Scores

Final

Coverage: ESPN

11:45 AM ET, August 31, 2014

Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL

1 2 3 4 T
AAMU 6 0 0 713
NCAT 14 24 7 247

Top Performers

Passing: B. Wells (AAMU) - 83 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Cohen (NCAT) - 10 CAR, 161 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Dorsey (AAMU) - 2 REC, 33 YDS, 1 TD

North Carolina A&T cruises to 47-13 win

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- For the second straight season, North Carolina A&T quarterback Kwashaun Quick came up big in the opener.

Quick and the Aggies defeated Alabama A&M 47-13 in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge on Sunday.

One year after guiding the Aggies to a season-opening win over Appalachian State, the junior rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for 94 yards and North Carolina A&T pulled away from the Bulldogs with 38 unanswered points.

Both North Carolina A&T's scoring output and margin of victory were the second-largest in the 10-year history of the Challenge. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has won eight times. Bethune-Cookman beat Prairie View A&M 63-14 in 2011.

Quick has been the Aggies' opening-day starter the previous two seasons, including the 2012 opener against Coastal Carolina, but he lost the starter's role as each season progressed.

"We have a lot of people who can make plays," North Carolina A&T coach Rod Broadway said. "I was pleased with the way Quick played today. There were some mistakes, but we're a young team and we can helped them play like an older team as we progress."

Quick and Tarik Cohen's speed were too much for Alabama A&M.

In North Carolina A&T's 24-point second quarter, Quick had a 59-yard scoring run and Cohen an 80-yard run as the Aggies took a 38-6 halftime lead.

Four of the Aggies' five first-half touchdowns covered 26 yards or more.

Cohen, the game MVP, finished with 161 yards rushing.

"Quick took off a lot of pressure off of me today," Cohen said. "When they (Alabama A&M) focused on them, it opened holes for me."

After Alabama A&M closed to 7-6 with 16 seconds remaining in the first quarter on Cesar Diaz Ramon's second field goal, Tony McRae took the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to start a run of 38 unanswered Aggie points.

Marquell Cartwright added a third-quarter touchdown run for North Carolina A&T, which outrushed Alabama A&M 307-141.

Alabama A&M, under first-year coach James Spady, scored its touchdown on a 5-yard TD pass from Brandon Wells to Jonathan Dorsey with 12:29 remaining.

Bryan Brower led Alabama A&M rushers with 60 yards on 17 carries.

The game was played at Bright House Stadium on the UCF Campus with its regular venue, the downtown Florida Citrus Bowl in the midst of renovations. That stadium is expected to reopen for the Florida Classic featuring Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M on Nov. 22nd.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AAMU
NCAT
1st Downs2017
Total Yards346415
Passing212108
Rushing134307
Penalties9-7410-90
3rd Down Conversions7-192-11
4th Down Conversions2-51-1
Turnovers21
Possession27:4432:16

Passing Leaders

Alabama A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jaymason Lee9/211296.100
Brandon Wells5/12836.910
North Carolina A&TC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kwashaun Quick9/16945.900
Caleb Gabriel1/11414.000

Rushing Leaders

Alabama A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bryan Brower17603.5016
Brandon Eldemire18331.806
North Carolina A&TCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tarik Cohen1016116.1280
Kwashaun Quick99410.4259

Receiving Leaders

Alabama A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tevin McKenzie35317.7045
Jonathan Dorsey23316.5128
North Carolina A&TRECYDSAVGTDLG
Desmond Lawrence22211.0015
Tarik Cohen22010.0018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAAMUNCAT
FG4:56Cesar Ramon 20 Yd Field Goal 30
TD4:22Kwashaun Quick 26 Yd Run (Cody Jones Kick)37
FG0:16Cesar Ramon 27 Yd Field Goal 67
TD0:01Tony McRae 95 Yd Kickoff Return (Cody Jones Kick)614
SECOND QUARTERAAMUNCAT
TD12:15Kwashaun Quick 59 Yd Run (Cody Jones Kick)621
TD10:09Tarik Cohen 80 Yd Run (Cody Jones Kick)628
FG4:48Cody Jones 37 Yd Field Goal 631
TD0:31Tarik Cohen 3 Yd Run (Cody Jones Kick)638
THIRD QUARTERAAMUNCAT
TD8:07Marquell Cartwright 5 Yd Run (Cody Jones Kick)645
FOURTH QUARTERAAMUNCAT
TD12:29Jonathan Dorsey 5 Yd pass from Brandon Wells (Cesar Ramon Kick)1345
SF3:07Team Safety 1347