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SC State upsets unbeaten NC A&T in Atlanta Classic 25

By Hal Lamar | 10/8/2013, 4:22 p.m.
Atlanta Football Classic Offense MVP S.C. State Richard Cue. Photo by Patsy Lamar.

ATLANTA- A blocked punt, field goal and a 65 yard scoring play, all in the second half, allowed underdog South Carolina State to upset unbeaten North Carolina A&T, 29-24 Saturday.

October 5 at the 25th Atlanta Football Classic sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of 100 Black Men of America.

A crowd of 35,412 got their money’s worth as the game between the two rivals came down to the final 3:20 of the contest. Trailing 29-24, A&T drove to the SCSU 37 yard line before being stopped by the Bulldog’s defense.

SCSU’s redshirt senior quarterback Lewis Kindle, an Atlanta product from West Lake High School, threw for 130 yards and one touchdown but spent the majority of the afternoon running for his life behind the relentless pursuit of the Bulldog defense.

“It was designed that way,” SCSU Head Coach Buddy Pough told the reporters in his post-game comments. “We’ve been the top defensive team in the country for sacks. It is part of our plan to keep that kind of pressure on our opponents.”

Kindle was sacked three times in the game but told The Atlanta Voice the pressure didn’t really faze him.

“They got some guys coming but the pressure didn’t really bother me as much. I just have to start making plays down the field,” he said.

Meanwhile, SCSU”s signal caller, redshirt senior Richard Cue threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, one of them a crowd-pleasing 65 yard strike to senior Tyler McDonald.

This year’s game marked the first time in the Atlanta Classic’s 25 year history that two teams from the same conference (Mid Eastern Athletic Conference) were selected to participate. There was a lot at stake for both schools. S.C. State, second behind N.C. A&T in the conference rankings, wanted to improve to 2-0 in conference play and challenge the lead of the Aggies. Their win actually put them second to Bethune-Cookman,1-0 in conference play but 4-1 overall. The loss drops A&T from first to fifth. Their loss leaves their conference won-loss to 1-1 and their overall to 3-1.

Meanwhile, A&T Athletic Director Earl Hilton indicated that the school had had some discussion with the 100 about returning to Atlanta in 2014 and said they would consider it highly if invited. This was A&T’s first trip to the classic and second time playing in Atlanta. It was SCSU’s seventh trip. Their record is 3-4.