Oct. 19, 2013
CHARLOTTE, NC- Fayetteville State (4-3 overall, 3-1 CIAA) stampeded through Johnson C. Smith with 488 offensive yards in their 35-26 win at the Irwin Belk Complex.
Quarterback Derrick Bryant (Carrboro, NC), who had his first career start, threw for 418 yards on 24-of-38 attempts; with three touchdowns. Two Broncos combined for 304 yards. Tavon Gatlin (Virginia Beach, VA) finished with 145 yards with eight receptions and one touchdown. Dwayne Lorrick (Washington, DC) had seven catches for 159 yards and a score. Gatlin hauled in a 68-yard touchdown pass for the longest of the game while Lorrick pulled in a 65-yard mark. Colon Bailey, Jr. (Manteo, NC) scored two rushing touchdowns with a net 40 yards gained.
Johnson C. Smith (4-3 overall, 2-3 CIAA) had 412 yards of total offense. Back-up quarterback Andrew Alexander completed 13-of-20 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. Terrell Hutchison caught seven passes for 95 yards; along with Fred Scott, who also had seven with 92 yards.
The Golden Bulls struggled throughout the game with the Bronco defense. The secondary had a big night; picking off four interceptions. JCSU also failed on two two-point conversion attempts.
Fayetteville State was the first to hit the scoreboard with a 20-yd pass from Bryant to Christopher Hubert (Apex, NC) at 10:14 in the 1st quarter. FSU started the scoring drive with an interception by Kwamere Bailey (Manteo, NC). Bryant converted a 3rd-and-10 situation with an 18-yard strike to Lorrick.
Johnson C. Smith replied back on the following drive with LeAnder Barney's two-yard run. Keahn Wallace put the Golden Bulls in scoring position with a 27-yard pass to Scott on a 3rd-and-15 play. Wallace finished 9-of-16 for 82 yards; but also accounted for two thrown interceptions.
The Broncos answered the response with a three-play scoring drive for 75 yards. Bryant delivered a 65-yard bomb to Lorrick that advanced the Broncos; 14-7.
On FSU's first possession of the second quarter, Colon Bailey, Jr. squeezed in his first touchdown with a two-yard run that energized the Broncos at 21-7. Lorrick and Gatlin had 31 receiving yards each which set-up the score. The drive covered 80 yards in ten plays.
The Golden Bulls scored prior to halftime with Barney's 13-yard rush; but his two-point conversion attempt was foiled which left the score 21-13 with 1:07 left in the half.
Johnson C. Smith moved the chains on their first possession after intermission from the Fayetteville State 41-yard line into the red-zone. Through eight plays, JCSU landed at the FSU five-yard line with a first-and-goal situation. The Bronco defense stood its ground and stopped the Golden Bulls on fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line.
Four plays later with 6:14 left, Bryant successfully found Gatlin streaking down the middle with a 68-yard pass for a 28-13 lead.
Alexander pieced together two scoring drives to bring JCSU with two points of the Broncos; 26-28. He capped a seven play 77-yard scoring drive with a one-yard quarterback keeper with two minutes left in the third quarter. His two-point conversion pass was unsuccessful.
After the Broncos failed on a fourth-and-two conversion, Alexander drove the Golden Bulls 70 yards for a 33-yard scoring play. The quarterback completed the pass to Chris Patterson and Erik Amaya made the PAT kick.
Feeling the pressure of games past, Fayetteville State quickly responded with a 75-yard drive for the winning 35-26 score. Colon Bailey ran the clock and ball 36 of the 75 yards. His final ten yards was for his second TD. Bryant connected with Lorrick for 20 yards and Gatlin for 11 yards on the drive.
The Bronco defense put an end to JCSU's comeback efforts when Michael Johnson snatched his second interception of the game for a touchback. Johnson has now matched last season's performance of four INT's. Courtney Tate led all with ten total tackles and one sack for eight yards.
Fayetteville State will host St. Augustine's for homecoming next weekend in Luther Nick Jeralds Stadium. The Broncos will defend its second place standings against the 3-4 Falcons; who are 2-2 in conference play.