NORFOLK, Va. – DeAngelo Branche rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown and Dwight Fluker-Berry scored on a 50-yard fumble return as Norfolk State defeated North Carolina A&T 23-14 Saturday.
With Branche carrying the ball 38 times, the Spartans (1-1, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) had 195 yards on the ground while holding the Aggies (0-2, 0-1) to 31 yards rushing.
After Chris Walley's 27-yard touchdown pass to Victor Hairston, Branche scored on a 2-yard run for a 13-0 Norfolk State lead with 14:55 left in the first half.
Brandon Hover scored on a 9-yard fumble recovery to pull North Carolina A&T within 13-7 at halftime.
After Corwin Hammond forced Shelton Morgan to fumble at midfield and Fluker-Berry ran it in for the score, Ryan Estep's 27-yard field goal made it 23-7 with 1:52 left.
Torrian Warren returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards for an Aggies touchdown.