GAME PREVIEW: North Carolina A&T
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Having North Carolina A&T in town hasn’t been a problem for Bethune-Cookman in recent years. But when the Aggies used to come to Daytona Beach on Homecoming weekend ... problem.
It’s a unique twist to the series as the Wildcats try to turn the Aggies into another Homecoming victim, uh, distinguished guest when the teams meet Saturday at 4 p.m. at Municipal Stadium.
In their last three trips to Daytona Beach, the Aggies have been outscored 161-38, two of those games on national television. Before that, Bethune-Cookman’s Homecomings have been spoiled by the guys from the Tar Heel state in 1993, 2001 and 2003.
Of course, B-CU has returned the favor, winning Homecoming weekends in Greensboro in 2007 and 2009.
The Wildcats (3-2 overall, 2-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) will look to remain unbeaten at Homecoming during the Brian Jenkins era and extend their conference winning streak to nine games against an Aggies (2-2,0-1) team that handed B-CU a convincing 22-3 setback last year.
The Aggies lost to Morgan State last Thursday, 21-18 in a nationally televised ESPNU game. The two North Carolina A&T victories came again West Virginia State and Virginia-Lynchburg. Running back Mike Mayhew had his first 100-yard game of the season, posting 105 against Morgan State.
In the past two seasons, Mayhew has gained 328 yards on the Wildcats. After forcing seven turnovers last Saturday against Hampton, the Wildcats lead the FCS in turnover margin (+2.8) after five games. Lafayette (+2.0) is second, followed by Southern Utah (+1.8).
Nick Addision had two interceptions, including a 90-yard interception return for touchdown, as B-CU extended its streaks of games with an interception to 12. LeBrandon Richardson registered his fifth sack in the victory.
Running back Isidore Jackson is ninth on the B-CU career rushing list at 1,794 yards, but needs just seven to pass Steve Wallace (1994-97). The junior is 207 yards away from becoming the eighth Wildcat to rush for over 2,000 career yards.
Driven by Jackson, the Wildcats are ranked 15th for rushing in the FCS (232.2 yards per game) as they face a North Carolina A&T unit ranked 12th in rushing defense, surrendering just 97.75 yards per game.
It took until the very last offensive series, but Eddie Poole managed to keep his pass-catching streak alive last week at Hampton. The senior will look to extend that run to 29 on Saturday.
Kicker Sven Hurd extended his PAT streak to 53 consecutive in the win over the Pirates, in addition to matching his career-long with a 42-yarder.