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By Dan Ryan

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman might have gotten a little carried away with its "blackout" promotion at Thursday's 67-17 ESPNU-televised victory over North Carolina A&T.

b-cc_catAs the crowd of 8,112 dressed in black was enjoying a quick 19-0 Wildcat start, a blown transformer and weather delay kept Municipal Stadium in the dark for one hour, 26 minutes before power was restored. At first, it looked like a concert with cell phones lighting the stands before both teams headed to the locker rooms. Some B-CU players thought the darkness was actually part of the presentation.

"I went up to Coach (Brian) Jenkins and asked if they were taking this too far," kidded Wildcat quarterback Matt Johnson. "The cell phone lights were cool, but then we realized what was going on."

Once the game resumed, the 12th-ranked Wildcats offense played lights out, racking up over 621 total yards and its third ten-touchdown game of the season.

Johnson rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 154 yards and another score, and Isidore Jackson rushed for 76 yards and three touchdowns as B-CU improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference.

There was little letdown after the delay, as Bethune-Cookman scored on six of its eight first half possessions to take a 39-17 halftime lead. "I told our guys to stay in the moment no longer how long the delay took," Jenkins said. "We had to be ready to reach the goals we set."

North Carolina A&T (1-8, 1-5) stayed with B-CU and scored 17 points in the portion of the first half after the blackout, but was held scoreless in the second half.

Meanwhile, B-CU scored 21 points in the third quarter as Johnson connected with Eddie Poole on a 37-yard TD pass and back-up Jackie Wilson rushed for two scores. Troy Dannehower concluded the scoring with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Patrick Harris.

Jackson led a B-CU rushing attack that amassed a season-high 461 yards. "We came out and played Wildcat football and took advantage of opportunities given us," Jenkins said. "Running backs ran hard and the o-line was outstanding. I'm excited about the way those guys played."

Ryan Davis led the B-CU defense with an interception, quarterback sack and two hurries as the Wildcats forced five turnovers and held the Aggies to 74 yards passing. Mike Mayhew did have a strong rushing effort with 211 yards on 31 carries.


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