N.C. Central’s special teams have given opposing teams fits. Problem is, the other two phases of a football game have caused the Eagles to create headaches for themselves.
Seth Higgins tossed one touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Morgan State put away N.C. Central 34-22 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup Saturday.
NCCU (1-5, 1-1 MEAC) seemingly would be motivated to play inspired football not only to give the homecoming crowd something good to talk about but also to recalibrate after a 44-3 punch in the mouth from S.C. State on national TV last week.
So much was different about N.C. Central University football 50 years ago.
Even the name of the school was different in 1963, the year when N.C. College at Durham -- that’s what NCCU used to be called -- won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football championship.
No defensive back in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has as many interceptions as N.C. Central freshman cornerback Michael Jones, who's still learning the ropes of the college game.
Reid recently was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of just 22 college football players from across the country lauded by the Allstate insurance company and the American Football Coaches Association for community service.
A 1-5 Morgan State squad is coming to O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium looking to crash NCCU’s homecoming party Saturday (2 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
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S.C. State embarrassed N.C. Central on national TV at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium Thursday night. NCCU fans had been asked to wear white shirts for a strong look of solidarity on ESPNU — a so-called whiteout. Instead, they got a blowout, 44-3. “Didn’t get anything going, both sides of the football, offensively, in particular,” NCCU coach Dwayne Foster said. “Didn’t run it like we wanted to run it and execute like we thought we should.”
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S.C. State coach Buddy Pough is not just another skipper blowing smoke about how dangerous his opponent is when he bemoans N.C. Central’s ability to score both in bunches and in a variety of ways.
The whiteout expected to blanket a portion of N.C. Central University this evening is perfectly safe and may have some social benefits in terms of promoting unity and solidarity in greater Durham.
S.C. State (4-2, 2-0 MEAC) and NCCU (3-2, 1-0 MEAC) will get together on another grand stage during Thursday’s nationally televised game at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium (7:30 p.m., ESPNU).
N.C.Central turned a pair of third quarter Howard mistakes into touchdowns and that proved to be the difference as the Eagles defeated the Bison 37-28 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference showdown at Howard’s Greene Stadium.
N.C. Central’s Kevin Staton, Kevin Thompson, Gabe Smith and Aaron Wallace will be in their hometown of Washington, D.C., Saturday when the Eagles start their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule against Howard (1 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com.)