DURHAM, N.C. -- Juwan Carter threw for 230 yards and four touchdowns and Marcus Taylor rushed for 132 yards and two scores as Norfolk State held off a late charge to beat North Carolina Central 28-21 on Saturday.
North Carolina Central had won 18 straight conference games before falling to the Spartans.
NCCU (5-2, 3-1), the defending conference champ, closed to 21-14 when Naiil Ramadan hit Josh McCoy on a 23-yard strike early in the fourth quarter. Carter answered with a 58-yard bomb to Taylor and Ramadan and McCoy combined again to trail 28-21 with 6:12 left.
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