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Jah-Maine Martin adds name to NC A&T ‘Running Back U.’ lore
299-yard outing is third-best in school history
 
Published Friday, September 20, 2019 11:19 am
by Brian Holloway | For The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | ERIN E. MIZELLE
North Carolina A&T running back Jah-Maine Martin rushed is the latest in a long line of star Aggies rushers. He ran for 299 yards last week against Charleston Southern.

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There is a tradition of greatness at running back when 299 yards rushing is the third-best single-game performance in a school’s football program’s history.


Junior running back Jah-Maine Martin added to the lore at North Carolina A&T by rushing for 299 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Aggies to a come-from-behind 27-21 win over Charleston Southern Saturday at Buccaneer Field.


Former Aggie Maurice Hicks holds the best two performances with a then-NCAA record 437 yards rushing at Morgan State in 2001 and 353 yards rushing against S.C. State in 2000.


Martin’s touchdowns went for 84 and 76 yards respectively. His 84-yard run is the fifth-best in school history, tied with Tarik Cohen (2016) and Michael Basnight (1996).


“Our running backs coach (Shawn Gibbs) always tells us that running backs have to be the spark plugs of the offense,” said Martin. “I put that in my head and said, ‘Hey it’s time to go for it.’”


Martin’s spectacular night and the Aggies comeback overshadowed another mark in school history. Senior wide receiver Elijah Bell became the Aggies’ all-time leading receiver in yards, breaking a record Herbert Harbison had for more than three decades. Bell broke the record on a 42-yard reception from quarterback Kylil Carter with 9:23 remaining.


Bell leads all Aggies with 2,347 career receiving yards. Harbison finished his career with 2,301. Bell is 11 receptions shy of becoming the school’s all-time leader.


All of those above accomplishments were irrelevant in the first half as the No. 17 Aggies (2-1) were just trying to figure out a way to slow down the Buccaneers (0-3), who led 14-6 at halftime.


“There start was so huge,” said A&T coach Sam Washington. “We started so flat, it terrified us. We felt like when we got a chance to go into the locker room, we get would get things back on track. We thought we were going to be fine and we were.”


A&T started by making personnel changes. Chris Moseley started at cornerback to open the second half and senior safety Jalon Bethea saw a lot more action. The Aggies also rolled Carter out of the pocket to complete passes on the run.


“The main adjustment we made was putting people out there who wanted to be out there,” said Washington who saw his defense hold the Bucs to 101 yards of offense in the second half. “We didn’t change what we were doing, we just changed who we were doing it with.”


The Aggies have a bye week before facing their first MEAC opponent in Delaware State on Sept. 26 at BB&T Stadium.


The game will be televised live on ESPNU with a 7:30 p.m. start.

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