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Aggies Lose To Hampton
GREENSBORO, N.C– The NC A&T Aggie football team had one half to be proud of and the other they would soon forget. The Aggies battled Hampton for one half with chances to win the game but fell short 31-14 before a large crowd at Aggie stadium an before a nationally-televised ESPNU football game.
Hampton, ranked 12th nationally, scored on its first four possessions of the game due in part to Hampton running back Alonzo Coleman who rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Pirates. Aggies tailback Chaz Truesdale had a career day, rushing for 84 yards on 11 carries in place of starting tailback Brandon Sweeney.
The first half saw the Aggies not only make too many mistakes but they didnt convert on a few mistakes by Hampton. With the score 28-0 in the first half,
The Pirates were flawless in the first half. They had 289 yards of total offense by halftime. Their two 1,000-yard backs from a year ago – Coleman and Ardell Daniels – did most of the damage.
Coleman finished the first half with 74 yards and two touchdowns, while Daniels had 47 of his 61 yards in the first 30 minutes to help the Pirates jump out to a 28-0 lead with 12:05 remaining in the half.
The Aggies made an attempt at a comeback. Orrick Watkins replaced starter Marshall Glenn and led the Aggies on an 8-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Doug Brown. A Hampton mistake on special teams led to the Aggies second score.
Hampton punter Cameron Muro had a snap sail over his head. To prevent the Aggies from recovering the bad snap, Muro kicked the ball out of his own end zone. It was illegal. Instead of taking the safety, the Aggies elected to take over at the Pirates 6-yard line.
Three plays later, Oritz Green scored from five yards out to pull the Aggies to within 14, 28-14 with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter. N.C. A&T could do no more, however. The Aggies went three-and-out on their next three possessions, and never mounted another threat the rest of the game.
But all of the hard work in the second half turned out to be too little too late as Hampton added a late field goal and won the game 31-14.
“We made too many mistakes tonight and we have yet to play consistent football,” said N.C. A&T head coach George Small.
“I thought we let down a little bit in the second half, but I thought our execution in the first half was excellent,’’ said Hampton coach Joe Taylor.
The Aggies fall to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the MEAC. Hampton, ranked No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, is now 3-0 and 2-0 in the MEAC. The Aggies don’t play again until Sept. 24 when they travel to Elon to face the Phoenix at 6 p.m.