Sept. 30, 2007
Salisbury, NC - The Broncos traveled to Salisbury, NC Saturday afternoon and spoiled the Blue Bears' homecoming by crushing Livingstone College, 58-20. There was an offensive explosion, which felt long overdue from the Broncos as they put up 505 total yards of offense. FSU earns their first win of the 2007 season and snap a four game losing streak.
Coach Kenny Phillips put senior Jay Autry (Spring Lake, NC) back in at quarterback this week, with junior Bryan Hardy as the backup. Autry, who had an outstanding 2005 season and then slumped in 2006, actually played some wide receiver last week. Showing he knew the offense, Autry got off to a good start; going 78 yards on the Broncos' first possession to take a 7-0 lead on a 13-yard pass to senior Eddie Agans (Jacksonville, NC). The Broncos' special teams blocked a punt for the second straight week, giving the offense field position inside Blue Bears' territory. Freshman tailback Travis Green (Ahoskie, NC) capped off a 39 yard drive with a 21-yard touchdown run, to put FSU up 14-0 going into the second quarter.
The Broncos crossed the endzone four times in the second quarter, and headed to the locker room at halftime with a 42-14 lead. Livingstone was penalized 10 times throughout the game for a loss of 73 yards, and FSU held their offense to 295 yards. Sophomore linebacker Joel Kuvuna (Raleigh, NC) was a terror on defense for the Blue Bears. Kuvuna led the team in tackles with nine, forced two fumbles, and got to the quarterback for two sacks. The Broncos total defensive efforts were responsible for two fumble recoveries, an interception, and four sacks.
Green was the Broncos leading rusher, finishing with 95 yards on 20 attempts and two touchdowns. Autry completed 10 of his 14 pass attempts for 227 yards, 4 touchdowns with one interception. His main target was junior receiver Bobby Wilder
; Wilder pulled in three receptions for 128 yards and a TD.
The victory improves FSU to 1-4 overall, 1-1 in the CIAA, 1-0 in the Western Division. Livingston drops to 0-5 for the season. Next week, the Broncos face the Vikings of Elizabeth City State University at home in Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium. The contest will take place at 6:00 pm.