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Charlotte, N.C. – Johnson C. Smith University rushed for 218 yards and limited visiting St. Augustine’s to negative rushing yardage en route to a convincing 34-8 homecoming win on a gorgeous afternoon at the Irwin Belk Complex.jcsu bull

The Golden Bulls had no problems with the Falcons, as JCSU jumped out to a 24-0 lead. JCSU got on the board first when Gabriel Yuille (Baltimore, Md.) rushed for a 39-yard score at the 5:40 mark to put JCSU up 7-0. A little over three minutes later, freshman kicker Brandon Howard (Columbia, S.C.) connected on his first field goal of the day, a 36-yarder to put the Golden Bulls up 10-0. On the ensuing SAU possession, the Golden Bulls forced a safety when a bad snap on a punt was downed in the Falcon endzone making the score 12-0 with 1:14 left.

JCSU would carry a 19-0 lead into halftime thanks to a 4-yard rush from Tromecio Summers (Charlotte, N.C.) at the 5:42 mark in the second.

JCSU recorded another safety with 11:58 left in the third quarter when the Falcons’ Rovonta Johnson was tackled in the endzone, boosting the JCSU lead to 21-0.

After JCSU regained possession after the safety, Howard cashed in on a 29-yard field goal, pushing the lead to 24-0 with 9:21 left in the third.

St. Augustine’s finally got into the scoring column when quarterback Julius Murphy capped a 15-play, 91-yard drive with a one-yard score with 14:02 left in the fourth quarter. Murphy then connected with Lenwood Joyner for the two-point conversion to make it 24-8.

JCSU immediately responded driving the ball to the SAU 31-yard line, that’s when Howard booted his third field goal of the afternoon, a career-long 49-yard strike, to stoke JCSU to the 27-8 lead.

The JCSU defense then forced an SAU punt on three-and-out situation, taking over at their own 44-yard line. One play later, freshman running back Braxton Gambrell (Seneca, S.C.) broke through the middle of the Falcon defense and raced 56 yards for a score. Howard’s point-after made it 34-8 with 8:44 left.

SAU would only run 11 plays on their next three possessions, as JCSU claimed the 34-8 win, snapping a three-game slide.

Gambrell finished with a season-high 117 rushing yards while
Desean Binyard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) had 41 yards on eight carries. Yuille ran for 39 yards and a score while D’Juantay Burrell (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) finished with 21 yards.

Yuille, filling in for injured quarterback Harold Herbin (Fayetteville, N.C.), threw for 29 yards on a 4-of-9 outing. Yuille also threw one interception.

Leading the way for the JCSU receivers was Demarcus Berry (Vanceboro, N.C.) and
Desmond Dozier (Longs, S.C.) as they each had 12 receiving yards on the afternoon.

Defensively, Lorenz Taylor (Bluffton, S.C.) led the way with six tackles and three pass breakups. Defensive end Brice Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) also had a productive afternoon, totaling three tackles with 2.5 being for loss. As a team, JCSU had nine tackles for loss on the day.

The win improves JCSU to 2-7 on the year, 2-4 in CIAA play and 1-3 in the Southern Division while SAU drops to 2-7 overall, 2-4 in the CIAA and 1-3 in Southern Divisional play.

JCSU wraps up their 2016 season on Saturday, Nov. 5, hosting rival Livingstone in the Commemorative Classic. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Irwin Belk Complex.

~ JCSU Sports Information

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