Williams, Defense Push Wildcats Past Aggies, 28-12
By Dan Ryan
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An efficient Quentin Williams and a resilient Bethune-Cookman defense lifted the Wildcats to a 28-12 Homecoming victory over North Carolina A&T before a Municipal Stadium sellout crowd of 10,181 that endured a 96-minute weather delay.
Williams, a sophomore, went the entire way as quarterback, rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 128 yards and another score as he helped the Wildcats (4-2 overall, 3-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) pull away from a tight 14-12 game early in the third quarter.
"Quentin is a very good athlete," said Bethune-Cookman head coach Brian Jenkins. "He can operate our offense at a high level. I just see it as a young man getting better."
B-CU's defense limited the Aggies (2-3, 0-2 MEAC) to a pair of field goals on four penetrations of the Wildcat red zone, as Tim Burke and Rashad Payne interceptions ended scoring threats and registered a momentum-shifting stop after the Aggies closed to two points early in the second half.
"Whenever your team finds a way to get take-aways, then you're doing something special." Jenkins said.
A Wildcat fumble gave the Aggies the ball on the B-CU 4. The defense held the Aggies to two yards, and Aggie kicker Zach Cimaglia had his 19-yard field goal partially blocked by Burke to keep B-CU ahead by two.
B-CU went the other way, matriculating the ball on a 15-play, 80-yard drive that produced Williams' six-yard pass to Rodney Scott with 2:56 remaining in the third quarter.
After completing just one-of-six passes in the first half, Williams was five-of-six for 67 yards on the march.
Williams managed the game well the rest of the way, connecting with eight different receivers on his 11 completions and helping B-CU hold the ball for 13 minutes of the fourth quarter.
He capped off the night by scoring on a 31-yard breakaway on a fourth-down play with 55 seconds left.
The Aggies, who won last year's meeting 22-3, took an early 6-0 lead on Marquis Gorham's 24-yarder from Lewis Kindle, five minutes into the game.
In the second quarter, a 41-yard Williams scamper launched a drive that finished with quarterback scoring on a 5-yarder with 10:57 remaining to make it 14-6.
Jackson gained 75 of his 78 yards in the first half. Preston Cleckley and KJ Stroud each had two catches for 31 and 21 yards, respectively.
Dion Hanks posted B-CU's third interception and Jarkevis Fields had seven tackles as the Wildcat defense limited Aggie running back Mike Mayhew to 35 yards on 13 carries.
B-CU is off next week, returning to action Oct. 20 against Norfolk State in the Second Annual Biker Classic.