Sunday, September 25, 2016
NORFOLK, Virginia -- All of Norfolk State’s issues so far this season were on display Saturday at Dick Price Stadium.
The Spartans dropped passes. They backed themselves up with untimely penalties and sacks. They fumbled in their own red zone and gave up big plays.
And somehow, they almost found a way to overcome it all.
Malcolm Bell passed for 196 yards and rushed for another 77, including a game-clinching fourth-quarter touchdown, to lead North Carolina Central to a 34-31 win over Norfolk State in the MEAC opener for both teams.
The Spartans (1-3, 0-1 MEAC) lost their league opener for the first time since 2012. They started 2-0 in the conference each of the past three seasons.