Virginia University of Lynchburg (2-6) at North Carolina A&T (4-3)
Date: November 2, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.
Facility: Aggie Stadium
Series: A&T leads 6-1
Radio: WNAA 90.1 FM, Campus Radio Station: Spencer Gwynn (play-by-play); Billy Covington (color); Al Swann (analysis)
A&T OFFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Tarik Cohen (5-8, 170, Fr., 6.4 yds per carry, MEAC’s leading rusher) RB Dominique Drake (5-9, 202, Sr., 83 att., 313 yds, 3 TDs); RT Nathan Isles (6-5, 324, Sr.); QB Lewis Kindle (6-1, 205, Sr., 77-for-151, 913 yds passing,5 TDs, 5 INTs); WR Desmond Lawrence (29 rec., 343 yds., 3 TDs); LTWilliam Ray Robinson III (6-3, 305, R-Jr., MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Week (9/16-9/22).
VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG OFFENSIVE PLAYERS: No information available
A&T DEFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: SS Travis Crosby (5-9, 189, Sr., 9.1 tackles per game, T-9th in the MEAC); CB D’Vonte Graham (5-7, 157, Sr., preseason All-MEAC, preseason All-American, 6 PBU, 1 INT, T-6th in the MEAC in passes defended); LB D’Vonte Grant (5-10, 208, Sr., 9.1 tackles per game, T-9th in MEAC, 1 INT for TD, 2 BLK); LB Brian Houston (5-11, 235, Sr., 55 tackles, 8.0 TFLs, 1 INT return for TD); Ayodeji Olatoye (6-1, 197, Sr., 8 PBUs, 2nd in the MEAC in passes defended).
VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG DEFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: No information available
Aggies Overview: North Carolina A&T picked up a much-needed win last Saturday with a 20-13 overtime win at Florida A&M. It was the Aggies first win at Bragg Memorial Stadium since 2000. The Aggies used a punishing running game and tenacious defense to down the Rattlers. The Aggies rushed for 277 yards led by freshman running back Tarik Cohen’s 210 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Aggies defense held the Rattlers to just 179 yards in total offense. The Aggies will now go after their third straight homecoming win as they face NAIA Virginia University of Lynchburg. The Aggies are 15-16 in homecoming games at Aggie Stadium. In front of what will be an enthusiastic sellout crowd, the Aggies will try to get their passing game going after throwing for just 18 yards against the Rattlers. The Dragons will have a tough time moving the ball against the Aggies rush defense, which is ranked fifth in the nation.
VUL A&M Overview: The Dragons come into the game coming off of a bye week. Prior to their bye week, the Dragons picked up a big win over Concordia of Alabama with a 58-20 win. VUL comes in with a 1-1 record in the United States Collegiate Athletics Association, a NAIA league. The Dragons other win came against Edward Waters, a 17-14 win on Oct. 5. Seven passes were intercepted by the Dragons in their win over Concordia as they held the Hornets to 10-for-40 passing. Dual threat quarterback Emmanuel Yeager started the first six games for the Dragons, but has not played in the last two. Brandon Johnson has emerged as the Dragon’s leading running back.
Potential Star: The last time the Dragons visited Aggie Stadium, A&T quarterback Lewis Kindle had a career game. He threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns in the Aggies’ 38-7 win. Kindle’s career game two years ago coupled with throwing for just 18 yards against Florida A&M last week, could be the motivation the redshirt senior needs to put together his best game of the season.
News & Notes:
North Carolina A&T freshman running back Tarik Cohen (5-8, 170, Bunn, N.C.) was added to the Jerry Rice Watch List on Thursday. The Rice Award, now in its third season, honors the top first-year player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Only redshirt freshmen and freshmen are eligible. Cohen earned his spot on the list thanks to a marvelous three-week stretch. He posted 299 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns at Hampton on Oct. 12. A week later in his first career start, he had 91 yards on 19 carries at home against Delaware State. Last week, he rushed for 210 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, at Florida A&M. In the process, he broke the Aggies single-season freshman rushing record, previously held by Barry Turner at 556 yards in 1990.
The Aggies played their first overtime game in one year. Their last overtime game was also against Florida A&M, a 22-19 loss on Nov. 6, 2010. Overtime was instituted in 1996 with the Aggies playing in one of the nation’s first overtime games as they defeated N.C. Central 38-31 on Aug. 31, 1996. The Aggies have played in 10 overtime games in their history, including Saturday’s 20-13 win over Florida A&M. The Aggies are 7-3 in previous overtime games with their last win coming over N.C. Central Nov. 17, 2012. The Aggies have played N.C. Central four times in overtime games, winning three of them.
From the Coach
“We are better than they are. But that is not enough. Again, we have to worry about ourselves. If we go out and do the things we’re supposed to do, I think in most cases we can be victorious. We can’t get too caught up in what they’re doing and miss out on what we’re supposed to be doing. Our fans have been good all year, so we really want to play well because we like to win them all, including homecoming.”
A&T head football coach Rod Broadway on Virginia University of Lynchburg