Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hampton Visits North Carolina A&T In Thursday Night MEAC Football


One very interesting thing for North Carolina A&T tonight when Hampton visits -- not only will it be the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for the Aggies.  It will be their first game against an FCS opponent this season.

The Aggies (2-1) opened the season by blowing out Division II St. Augustine's and then defeated FBS Kent State before falling to FBS Tulsa two weeks ago.

And with a week off last week, North Carolina A&T has a chance to breathe and begin another new season in conference play.

They get a Hampton (1-2, 1-0 MEAC) team that played their first FCS game two weeks ago.  The Pirates easily defeated rival Howard 34-7 in the AT&T Nation's Classic.   Their two losses were to FBS squads Old Dominion and William & Mary.  The Pirates threw an early scare into William & Mary before falling late.

The game will feature two of the MEAC's early leaders in offense and defense.  North Carolina A&T leads the conference in total offense and total defense.  A&T's offense is led by superstar running back Tarik Cohen, who is third in the MEAC in rushing with 71 yards a game. Jeremy Taylor leads the Aggies with 24 tackles and two sacks this season.

Hampton isn't far behind in either category they rank third in both total offense and defense. The MEAC's second leading rusher is Hampton's Yahkee Johnson who has rushed for 76.7 yards a game. They also have the conference's top passer in Jaylian Williamson who has thrown for 194 yards a game.  Interestingly, both teams are most stout in run defense.

Kickoff is at 7:30 pm EST and will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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