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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – North Carolina Central University senior receiver LaVontis Smith tallied 137 receiving yards on six catches, including a 71-yard touchdown, and senior quarterback Malcolm Bell accounted for 218 total yards and three scores on Saturday at Western Michigan University’s Waldo Stadium, but it was not nearly enough.nccu eagle head

The Broncos scored 28 first-quarter points, the most allowed by NCCU in the opening 15 minutes in program history, and stampeded the Eagles by a score of 70-21.

WMU’s 70 points are the most scored by an NCCU opponent since Oct. 31, 1925, in a 70-0 loss at Howard.

After Bell rushed four yards into the end zone for the Eagles’ first touchdown of the season with 4:06 remaining in the first quarter, he completed touchdown passes to Smith for 71 yards and to David Miller for one yard, bringing the halftime score to 42-21.

At the conclusion of the halftime show, featuring the WMU marching band and a fireworks show, an announcement was made to halt play and asked fans to leave the stadium and take shelter due to an approaching storm. The lightening delay lasted one hour, seven minutes, cooling down any momentum the Eagles may have garnered with a pair of touchdowns in the final five minutes of the second quarter.

Bell finished the night, which eased into Sunday with the contest wrapping up at 12:01 a.m., with 209 yards passing and nine yards rushing. He became just the seventh NCCU quarterback with 4,000 passing yards and the sixth Eagle with more than 5,000 yards of total offense. Bell now has 4,192 career passing yards and 5,121 career yards of total offense.

Junior safety Josiah Dailey racked up a game-high 17 tackles (11 solo) and a forced fumble for NCCU (0-2), while senior linebacker LeGrande Harley contributed nine stops.

Western Michigan (2-0) amassed 614 yards of total offense, including 359 yards rushing. WMU quarterback Zach Terrell passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns, including seven receptions for 150 yards and three trips to the end zone for wide receiver Corey Davis.

Up next, the Eagles return to Durham for their first home game of the season on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. versus Saint Augustine’s University inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

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