No. 16/15 North Carolina A&T (3-1, 1-0 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State (1-4, 0-1 MEAC)
Date: October 5, 2019
Time: 2 p.m.
City/Venue: Norfolk, Va./Dick Price Stadium (30,000)
Series: A&T leads, 32-11
TV/Stream: ESPN 3
ESPN Triad Radio: Donal Ware (play-by-play); Al Swann (analyst)
1320 AM/93.7 FM Greensboro
1230 AM/104.9 FM High Point
920 AM/104.5 FM Burlington
The Matchup: The Aggies return to the road where they have been very comfortable playing over the past two seasons. N.C. A&T has not lost a road Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) since the 2016 season giving them eight straight road conference wins. Overall, the Aggies have won13 straight games away from home against FCS opponents.
Their road appearance comes after the Aggies received an extra two days away from competition after defeating Delaware State 37-0 last Thursday in the conference opener for N.C. A&T. The Aggies defense was again superb after holding the Hornets to only 100 yards of offense. DSU only rushed for 23 yards marking the fifth time in the Aggies last six conference games that an opponent failed to rush for 100 yards.
The Aggies have only given up 12 points in their last three conference games and have outscored their last two MEAC foes by a total of 82-0. N.C. A&T has won five straight conference games with all of those wins coming by double figures. Jermaine McDaniel led the way with 2 ½ tackles for loss.
Offensively, Elijah Bell caught nine passes for 101 yards. It was Bell’s seventh career 100-yard receiving game. The nine catches tied him for the most career receptions in school history with 172. He shares the record with Herbert Harbison and Wallace Miles. He already owns school records in receiving touchdowns and yards.
Running back Jah-Maine Martin has won offensive player of the week honors two weeks in a row after rushing for 108 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries against the Hornets. Martin has put up some impressive numbers thus far this season as he leads the nation in rushing touchdowns. He is second in the country in rushing yards per game (135.8).
The Spartans are led by quarterback Juwan Carter who has thrown for 1,009 yards and 10 touchdowns with five interceptions. He has also completed 63 percent of his passes. Wide receiver Anthony Williams has caught three touchdown passes while D’Kendall James has 292 yards receiving on 20 receptions.
News & Notes
- All-American cornerback Mac McCain III did not play in the Aggies first three games as he recovered from an injury that sidelined him for the Aggies final four games last season. The Aggies gave up 799 yards passing over their first three games. They gave up 77 yards passing last Thursday against Delaware State.
- The Aggies’ shutout of Delaware State marked the 21st time in nine seasons the Aggies held an opponent without a touchdown. It was the 10th time in the past nine years an opponent has been shut out by N.C. A&T.
- Jah-Maine Martin picked up his second straight offensive player of the week honor by the MEAC this past week by scoring four times on the ground becoming the first Aggie to rush for four touchdowns in a game since Maurice Hicks did it in 2001. Senior left tackle Marcus Pettiford was named offensive lineman of the week for the second straight week after scoring 100 percent grade on pass protection. He had an overall grade of 89 percent with six domination blocks.
- Aggies quarterback Kylil Carter kept his no interceptions streak alive. Carter has now thrown 209 straight passes without an interception. The last time Carter threw an interception was at the 2015 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl against Alcorn State.
The Opposing Point of View
“We played well versus them for three quarters last year. What we’ll try to do is make sure our guys know they are playing the current North Carolina A&T team. They’re not playing the guys that won the championship last year. We have been in a lot of these battles, so we’re looking forward to having the opportunity to play these guys this week. When you have a tough loss, the best medicine for that is to have an opportunity to play against a great team the next week.”
Norfolk State head coach Latrell Scott