GREENSBORO -- They tried not to do it. They certainly didn't want to do it. But in the end, they did it. The men of the North Carolina A&T football team embarrassed West Virginia State Saturday night at Aggie Stadium. The Aggies tied a school record with 11 touchdowns, and they set a school record for single-game points in a 77-0 home opener win.
Seven different Aggies, including five different running backs, scored for A&T on Saturday. Running back Dominique Drake scored a career-high three touchdowns and running back Mike Mayhew and quarterback Lewis Kindle scored twice in the blowout.
It was the Aggies (1-1) first shutout since beating N.C. Central 25-0 on Aug. 31, 2003. In a twist of irony, the head football coach for the Eagles that day was Rod Broadway.
"It got out of hand," said Broadway, who is now the head man at North Carolina A&T. "But they helped us. They threw some interceptions, they turned the ball over and they got a punt blocked. They just made a lot of mistakes that made it look this way. But I'm not going to apologize for beating them. It's not my responsibility to stop us."
A&T was merciful. The Aggies led 70-0 going into fourth quarter thanks to a 28-yard touchdown run by Chauncey Burgess. Redshirt freshman Dequan Swann opened the fourth quarter by blocking Cory Broughton's punt to give the Aggies the ball at the WVSU 2-yard line. Instead of going for the scoring record at that moment, the Aggies coaching staff had backup quarterback Kwashaun Quick take four straight knees to give the Yellow Jackets the ball back on downs.
Broadway indicated the WVSU coaching staff made a request to one of the officials that it did not want the Aggies to stop running the ball. Two plays later, the Yellow Jackets' staff got its wish. A&T linebacker Bryson McCall jumped on a Robert Dooley fumble to give the Aggies the ball at the WVSU 21. A&T handed the ball to sophomore Marlowe Wood five straight times with the fifth play resulting in a 2-yard touchdown to break the school scoring record.
"As thin as we are, we were still able to get a lot of guys a lot of snaps tonight," said Broadway. "I thought they did well with the snaps they got. I thought Burgess went in and had a big day, and Marlowe ran it well too. Our third and fourth team guys ran the ball hard."
WVSU (1-1) turned the ball over again on the ensuing kickoff. The Aggies returned back to taking knee as they tried to run down a clock that still had more than nine minutes remaining on it.
"I think we were a little too fast for them," said Broadway. "I think we were playing at one speed and they were playing at another. I thought it would be a lot better ballgame than what it ended up being. But we'll take it."
The Aggies have a similar opponent next week when Virginia University of Lynchburg makes a return visit to Aggie Stadium this Saturday at 6 p.m. A&T defeated the Dragons 38-7 at Aggie Stadium in 2011. Broadway, who lost senior right guard Tim Sunkins for the season with a severe leg injury at Coastal Carolina, hopes to come away with a win while staying injury free considering the Aggies lack of depth.
"We want to stay healthy, but I never go into a game concerned about someone getting injured," said Broadway. "It's football. There is always the possibility someone is going to get hurt. We go into these games trying to get better. That's what it is all about."