Morgan State stuns A&T, ending 15-game win streak

Western Carolina Campbell, Elon also post wins among state teams in FCS action Saturday

Morgan State's Alex Raya lines up his game-winning 36-yard field goal that beat NC A&T on Saturday ( photo)

  GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Alex Raya’s 36-yard field goal as time ran out lifted Morgan State to a 16-13 upset over North Carolina A&T on Saturday night, ending the Aggies’ 15-game winning streak.

  Raya had tied the game with a career-best 51-yard field goal earlier in the fourth quarter and kicked his first field goal of the season in the third quarter.

  The game was a nonconference matchup between the Bears (1-3), who were picked last in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference the preseason favorite and fourth-ranked FCS Aggies (3-1), who went 12-0 last season, capped by a win over Grambling in the Celebration Bowl.

  North Carolina A&T, which was going for a school record 12th-straight home win, had won 39 straight games when leading after three quarters. On Nov. 9, 2013 at Morgan State the Bears won 24-23 when Chris Moller kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired.

  After Raya’s long field goal, the Aggies went 49 yards in 14 plays before Noel Ruiz missed a 43-yard field goal with 3:19 to play. The Bears then drove from their 26 to the NCA&T 19 before Raya’s kick after two timeouts. DeAndre Harris started the drive with a 34-yard connection to Jack McCracken and picked up another first down with a 13-yard pass to Deontaye White. Three runs picked up eight more yards.

  Morgan State had a 270-208 advantage in total offense and both teams had two turnovers.

  Western Carolina 52, VMI 50

  CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) — Tyree Adams passed for 229 yards and three scores, rushed for 117 more and another touchdown as Western Carolina held on for a 52-50 victory over VMI on Saturday.

  The game was the Southern Conference opener for the Catamounts (3-0, 1-0), who are undefeated after three games for the first time since 1976.

  This was a nail-biter as the Keydets (0-4, 0-3) scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes, wrapped around an interception, closing to 52-50 when Reece Udinski threw to Jakob Herres on a fourth-and-10 with 22 seconds left in the game. Udinski’s two-point conversion pass to Devone Humphrey in the back of the end zone failed.

  Udinski threw 72 passes, completing 43, for 491 yards — all single-game records at VMI — and four touchdowns.

  VMI led 24-21 at halftime, but early in the third quarter Adams put together back-to-back drives — with TD passes to Nate Mullen and Owen Cosenke — boosting Western Carolina into a 35-24 lead, which it did not relinquish.

  Adams moved into fifth place in WCU’s career passing yards with 5,461.

Campbell 42, Shaw 0

  BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Smith ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more as Campbell blanked Division II Shaw, 42-0 in a nonconference game Saturday.

  Smith opened the scoring barely a minute into the game, dashing 59 yards on the third play from scrimmage for a touchdown. He punched in from the 1 before halftime to give the Camels a 35-0 lead.

  Smith completed 22 of 28 passes for 227 yards and added five carries for 100 yards.

Wake Forest transfer Rocky Reid ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter. Aaron Blockmon caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Smith early in the second quarter and Antonio Wheeler pulled in a 22-yard pass for a score in the third.

  Campbell (3-1) held Shaw (1-2) to 174 yards of total offense and forced the Bears to punt nine times.

Elon 31, Charleston Southern 22

  CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Davis Cheek threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter when Elon scored 21 points in under seven minutes to overtake Charleston Southern 31-22 on Saturday night.

  Cheek threw 16 yards to Malcolm Summers to get the Phoenix (2-1) within five points of the Buccaneers (0-2). De’Sean McNair forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and six plays later he scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 3-yard run. Cheek threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Corey Joyner to complete the scoring splurge with three minutes left in the third quarter.

  Cheek was 19-of-26 passing for 220 yards with Summers finishing with 150 yards rushing on 29 carries for Elon, which has won all six meetings with Charleston Southern dating to 1999.

  London Johnson rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns for Charleston Southern but was    only 3-of-12 passing with two interceptions.