Aggies Finish Strong With Win Over NCCU
GREENSBORO -- Mike Mayhew rushed for 163 yards on 32 carries, and quarterback Lewis Kindle had two touchdowns rushing and threw for two more, leading North Carolina A&T to a 31-21 victory over rival North Carolina Central on Saturday at Aggie Stadium.
It was a day of milestones for the Aggies, as Mayhew eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season and wide receiver Wallace Miles, who had eight catches for 123 yards and a touchdown on the day, set a school record for most receptions in a season and tied the mark for most total receptions for a career.
He also became the first receiver in school history to exceed 1,000 yards in a season.
Mayhew is now 140 yards away from becoming the Aggies all-time leading rusher as he is slated to return next season. He also 10 handoffs shy of breaking the school record carries.
The Aggies struck first after recovering an Eagles fumble, going 77 yards on 11 plays as Kindle plunged in from 1-yard out. Miles followed with a 37-yard touchdown grab from Kindle to push the lead to 14-0.
North Carolina Central found some offensive rhythm in the second quarter. Quarterback Michael Johnson found Andrew Johnson for a 24-yard score, then right before halftime, Johnson connected with Marvin Poole to slice the Aggies lead to 21-14.
On each of the Eagles first half scores, they had a short field to play with thanks to short kickoffs and lengthy returns.
"I thought we really played sloppy in the first half," said N.C. A&T head coach Rod Broadway, who also mentioned the Aggies 12 penalties for 112 yards in the first half. "Their two touchdown drives, I think one we gave them 40 yards on one and the other we gave them 35 yards. If we don't do crazy stuff that drives you to drink if you're a drinking man we would be good. We're not good enough to overcome things like that. We can't play that type of football."
After a scoreless third quarter, North Carolina A&T got a 20-yard field goal from Jose Garcia-Camacho and executed a 13-play, 84-yard drive that took up 6:58, culminating in another 1-yard sneak by Kindle to give the Aggies a 31-14 advantage, putting the game out of reach.
In picking up the win, Broadway defeated his former team. He coached at N.C. Central from 2003-06. "That was a long time ago," said Broadway. "I met some really good people when I was there, and we were successful, but now I'm focused on what we have to do here."
The Aggies finished Broadway's first season with a 5-6 overall and a 4-4 in the MEAC. They were derailed by a stretch of four straight road conference games in which they lost them all despite having a chance to win or tie all four on the final drive of each game.
Broadway called the season average, but commended his coaching staff and players for how they competed despite being shorthanded."I expect to win, I don't care if we don't have any scholarships," said Broadway about the Aggies limited scholarships because of a low graduation rate. "If we go out and compete, then we're going to try to win. We had a chance to be a real good football team, but we weren't quite good enough."