DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University amassed nearly 150 yards more than Bethune-Cookman University, but a pair of touchdowns by wide receiver and return specialist Jimmie Robinson sparked the Wildcats to a 27-13 conference victory during a live ESPNU broadcast on Thursday night inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.
NCCU accumulated 391 yards of total offense, topped by freshman quarterback Davius Richard with 250 passing yards and junior running back Isaiah Totten with 78 yards on the ground. The Eagles’ defense, led by senior defensive end Darius Roster with 11 tackles, including 2.5 stops for a loss with 1.5 sacks, held the visiting Wildcats to just 243 total yards.
B-CU playmaker Robinson proved to be the difference. He opened the scoring midway through the second quarter by catching a screen pass and racing through traffic for a 54-yard touchdown.
Near the start of the fourth quarter, when NCCU rookie kicker Adrian Olivo connected on his second field goal of the evening to make it a one-possession contest at 14-6, Robinson extended the lead on the ensuing kickoff with a 79-yard return to the end zone.
B-CU quarterback Akevious Williams passed for 95 yards and a touchdown, ran for 52 yards and a touchdown, and caught a 3-yard touchdown toss to seal the victory.
North Carolina Central University player Ryan McDaniel by KeShawn Ennis. Courtesy photo