Tarik Cohen ran for 220 yards with three touchdowns including the game clincher with 2:11 remaining to lead North Carolina A&T to a 52-35 win over Bethune-Cookman 52-35 at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach.
“He is one heck of a football player. Teams bottle him up but he breaks a few runs. What he is doing and the exposure he brings is good for our conference. He’s not just a good FCS back but a good college football back,” said Bethune-Cookman Head Coach, Terry Sims.
The game was originally scheduled for October 13 at 7:30 p.m. to be aired live on ESPNU.
It was moved to Saturday after Hurricane Matthew damaged the stadium.
“It was a tough loss but I’m proud of the way our guys played with all that we went through this past week,” added Sims.
#15 North Carolina A&T (5-1, 3-0) led 21-7 after Cohen’s 87-yard touchdown run with 14:40 to go in the second quarter.
Bethune-Cookman (0-5, 0-1) took a 28-24 lead when Larry Brihm connected with Frank Brown for a 67 yard touchdown pass with 14:50 to play.
The Aggies answered with an 11-yard touchdown run by Cohen retaking the lead at 31-28 with 13:43 left.
Tupac Isme’s two-yard score gave B-CU a 35-31 lead with 12:11 remaining.
Lamar Reynard’s 37 yard touchdown pass to Elijah Bell with 9:22 left put NCA&T up 38-35.
Jeremy Taylor intercepted Brihm and went 24 yards for a score to give the Aggies a 45-35 lead with 9:03 remaining. The play seem to be the game changer.
“There was no miscommunication on that play with me and the receiver. It was on me. I rushed when I should have taken my time,” responded Brihm.
Raynard finished with 277 passing yards with three touchdowns for the Aggies.
Frank Brown five catches for 117 yards with three scores and Jawill Davis had nine receptions for 143 yards for B-CU.
Larry Brihm also threw for 376 yards with four touchdowns for the Wildcats. Brihm had been battling injury and still isn’t 100 percent yet.
“It was just great being out there and trying to help my team win,” said Brihm.
Bethune-Cookman has battled the injury bug all season with 13 starters missing time due to injury.
Top defensive backs Elliott Miller and Diquan Richardson both left the game with injuries in the first half.
NCA&T outgained B-CU 561 to 403 in total offense; both teams were 4-for-4 on red zone chances and both teams had two turnovers.
The Wildcats held the edge in passing yards 395-277 while the Aggies held the rushing edge 284-8.
North Carolina A&T travels to Howard while Bethune-Cookman travels to Norfolk State next week.