Oct. 12, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Fayetteville State put the hammer down in the first half and held a 24-12 lead over Shaw going into intermission. The Broncos (3-3 overall, 2-1 CIAA) increased its lead to 31-12 to open the second half; but watch all of its early success come to a demise as the Bears (3-3 overall, 1-2 CIAA) stunned Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium with a 44-34 comeback victory.
Fayetteville State had a total of five turnovers for the game which contributed to the demise. The Bears picked off four interceptions and returned them for a total of 93 yards. Darnell Evans (Madison, NJ) capped the victory with a returned interception for the final score of the game with 40 seconds left in regulation. Evans had a total of three interceptions for 71 yards and one pick-six.
The Broncos led the game in total offense with 377 yards. Through the air, Jemeryn Jenkins (San Bernardino, CA) led with a total of 303 passing yards with two touchdowns. Colon Bailey, Jr. (Manteo, NC) made his return to the field to lead FSU in rushing with 37 yards. Fayetteville State had a total of 74 rushing yards on 33 attempts. Two rushes ended with a touchdown.
Shaw University returned five kickoffs for 173 yards. The Bears had a total of 350 yards of total offense. The running game accounted for 183 yards while the pass game finished with 167. Marquise Grizzle (Camden, NC) rushed 28 times for 134 yards and one score. Quarterback Quinshon Odom (Lakeland, FL) ran 15 times for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Odom threw the ball 42 times with 20 completions and one touchdown.
Fayetteville State jumped to an early 17-0 lead with 11:57 left in the second quarter. Antonio Mayo (Jacksonville, NC) put the first points on the board with a 27-yard field goal at the 11:05 mark in the first quarter. Jenkins scored the first touchdown at 3:56 with a three-yard run. The four-play scoring drive started with a Michael Johnson (Raleigh, NC) interception (his second of the season) at the Bears 30-yard line; that he returned 12 yards to the 18-yard line. Kwamere Bailey (Manteo, NC) picked off a Bears touchdown attempt for a touchback which led to a second FSU score following the turnover. On the second play following the pick, Jenkins threw a 78-yard touchdown ball to Kasunn Williams (Rocky Mount, NC) for the 17-zip advantage.
Shaw made its way on the scoreboard on their next drive with a 13-play 75-yard scheme. A roughing the passer penalty bailed the Bears out of a 3rd-and-10 situation for a 1st-and-goal on the FSU 10-yard line. Odom threw a nine-yard touchdown to David Jordan (Oxen Hill, MD). After the missed extra-point, Shaw regained possession after a fumble on the kickoff which put the Bears on the FSU 35-yard line. Eight plays later, George Mulumba (Jonesboro, GA) kicked a 27-yard field goal to inch closer on the board, 9-17.
The Broncos responded back on the following possession with a five-play 62-yard scoring drive to extend its lead to 24-9. The score came from a 44-yard connection between Jenkins and Williams.
Kasunn Williams finished with three receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns. His longest was the 78-yard score.
Before time could expire in the first half, Shaw's Mulumba kicked a 30-yard field goal to trail 12-42 at halftime.
Fayetteville State reached its biggest lead of the game (31-12) with its first drive of the second half. The drive, which started on Shaw's 39-yard line, lasted six plays and covered 61 yards. The Broncos recovered from a Shaw's roughing the kicker penalty which set up the four-yard scoring play with a 42-yard pass from Jenkins to Antonio Allen (Raleigh, NC). Marquavis Alston (Rocky Mount, NC) punched the ball in from four yards out.
The momentum then begun to swing towards Shaw after the Bears followed the Broncos score with one of their own. Grizzle capped a nine-play 50-yard drive with a one yard rush for the score.
After the score, Fayetteville State ended its next three possessions with two interceptions and one safety. The two-point safety was from a blocked FSU punt that sailed into the end zone and was recovered by the Broncos.
After the Bears missed a 23-yard field to start the fourth quarter, Fayetteville State made a 35-yard field goal of its own for its final scoring drive of the game.
Down by four points (30-34); Evans returned a kickoff 68 yards to the Broncos 22-yard line which helped Shaw gain its first lead of the game. Odom's rush for nine yards gave the Bears a 37-34 lead with 6:13 left in the game.
Fayetteville State, who is now tied with Saint Augustine's in conference play, will travel to Charlotte, NC next weekend for a 2:00 pm contest with Johnson C. Smith (4-2 overall, 2-2 CIAA). The Broncos will host the Falcons of SAU for its homecoming game on the 26th of this month.
Shaw University will host Livingstone in Durham, NC as the highlight of its homecoming activities.