Nov. 2, 2013
SALISBURY, NC - Fayetteville State (6-3 overall, 5-1 CIAA) faced a hungry Livingstone (2-7 overall, 1-6 CIAA) who had nothing to lose on their homecoming. The Broncos scored the first touchdown but trailed 14-17 at halftime. The Blue Bears extended their lead to 24-14 after intermission; but FSU remained in close striking distance, regaining the lead late in the third quarter. Falling behind once again in the fourth, Fayetteville State countered with 3:52 left in the game with a 34-31 lead. The Bronco defense made a game winning stand to stop LC on a fourth-and-seven play to secure the final possession and the victory.
Derek Bryant connected on 17 of his 35 pass attempts for 280 yards and one score. Dwayne Lorrick pulled in five receptions for 105 yards and the touchdown pass. Courtney Tate and Joseph McLean led the game with 16 and 15 tackles; respectfully.
Travis Scales picked off the Blue Bears first pass of the game with a 13-yard return. Four plays later, Colon Bailey walked into the end zone from eight yards out with 12:16 on the clock.
Livingstone drove to the Broncos 28-yard line on the following possession and missed its 45-yard field goal attempt. The Blue Bears evened the score with 5:15 left in the first quarter and went ahead 10-7 with a 33-yard field goal with 1:03 left.
After the Broncos failed on a fourth-and-five to start the second quarter on the Blue Bears 25-yard line, Livingstone moved the ball 75 yards in 17 plays for a 17-7 lead. The scoring play was a 22-yard pass from Drew Powell to Jalen Hendricks.
Fayetteville State responded on the next drive with a one yard rushing score by Derek Bryant. The total movement covered 79 yards in 11 plays.
After the extended homecoming intermission, the Blue Bears moved ahead by ten (24-14) with a 34-yard scoring pass from Powell to Miles Harris.
The Broncos closed the gap (24-21) with 2:33 left in the quarter with a three-yard rush by Andre Montgomery. Rendall Mash recovered a LC fumble on the pursuing possession and FSU took a 27-24 lead on a nine-yard pass from Bryant to Lorrick.
Livingstone bounced back with a two-yard rushing touchdown with 6:51 left in the game.
The Bronco defense forced its seventh fumble on the game and regained possession at the 4:34 mark. Jemeryn Jenkins entered the game at the quarterback position and moved the Broncos 41 yards in three plays for the go-ahead lead (34-31). He rushed into the end zone from eight yards out and 3:52 left in the game.
Fayetteville State will travel to site of the 2013 CIAA Football Championships and play Winston-Salem State for the Southern Divisional Title and the rights to return for the conference crown.