Olivo’s field goal lifts NC Central to victory in closing seconds

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – North Carolina Central University junior Adrian Olivo kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired to secure a 22-20 come-from-behind road victory for the No. 25 Eagles over Tennessee Tech University on Saturday inside Tucker Stadium.

Olivo’s heroic kick, his third field goal of the day, capped a 12-play, 53-yard game-winning drive after Tennessee Tech took the lead on a touchdown with just 2:43 left in the contest.

NCCU improves its overall record to 9-2, becoming just the sixth team in school history to win nine games in a season, a feat last accomplished in 2016.

Junior running back Latrell Collier recorded a game-high 130 yards and a touchdown on the ground to top NCCU’s 216-yard rushing performance. Saturday marks the fourth time this season Collier has reached the century mark in rushing yards. 

NCCU quarterback Davius Richard added 54 rushing yards, including a 35-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, while also completing 16-of-29 passes for 143 yards. 

E.J. Hicks and OrTre’ Smith topped the NCCU receiving corps with four catches each, followed by Joaquin Davis and Tynez Warner with three receptions apiece.

Defensively, NCCU forced four TTU turnovers with an interception by Christian Smith (his second of the season), a fumble forced by Manny Smith and a recovery by Khalil Baker, and two turnovers on downs.

Lineman Jaden Taylor led the NCCU defense with nine tackles, including a stop for a loss, followed by Baker with eight takedowns and Manny Smith with seven stops.

The MEAC champions, under the direction of head coach and NCCU alumnus Trei Oliver, now prepare to take on the winner of the SWAC championship game in the Cricket Celebration Bowl on Dec. 17 in Atlanta. Visit thecelebrationbowl.com for ticket and hotel information.

For more information about NCCU Athletics, visit NCCUEaglePride.com or download the NCCU Eagles Athletics app.

Next Game:
vs. Celebration Bowl
12/17/2022 | 12 pm

Team Statistics

Total Yards359348
Pass Yards143189
Rushing Yards216159
Penalty Yards0-07-52
1st Downs2318
3rd Downs6-124-12
4th Downs1-22-4
NCCU12:18 – NCCU – Collier, Latrel 37 yd run (Olivo, Adrian kick), 3 plays, 60 yards, TOP 1:1670
NCCU04:44 – NCCU – Olivo, Adrian 25 yd field goal 12 plays, 57 yards, TOP 5:57100
NCCU02:35 – NCCU – Olivo, Adrian 26 yd field goal 15 plays, 58 yards, TOP 7:46130
TTU00:57 – TTU – ALLEN, Jayvian 1 yd run (OLSEN, Hayden kick), 8 plays, 64 yards, TOP 1:38137
TTU06:15 – TTU – BARNHART, Hunte 21 yd pass from OATSVALL, Jerem (OLSEN, Hayden kick) 6 plays, 56 yards, TOP 2:461314
NCCU14:54 – NCCU – Richard, Davius 35 yd run (Richard, Davius pass failed), 1 plays, 35 yards, TOP 0:061914
TTU02:43 – TTU – OATSVALL, Jerem 1 yd run (MILLER, Willie pass failed), 11 plays, 65 yards, TOP 4:121920
NCCU00:00 – NCCU – Olivo, Adrian 36 yd field goal 12 plays, 53 yards, TOP 2:402220

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