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AGGIES CLINCH A SHARE OF MEAC TITLE

North Carolina A&T can't quite have a "celebration" yet, but the Aggies can claim their second straight MEAC football championship after defeating Delaware State 27-6 Saturday afternoon at Aggie Stadium.

Junior running back Tarik Cohen became the Aggies all-time leading rusher in the first quarter of Saturday's game, as he surpassed Mike Mayhew on a 28-yard run. Cohen had 132 yards on 17 carries while freshman quarterback Kylil Carter accounted for three Aggie touchdowns including one on the ground. As a runner he finished with 84 yards on 21 carries.

The win clinches at least a share of the MEAC title for No. 14 N.C. A&T (9-1, 7-0 MEAC). A&T has produced back-to-back 9-win seasons for the first time since doing it three straight seasons from 1990-92.

The Aggies must go through their arch-rivals N.C. Central (7-3, 6-1 MEAC) Nov. 21 at Aggie Stadium in order to claim the title outright. A win over the Eagles would also give Aggies a berth to the inaugural Celebration Bowl, which pits the MEAC champion against the SWAC champion at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Dec. 19. Bethune-Cookman also has a chance to claim a share of the conference title. Underdog Delaware State (0-10, 0-7 MEAC) tried to throw off the Aggies' plans, but could not generate enough offense. The Hornets were held to 14 yards rushing and 174 yards of offense as the Aggies held a team to under 100 yards rushing for the sixth straight game.

N.C. A&T led 6-0 at halftime thanks to a 9-yard touchdown pass from Carter to junior receiver Denzel Keyes. Carter threw his second touchdown of the game to Khris Gardin on a double move by the receiving that freed him up for a 35-yard touchdown reception. But the Hornets found themselves down only seven in the first quarter when Brycen Alleyne scored from four yards out to cut N.C. A&T's lead to 13-6.

Senior Tony McRae helped the Aggies put the game away on the ensuing kickoff as he returned a squib kick 75 yards for his third career kickoff return for touchdown. Carter added a 1-yard run late in the game.