FSU-UNCP Game Notes
The Fayetteville State Broncos football squad will hit the road for the second straight weekend to open the 2012 season on Saturday afternoon against the UNC Pembroke Braves at Grace P. Johnson Stadium in the fourth annual Two Rivers Classic. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
UNC Pembroke has won all of the previous three meetings against the Broncos in a series that began in 2009. The Braves slipped by the Broncos in the inaugural meeting with a touchdown pass deep in the right corner for a 41-34 double-overtime victory in Fayetteville. UNC Pembroke took advantage of FSU in Pembroke in 2010 with a 39-0 win. Last season at Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium, Fayetteville State fell by two field goals 33-27.
The Last Meeting
September 3, 2011
BRONCOS CAN'T HOLD OFF PEMBROKE IN TWO RIVERS CLASSIC
UNC Pembroke managed to overcome a pair of special teams miscues that led to two touchdowns for the Fayetteville State Broncos, but the Broncos' misadventures in their kicking game contributed to their own troubles as the Braves won the Two Rivers Classic for the third time in as many years, 33-27, at Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium on Saturday night.
Both Fayetteville State and UNC Pembroke enter the Two Rivers Classic with identical 0-1 records after dropping their season openers on the road. The Broncos turned the ball over four times in a 54-31 loss at Division I - FCS North Carolina Central on Saturday, while a last-second drive by the Braves came up short in a 28-23 loss at No. 9, and CIAA member, Winston-Salem State.
UNC Pembroke is under the direction of sixth-year head coach Pete Shinnick, who is 35-19 (.648) all-time with the Braves, while Fayetteville State is coached by Kenny Phillips and currently posts a 73-56 all-time record in his 13 seasons with the program.
The Broncos offense was led by both Andreas Hudson (Sr., Philadelphia, PA) and Chauncey Concepcion (So., Charlotte, NC) at quarterback in the opener, as Hudson went 6-of-7 passing for 58 yards and Concepcion 14-of-18 for 141 yards. Running back Tyrel Bryant-Dove (Fr., Fayetteville, NC) rushed for 33 yards on seven carries. Antonio Allen (Jr., Raleigh, NC) had a team-high 68 yards receiving on five catches, while Michael Johnson (So., Clayton, NC) and Simeon Marshall (Jr., Jacksonville, NC) led the Fayetteville State defense with 6.0 tackles each in the opener. Kicker Antonio Mayo (So., Jacksonville, NC) also made his only field goal attempt of the game, which was also his second career field goal attempt.
UNC Pembroke quarterback Luke Charles passed for 281 yards in the opener against Winston-Salem State, while Damonte Terry rushed for 94 yards and Te'vell Williams had 127 yards receiving and two touchdowns on eight catches. Dan Atkins paced the way for the Braves defensively with 10 total tackles.
Single game reserved bench tickets are $20. If available, reserved bench ticket will be sold on game day at the ticket tent. Standing-Room Only tickets ($15) will be available on game day at the ticket tent. Lawn chairs are permitted inside Grace P. Johnson Stadium. Parking Lot 14 located in front of the English E. Jones Center will open 3-1/2 hours prior to kickoff of UNCP Football home games. The cost per parking space is $10. The Caring Touch Parking Lot 24 (located in front of Grace P. Johnson Stadium) requires a pre-distributed parking pass. Disabled parking is available in Caring Touch Parking Lot 24 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fans must display a valid North Carolina State Issued Disabled Parking tag or license plate at all times while parked in disabled space. Parking attendants in the Caring Touch Parking Lot 24 will provide a UNCP Football parking pass to guests with a valid disabled parking tag upon entry to the parking lot. Parking is available in all other campus parking lots at no charge, however, no tailgating or alcohol consumption can take place in these parking lots.
The Broncos open the home portion of their 2012 schedule next Saturday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. against Virginia Union. It will be "Community & Youth Appreciation Day", with ticket prices ranging from $15 to $18.