VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY LYNCHBURG (0-1) at NORTH CAROLINA A&T (1-1)
Date: September 15, 2012
Time: 6 p.m.
Stadium: Aggie Stadium
Series: A&T leads, 5-1
Radio: WNAA 90.1 FM; Campus Radio Station: Spencer Gwynn (play-by-play), Al Swann (color); Billy Covington (color), Mel Swann (halftime host).
CHIT CHAT: There is one of two conclusions one can reach after the North Carolina A&T football team walloped West Virginia State 77-0 last week. Either the Aggies are very good or the Yellow Jackets were very bad. Either way, the Aggies picked up what had to be a huge morale boost as they prepare to take on an extremely challenging MEAC schedule. Before they get there, however, they must take care of business against Virginia University of Lynchburg. The Dragons started playing football again last season after a more than 70 year layoff. Their return last season was met with a 38-7 defeat at the hands of A&T at Aggie Stadium. Despite the lopsided score, the Dragons held their own in the first half, trailing just 10-0 as both teams went into their respective locker rooms. Saturday will be a tough assignment for the Dragons. Under second-year head coach Rod Broadway, the Aggies have won five straight at home while only surrendering an average of 31.3 yards per game.
It's A "Lock": A&T running back Mike Mayhew should eclipse the school's all-time rushing record Saturday. He is just 42 yards shy of breaking Maurice Hicks' 11-year old record. Mayhew is already the Aggies' all-time leader in carries. Going into Saturday's contest, he has carried the ball a school record 588 times. He is on pace to carry the ball more than 700 times in his career, which would exceed the next A&T running back on the all-time list, Stoney Polite, by more than 100 carries.
Potential Gameday Star power: North Carolina A&T: Junior running back Ricky Lewis had three receptions for 100 yards last season against the Dragons as a receiver. On Saturday, he will line up in the backfield and again try to gain 100 yards. Lewis rushed for a career-high 95 yards last week against West Virginia State. He looked awfully graceful has he ran through big hole after big hole. Virginia University of Lynchburg: There is a familiar name on the VUL roster. Former A&T tight end Devon Stewart will be the Dragons starting tight end on Saturday. In 2010, Stewart made 12 receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies. Stewart, a 6-foot-2 Winter Haven, Fla., native, is listed as a junior on the VUL roster.
The Magic Number For A&T: 240: North Carolina A&T scored 240 points at Aggie Stadium in 1991. It is the most points the Aggies have ever scored at home during one season. The Aggies are a third of the way to record already after scoring a school record 77 points last week against West Virginia State. The Aggies hope to put up another big scoring day against VUL Saturday. Plus, the Aggies have the advantage of having six more home games to topple the school's all-time scoring mark at Aggie Stadium. All of the '91 team's scoring led to a MEAC championship.
Fantasy League Pick: If this were a fantasy football league, a solid guy to play would be redshirt junior quarterback Lewis Kindle. A year ago, Kindle had a career day against the Dragons. He threw for a career-high 341 yards and four touchdowns on 14-for-23 passing. Last week, Kindle was 10-for-15 through the air in his season debut.
FROM THE NOTES
Home Sweet Home
A&T has been dominant at home under head coach Rod Broadway. The Aggies are 5-1 at home under Broadway. In those six games, teams are averaging 199.1 yards in total offense and 33.1 yards on the ground. The Aggies have won their last five home games by an average of 31 points. The Aggies' longest home winning streak is 11 games starting on Sept. 28, 1995 and lasting until Sept. 26, 1987.
North Carolina A&T's shutout was of West Virginia State on Saturday was its first in nine years. It also marked the seventh time the Aggies have shutout an opponent at Aggie Stadium. But considerable time elapsed between shutout No. 6 and 7. The last time the Aggies shutout an opponent at home was on Sept. 30, 2000 when they defeated Norfolk State 16-0.
The Aggies Deeeefense
The Aggies intercepted three passes in a game for the first time since Nov. 21, 2009 when they picked off three S.C. State passes. A&T held the Yellow Jackets to 41 yards of offense, eight yards shy of the school record of 33 yards set on Oct. 23, 1999 against Howard University.