North Carolina Central University celebrated homecoming with a 42-14 victory over Delaware State University in front of a capacity crowd of 14,117 fans inside O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium on Saturday.
NCCU senior wide receiver Jacen Murphy collected 10 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns. His 10 catches ties for fifth in Eagles' single-game history, while 189 receiving yards ties for ninth all-time at NCCU.
NCCU (6-2, 4-1 MEAC) amassed 401 yards of total offense with freshman quarterback Chauncey Caldwell accounting for 252 total yards and four scores. The Durham, North Carolina native completed 17-of-29 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 10 yards and a pair of trips to the end zone.
Wide receiver David Miller grabbed three passes for 58 yards and a score for the Eagles, running back Ramone Simpsonbulled his way into the end zone from a yard out, and quarterback Naiil Ramadan tossed a 36-yard touchdown.
Defensively, NCCU recorded four sacks and three interceptions. Junior safety Davanta Reynolds picked off his fourth interception of the season and added four tackles and a pass break-up. Junior cornerback De'Mario Evans tallied six takedowns and an interception, while sophomore defensive end Kawuan Cox contributed six stops with two sacks.
Delaware State (1-7, 1-5 MEAC) was led by sophomore linebacker Brian Cavicante with 16 tackles, including 3.0 hits for a loss. Wide receivers Trey Gross (8 catches, 71 yards) and Kwannah Kollie (3 receptions, 107 yards) each caught touchdown passes for the Hornets.
Up next, NCCU travels to Hampton University on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.