DOVER, Del. (AP) - Nick Elko threw for 245 yards and a touchdown and Delaware State's defense forced three turnovers in the Hornets' 24-0 win over North Carolina A&T on Saturday.
It was Delaware State's first shutout since the Hornets (4-3, 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) defeated the Aggies 27-0 in 2007.
Elko completed 22 of 36 passes and was sacked just one time. His 13-yard touchdown pass to Travis Tarpley gave the Hornets a 14-0 lead.
Mitchell Ward pushed that lead to 17-0 at halftime with his 23-yard field goal.
Delaware State's defense took over in the second half. Quintin Fortes recovered a North Carolina A&T (3-4, 1-3) fumble in the quarter and Jermond Colston intercepted Lewis Kindle's pass and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown in the fourth.
Ernest Adjei and Joe Boyd led Delaware State's defense with 12 tackles apiece. The Hornets tallied seven tackles for loss.
|DEST||Nagee Jackson 1 yd run (Mitchell Ward kick)|
|DEST||Travis Tarpley 13 yd pass from Nick Elko (Mitchell Ward kick)|
|DEST||Mitchell Ward 23 yd FG|
|DEST||Jermond Colston 85 yd interception return (Mitchell Ward kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||4-14||8-18|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||0-1|
|Kick Return Yds||65||9|
|Punt Return Yds||4||17|
|Time of Poss.||27:13||32:47|
|NCAT: Mike Mayhew 14-50, Leroy Bradford 7-36, Lewis Kindle 5-36, Ricky Lewis 5-26, Marquis Gorham 1--5, Team 1--19|
|DEST: Dae-Hon Cheung 16-43, Nagee Jackson 12-9, Nick Elko 3-4, Lamar Shaw 2-4|
|NCAT: Lewis Kindle 23-36-174-1|
|DEST: Nick Elko 22-36-245-0|
|NCAT: Marquis Gorham 6-66, Mike Mayhew 5-27, Ricky Lewis 3-18, Larry Raper 2-15, Leroy Bradford 2-14, Trey Long 2-4, Donta Prince 1-13, Darren Bullock 1-9, Devin Moore 1-8|
|DEST: Travis Tarpley 9-128, Justin Wilson 4-43, Ryan Langdon 3-20, Josh Bailey 2-25, Milton Williams 2-17, Justin Brewton 1-7, Dae-Hon Cheung 1-5|