU's leading rusher with 59 yards on 16 attempts.
Along with the three interceptions thrown by the Broncos' QBs, the Eagles defense also recovered two forced fumbles for a total of five turnovers.
With the victory, North Carolina Central improves to 1-1 for the season; while the Broncos drop to 0-2 and still await their first win. On Saturday, September 15th, FSU travels to Salisbury, NC to face the Catawba College Indians (2-0 this season) at 7:00 pm.