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Pembroke, NC – The Fayetteville State University football team fell 50-28 to UNC Pembroke in the annual Two Rivers Classic held Saturday, September 10th at Grace P. Johnson Stadium. FSU moves to 0-2, while the Braves improve to 2-0.fsu bronco

In the first quarter, FSU face an early deficit off back to back scoring drives by UNC Pembroke. On the initial offensive series, Patrick O’Brien connected with B.J. Bunn for a 35 yard touchdown pass. The Broncos stalled on offense and punted on the ensuing possession. UNCP managed to get in field goal range and made a 31 yard FG. FSU trailed 10-0 with 7:45remaining in the first quarter.

On the kickoff after the field goal, senior defensive back Brian Walker turned up field for a 94 yard touchdown on the kick return. FSU forced the Braves to punt on their next possession. The Broncos went 45 yards in four plays for a score. Redshirt freshman Stevie Green capped the drive with a nine yard TD run. Fayetteville State held a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, neither team got into the end zone. The Broncos failed to score, while UNC Pembroke made three field goals. UNCP held a 19-14 advantage at the conclusion of the first half. The Braves had 263 total yards of offense, while Fayetteville State had 87 total yards.

UNC Pembroke stretched their lead to double digits in the third quarter. Patrick O’Brien completed a 12 yard TD pass to his tight end Stedman Rush at the beginning of the quarter. Later in the period, Damian Whitaker returned a blocked punt 14 yards for a touchdown. The Broncos entered the fourth quarter down 33-14.

In the final quarter, Green found his way across the goal line again. He capped a seven play, 69 yard drive with a 19 yard touchdown run. In the closing seconds of the contest, junior quarterback DeMarius Davis threw a 51 yard TD strike to senior wide receiver Marquez Beeks. However, the Braves outscored FSU 17-14 in the fourth. UNCP won their eighth Two Rivers Classic by a final score of 50-28.

The Broncos produced 280 yards of total offense to finish the game. Green had his second consecutive 100-yard game with 103 yards rushing and two TDs. Davis ended the evening with 104 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception. Senior defensive back Travis Scales and junior linebacker Seth Johnson led the defense with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.

Fayetteville State will remain on the road for their next contest against Elon University. Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th at 6:00 p.m. in Elon, NC.


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