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ECSU ESCAPES WITH 26-25 WIN OVER SAINT AUGUSTINE'S
Oct. 5, 2013
RALEIGH, NC- Petey Boone rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown as the Elizabeth City State University Vikings edged Saint Augustine's University 26-25 at John H. Baker Stadium.
It was the second consecutive game that Boone rushed for 100+ yards.
The Vikings finally break into the win column avoiding their first 0-5 start since the 2002 season. Additionally they have won their last five meetings against the Falcons who have not defeated ECSU since a 7-0 victory at the 2005 Down East Viking Football Classic in Rocky Mount.
The game ended in dramatic fashion. Up by three points the Vikings, pinned against their end zone, had Brett Symonds burn some clock before giving the Falcons a team safety with 22 seconds left.
After a free kick was returned to the SAU 41, the Falcons had only 15 seconds to work with. Brian Richard completed a pass for nine yards out of bounds but on the next snap was forced to scramble before completing a pass for a loss as the clock expired.
The ECSU defense stepped up on Saturday, allowing only two offensive touchdowns and yielded a season low 271 yards to Saint Augustine's.
The Vikings quickly fell behind less than two minutes into the game after a 5 play 80 yard drive gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead.
The Vikings responded quickly with two first quarter touchdown runs by Kenny King for a 13-7 advantage. Then Boone's score, a one yard touchdown run, came with 4 minutes left in the first half. ECSU took a 19-9 score into the half when the extra point attempt was blocked and returned for a defensive two points by Jermaine Jones.
In the second quarter the Vikings kept the ball for all but three minutes. The Falcons (2-3, CIAA 1-1) only had two possessions in that quarter, the drives starting on their 7 and 22 yard lines, respectively. For the game ECSU's time of possession was + 13 to that of the Falcons (36 minutes to 23 minutes).
The Falcon defense helped with the scoring with a 33-yard interception returned for a score with 4:40 left in the third quarter. Tyrell Houghton made up for his pick 6, when he scrambled for a 26 yard score, putting ECSU up 26-23 at the 1:34 mark.
ECSU (1-4, CIAA 1-1) will open up their division schedule on Saturday, October 12th when they welcome Virginia State University to Roebuck Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 1:00pm. Follow on Twitter @ECSUVikings and visit www.ecsuvikings.com for more information.
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