DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University amassed 393 yards of total offense and kept Shaw University off the scoreboard in a 41-0 win in the Eagles’ home-opener at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium on Saturday.
A near capacity crowd of 9,141 fans watched a pair of NCCU freshmen account for four of the team’s five touchdowns. Redshirt freshman running back Isaiah Totten rushed for a game-high 66 yards with two 25-yard trips to the end zone. True freshman quarterback Chauncey Caldwell ran for 63 yards with a 13-yard score and completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver David Miller. Caldwell completed all five of his passes for 47 yards.
The Eagles’ other touchdown was contributed by junior running back Dorrel McClain on a 1-yard scamper, which was set up by a 27-yard catch by sophomore receiver Xavier McKoy.
Junior placekicker Aedan Johnson made field goals of 25 and 37 yards, while converting all five extra-point kicks to post 11 points for NCCU (1-1).
Leading the charge in NCCU’s shutout performance was senior defensive end Antonio Brown with six tackles, including 3.5 hits for a loss and two sacks, along with a fumble recovery. Ruben Saunders and Davanta Reynolds topped the Eagles with seven takedowns apiece, while Reynolds added an interception.
Shaw (0-2) managed 156 yards of total offense, with 102 passing yards and 54 rushing yards. The closest the Bears got to the end zone was the NCCU 42-yard line.
NCCU has a bye week before returning home for a Thursday night ESPNU televised contest on Sept. 21 versus MEAC foe South Carolina State University. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.