ROCKY MOUNT, NC- Senior running back Kevin Swain rushed for two touchdowns as Elizabeth
City State University held on for a thrilling 23-21 win over Saint Augustine's University
Saturday afternoon at the 15th Annual Down East Viking Football Classic.
Swain capped an 8 play, 69 yard drive with a 16 yard score at the 9:49 mark of the
opening quarter and added a 13 yard TD with 53 seconds left in the first half.
The Viking defense turned in their best performance of the season holding the Falcons'
offense to a season low 190 total yards while surrendering only one offensive score.
ECSU yielded just 55 yards to Saint Augustine's ground game while Brad Davis pressured
SAU quarterback Teddy Bacote four times, sacking him twice during crunch time late
in the fourth quarter. Davis' two sacks went for a loss of 13 yards along with six
solo stops, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Even with the Vikings' stellar defensive effort, the night's highlight reel belonged
to Falcon wide receiver Tyron Laughinghouse. Laughinghouse's brilliance single handedly
kept the Falcons in the game with two huge plays on special teams. After the Vikings
went up 21-7 on a 27 yard TD pass from Namon Jones to Keith Strickland, Laughinghouse
took the ensuing ECSU kickoff 95 yards to the house for a score.
ECSU managed to snatch some of the momentum back when the extra point attempt was
blocked by Devon Price and subsequently scooped and returned for a defensive two points
by Nigel Rios. That made the score 23-13 with 6:34 left in the third quarter.
Although Rios' scoop and score would prove to be the game's point differential, Laughinghouse
was not finished. He struck again on special teams, this time with a 77 yard punt
return with 10:08 left in the game. Brian Richards ran in a two point conversion to
make the score 23-21.
The Falcons got their last crack a scoring with 1:35 remaining in a drive that began
at their own 40. However after converting a first down the ECSU defense stiffened
and held at the Viking 45 yard line. The Falcons turned the ball over on downs and
ECSU took a knee to end the contest. The win over the Falcons (3-2, CIAA 1-1) make
in five straight victories for ECSU at the Down East Viking Football Classic and they
have won their last four meeting versus the Falcons. ECSU (3-2, CIAA 2-0) will return
to action on Saturday, October 6 when they travel to Petersburg, VA to take on Virginia
State University. Game time is scheduled for 1:00pm. For more information on ECSU
Athletics, visit www.ecsuvikings.com and follow on Twitter @ECSUVikings.