VIRIGINIA STATE HANGS ON FOR 15-10 WIN OVER ECSU
Oct. 15, 2010
PETERSBURG, VA- Virginia State University won the battle for first place in the CIAA Northern Division with a 15-10 win over Elizabeth City State University Thursday evening at Rogers Stadium.
The Trojans victory over ECSU represents the Vikings' first conference setback of the season and temporarily forces a three-way tie for first place in the CIAA Northern Division. Virginia State, ECSU and Bowie State, who plays Lincoln (Pa.) this Saturday, all sport identical 3-1 records in conference play. However the Trojans (5-2 ) hold the head-to-head advantage as they have defeated both ECSU and Bowie State this season.
The Vikings converted a fumble on VSU's opening drive into a 26-yard field goal by Devon Pike for an early 3-0 lead. The Trojans then responded, taking a 7-3 lead with 4:00 minutes left in the opening quarter on a 12-yard touchdown run by Antwain Lyde. Virginia State got two second quarter field goals by Justin Parker of 26 and 31 yards and added a team safety after a mishandled punt sailed through the back of the end zone for a 15-3 halftime advantage.
VSU would remain at 15 points for the duration of the contest mostly due to a very staunch Viking defense. In the third quarter ECSU held the Trojan offense to a paltry 4 yards on 9 plays. Simultaneously the ECSU offense found some rhythm after a 9-play 71 yard scoring drive gave them their only touchdown of the day; a three yard run by Daronte McNeill, his seventh touchdown of the year.
McNeill finished the afternoon with his 5th 100-yard performance of the season with 153 yards on 33 carries. Terry Griffin and William Davis led the way in the second half shut out of Virginia State with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.
The Vikings (4-3, CIAA 3-1) will travel to take on Bowie State on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00pm in Bulldog Stadium. For more information on ECSU Athletics, visit www.ecsuvikings.com.