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Isidore Jackson ran for his highest rushing total of the season [Photo: Jim Hogue]
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'Cats Take MEAC Lead With 42-17 Win Over NCCU

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Isidore Jackson rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns as Bethune-Cookman parlayed two of the longest scoring plays in school history and a dominant second half defense to pull away to a 42-17 victory over North Carolina Central before a Senior Day crowd of 5,839 at Municipal Stadium Saturday.

The Wildcats (6-2 overall, 5-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) scored the game's final 28 points for both the win and sole possession of first place in the conference standings.

"This was a great team victory," said B-CU Head Coach Brian Jenkins. "We played a tough, well-coached team in North Carolina Central. "They've done a tremendous job in a short period. When the bell rings, we go fight. We trained for a 15-round fight. We knew our knuckles would get bloody today."

North Carolina Central (5-3, 4-1 MEAC) took a 17-14 lead on a 28-yard Oleg Parent field goal with 7:23 remaining in the third quarter.

B-CU answered with a brisk, 63-yard ground drive that culminated in Rodney Scott's eight-yard run with 5:28 left that gave the Wildcats a 21-17 lead.

On B-CU's next possession, Jackson burst through the middle and rambled 93 yards on the fourth-longest touchdown run in school history to put the Wildcats up 11 heading into the final quarter.

The Wildcat defense extended its streak of games with an interception to 15 as D.J. Howard and Rashad Payne registered picks that set up the Wildcats' final two touchdowns.

Howard's interception and return set up B-CU at the Eagles 11 yard line. Three plays later, Jackson picked up a Quentin Williams pitch on the bounce and bullied his way from six yards out to make it 35-17 with 4:14 to go.

Angelo Cabrera wrapped up the scoring on a one-yarder with 58 seconds remaining after Payne's interception gave the Wildcats the ball at the NCCU 36.

It was an evenly-matched first half.

B-CU struck first on a one-yard Andronicus Lovette run with 4:29 left in the opening quarter, capping off a 61-yard drive. The Eagles capitalized on a B-CU punt return miscue, tying the game at 7-7 on a Jordan Reid 15-yarder to Detwan Robinson two plays after taking over on the Wildcats 15.

Williams' only touchdown was a 76-yard hitch-and-go to Preston Cleckly with 13:04 remaining in the first half that tied for the eighth-longest touchdown pass in school history.

The Eagles tied the game on a 28-yard Reid to Decona Roberts pass with 9:56 left.

Williams finished 6-of-15 for 126 yards for B-CU, while Brodrick Waters rushed for 53 and threw for 43. Scott had 13 carries for 49 yards, while KJ Stroud (27 yards) and Eddie Poole (20) each had three catches.

Dawud Lane and Jarkevis Fields each had 10 tackles to lead the Wildcats defense, which included a sack from Harold Love III and a blocked field goal from LeBrandon Richardson.

B-CU travels to Baltimore for a 1 p.m. meeting with Morgan State next Saturday.

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