Michael Johnson Becomes Top Three Quarterback in NCCU History

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The tone for North Carolina Central University’s day against rival North Carolina A&T was set on its opening drive. The Eagles moved the ball deep into Aggie territory, but lost a fumble. NCCU played catch-up the rest of the afternoon as A&T regained bragging rights in the series with a 31-21 win in front of 18,413 fans inside Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.

A&T took that opening fumble down the field 77 yards on 11 plays to take an early 7-0 advantage.

In the second quarter, the Aggies converted on fourth down and later on third down and 12 yards to go quarterback Lewis Kindle threw a 37-yard touchdown to Wallace Miles to push the lead to 14-0 at 12:27.

That 14-point cushion proved to be too much for the Eagles to overcome. Each time NCCU scored a touchdown, it pulled the squad close, but not even or ahead, and each time the Aggies had an answer.

A&T dominated the ground game, pounding out 213 rushing yards, including 163 rushing yards by senior Mike Mayhew, while holding the Eagles to only nine rushing yards on 19 carries. The Aggies finished the contest with 414 yards of total offense compared to 224 by NCCU.

Senior quarterback Michael Johnson was responsible for all three NCCU scores. He drilled a 24-yard touchdown strike to Andrew Johnson and tossed two scores of 21 and 17 yards to Marvin Poole. Johnson completed 22 of 34 passes for 215 yards on Saturday to finish the season with 2,113 passing yards, only the fourth quarterback in school history to throw for 2,000 yards in a season. The Durham, N.C., native wrapped up his career third on the NCCU passing yards list with 5,740 and tied for third with 46 touchdown passes.

Poole had five receptions for 60 yards and two trips to the end zone, while Geovonie Irvine also had five catches for 66 yards.

NCCU’s defensive effort was topped by senior linebacker Brandon Outlaw with 12 tackles, including an assisted sack. Outlaw finished the season with 110 total tackles, the most by an Eagle since Ken Hill piled up 133 stops in 1996.

Rickie Hubbard, Stephen Young and Ty Brown contributed eight takedowns apiece for the Eagles, while Young recorded 2.0 tackles for a loss and Hubbard 1.5.

NCCU ends the 2011 season with a 2-9 record, while A&T finishes at 5-6.

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