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North Carolina A&T 41, Alcorn State 34
December 19, 2015 – Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.)
> Attendance: 35,528
> Offensive MVP: Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T
> Defensive MVP: Denzel Jones, North Carolina A&T

North Carolina A&T Team Notes
> The victory secured North Carolina A&T its third 10-win season (11 wins in 1999 and 10 wins in 2003)
> A&T has twice previously played in the Georgia Dome – falling twice to South Carolina State (29-24 in 2013 and 13-0 in 2014).
> The Aggies are now 10-1 in their last 11 games against FCS opponents away from home.
> Head coach Rod Broadway improved to 34-1 in his career when leading at the half.

Tarik Cohen
> With 1,543 rushing yards this season, Cohen, a junior running back, has set the school’s single-season rushing record.
> He has recorded seven straight 100-yard rushing games, including Saturday’s 295-yard effort on 22 carries extending his school record with 21 100-yard rushing games in his career.
> Saturday's game stood as Cohen’s fourth career 200-yard rushing game.
> He had five carries for 166 yards and an 83-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
> His 295 yards rushing stands as the third-best single-game rushing effort in school history. Maurice Hicks gained 437 yards versus Morgan State in 2001 and Hicks also had 353 yards versus South Carolina State in 2000.
> Cohen’s 83-yard touchdown run is tied for the fourth-longest rushing play in school history, and the longest by an Aggie since 1996 – an 84-yard rush by Michael Basnight vs. Florida A&M.
> That TD run is tied for the seventh-longest rush in the FCS this season and the longest in the MEAC.

Khris Gardin
> With 74 punt return yards in the game, Gardin broke the FCS record for punt return yards in a season. He finished with 740 yards this season, breaking the previous record of 667 yards set by Montana’s Tuff Harris in 2006.
> Gardin's touchdown return was his third punt return for a touchdown this season.
> It was his second-longest return of the season (82-yarder for a touchdown versus Howard). Gardin also had a 71-yard punt return for touchdown versus Hampton.

Alcorn State Team Notes


> Alcorn State won the only previous meeting against North Carolina A&T – a 16-13 decision in 2004.
> The Braves had not dropped a road/neutral site game since the opening week of the season – a loss at Georgia Tech on Sept. 3.
> Alcorn State’s only three setbacks against FCS opponents were by a combined 14 points this season – 35-24 to Grambling State, 40-34 to Prairie View A&M and Saturday’s 41-34 decision to NC A&T.

Anthony Williams, Jr.
> Williams’ 84-yard punt return for a touchdown was a season-long punt return for Alcorn.
> That return was tied for the seventh-longest punt return in the FCS this season and the longest in the SWAC.
> Williams also recorded an interception and  recovered a blocked field goal.

Darryan Ragsdale
> Ragsdale ends the season 87 yards shy of Alcorn State’s single-season rushing record of 1,286 yards. He finished with 1,183 yards.

Warren Gatewood
> His blocked field goal in the third quarter was the first of his career and the third blocked kick by Alcorn State as a team this season.

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