Oct. 20, 2012
RALEIGH, NC – In a game of must-win for Fayetteville State, the Broncos offense stalled as Saint Augustine’s University (5-3 overall, 3-2 CIAA) can now celebrate their Homecoming with a 34-28 triple overtime victory. The Broncos (1-7 overall, 0-5 CIAA) had the final possession but couldn’t get past the 20-yard line. The third-time is not the charm for FSU; as it missed three opportunities to win the game. Colon Bailey (junior – Manteo, NC) set a career best of 220 yards rushing from 37 carries.
The game plan for the Broncos was simple; give the ball to Bailey. The junior tailback had 11 touches in the first half for 48 yards. His longest scamper before intermission was for 21 yards. FSU continued to stick with what worked, by giving Bailey and additional 26 carries after halftime. He increased his longest to 30 yards. The 220-yard feat was close to setting an institutional record as a game-high. The plateau is 265 yards; which was set in 1993 by Clifton Davis.
Andres Hudson (senior – Philadelphia, PA) finished 22-of-35 for 201 yards of passing. Antonio Allen (junior – Raleigh, NC) pulled in four passes for 53 yards while Christopher Hubert (freshman – Apex, NC) had four for 50 yards. Simeon Marshall (junior – Jacksonville, NC) led the defense with nine tackles. Michael Johnson (sophomore – Raleigh, NC) had the only interception of the game with a 19-yard return.
For most of the game, Fayetteville State did everything right. The defense held the Falcons running game to 96 yards and kept the SAU total offense (69 plays for 332 yards) from producing more yards than it. The Broncos completed 22-of-35 passes for 201 yards. The run game slashed through the defense for 264 yards. FSU had a total of 95 plays for 465 yards.
Fayetteville State was unsuccessful with putting the Falcons away in the bottom half of the fourth quarter. The special teams unit missed two field goal attempts. The first was at the 6:40 mark when the ball sailed 45 yards and wide right. The second was with three seconds left in regulation. From 25 yards away, the kick went wide left.
In the third and final overtime period, FSU had the choice of who gets the possession first. Since the Falcons offense was just on the field, the Broncos forced them to remain and attempted to play it to their favor.
Saint Augustine’s Davonte Tolliver ate up six yards on the Falcons second play to take SAU to the FSU-19. Teddy Bacote connected with Christopher Dalton to get even closer with a 12-yard play. Tolliver followed with a seven-yard run to up Saint Augustine’s with the apparent winning score of 34-28.
Fayetteville State, facing its third chance of winning the game, put the ball in Colon Bailey’s hand. His first attempt carried the Broncos from the 25-yard line to the 17. A missed assignment stopped the ball at the 20 and left five yards needed for a first down.
Two incomplete passes later, the Falcons rushed the field to spark the post-game celebrations.
Saint Augustine’s won the coin toss for the first overtime period and put its faith in its defense. With the first possession, the Falcons chopped away the 25 yards in seven plays. Rowdy Batchelor entered the endzone for the up-ward arms of the officials and a 21-14 lead.
The Falcons defense seemed to do its job on the Broncos possession. After a 10-yard offensive holding penalty, SAU sacked Andreas Hudson for a loss of eight yards and put the ball on the 41-yard line. Facing 3rd-and-26, Hudson found Antonio Allen for 26 yards and Chris Hubert for eight to place the ball on the seven-yard line. To send the game into double-overtime at 21-21, Hudson hit Xavier Molina-Williams for a five-yard score.
The conditions had switched for the second overtime period, giving FSU the first possession. Bailey’s number was called after Hudson threw two passes for 14 yards to reach the eight-yard line. Three rushes later, Bailey put FSU was on top 28-21.
In the bottom of the second overtime, Saint Augustine’s caught a break after a pass interference call that placed the ball on the one-yard line and a 1st-and-goal situation. Three plays later, Roderick Davenport entered the endzone for a 28-all tie.
In the second half of regulation, Fayetteville State was the first to put points on the board. During the Broncos second drive, Colon Bailey moved the ball five times for 33 yards. Andreas Hudson connected with Chris Hubert for 24 yards and Anthony Duran for 11. Bailey walked the ball into the endzone with a one-yard carry and the 7-0 lead. The total drive was nine plays for 71 yards.
Saint Augustine’s responded to the score with one of their own on the pursuing drive. The Falcons drove 69 yards with nine plays in a little over three minutes. Jermaine Jones recovered a Tyron Laughinghouse fumble on the FSU one-yard line and continued it for the touchdown and a tied game at 7-7.
To close out the third quarter, FSU capitalized on a SAU roughing the kicker penalty for a fresh set of downs. On a drive that started on its own 11-yard line, the Broncos preceded the length of the field to one-up the Falcons on the scoreboard. Hudson completed four-of-six passes for 32 yards on the drive. He then pounded the ball up the middle for a one-yard score. The touchdown was at the 12:19 mark of the fourth quarter and a 14-7 lead.
The Falcon Homecoming atmosphere bestowed life to its home team. Energized by the crowd, SAU drove another nine plays to tie the game at 14-a-piece. Teddy Bacote connected with Laughinghouse for the 21-yard score. The drive lasted 2:35 and stretched 61 yards.
Although a stalemate at intermission, the Broncos moved the ball better than the Falcons. FSU produced 112 yards of total offense on 33 plays. Hudson was 6-of-13 in pass completions for 58 yards. The ground game had 54 yards on 20 carries. Colon Bailey had a net 48 of those yards.
The Broncos defense held Saint Augustine’s to less than half of its total offense. The Falcons finished the first half with 52 yards on 25 plays. The running game had 27 yards on 15 carries while QB Teddy Bacote completed half of his ten passes for 25 yards. Laughinghouse pulled in three passes for 19 yards.