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CIAA Week 9 Recap

Bowie State 76, Lincoln 19

BOWIE, Md. – Bowie State held Lincoln to 267 total yards in a 76-19 home finale thumping at Bulldogs Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The 76 points is the second highest (83 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson – 1975) in Bowie State history. The Bulldogs won their second straight game to improve to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the CIAA. The Lions dropped their seventh straight to fall to 1-8 and 0-6.

Bulldogs senior Jared Johnston led the assault completing 13-of-23 passes for 226 yards, setting a new BSU season passing yards record. The prior record (1,538) was held by former Bulldog Clifton "Dominique" Budd in 2010.

In terms of team superlatives, the Bulldogs set a new single game record for first downs with 27, surpassing the old mark of 25 set back in 1982 versus St. Paul's College. BSU fell just shy of setting a record in offensive yards, rolling up 557.

The Bulldogs defense limited the Lincoln Lions to 30 yards rushing and 237 yards through the air. Lincoln was 8-for-18 on third down conversions in the contest.

Bowie State opened the scoring on a blocked Lincoln field goal attempt by sophomore Curtis Pumphrey (Laurel, Md.). Pumphrey returned it 70 yards for a defensive touchdown and the extra point by junior Mario Diaz-Aviles (Washington, D.C.) gave the Bulldogs the early 7-0 lead.

Lincoln responded with a five-play, 82 yard drive that resulted in a Lions touchdown. The big play during the drive was 74 yard pass and catch by Doug Cook (Miami, Fla.) to Akeem Jordan (Washington, D.C.). After two incomplete passes, Cook connected with Jordan for a 13-yard score.

A Diaz-Aviles 25-yard field goal at the 6:43 mark of the first quarter moved the Bulldogs lead to 10-6. The BSU defense forced a Lincoln three and out setting up the Bulldogs next score.

Bowie State redshirt sophomore Kendall Jefferson (Temple Hills, Md.) scored the first of his two touchdowns on the afternoon, scampering in from 14 yards out to put the score at 17-6.

Cook's second and final TD pass came with 1:45 left in the opening quarter when he flipped a high end zone corner pass to Anthony Green (Chester, Pa.) for an eight yard score. Kyle Jaske (Escondido, Calif.) added the extra point to trim the Bulldogs lead to 17-13.

The Bulldogs exploded for 35 second quarter points and strolled into halftime with a cushy 52-13 stronghold. Bowie State scored on all five of their second quarter possessions.

Bowie State put together a nine-play, 78 yard drive to begin the third quarter, capped off by Jefferson six-yard touchdown run to extend the Bulldogs lead to 59-13.

The Bulldogs defense held Lincoln again on their next drive and Jefferson returned a Jaski punt 53 yards for another BSU score and a 66-13 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Bowie State's reserves saw plenty of action in the fourth quarter. Of the 18 Bulldog plays run over the final 15 minutes, 17 were runs. Freshman Stephen Willis toted the ball nine times for 68 yards, second best for the game.

Senior Keith Brown scored his second touchdown (12th of the season) from one-yard out on BSU's first possession of the fourth quarter, padding the Bulldogs lead at 73-13.

Bowie State's final points on Senior Day came via a 39 yard field goal by Diaz-Aviles with 4:45 remaining in the game.

Lincoln had two more possessions over in the final minutes of the game and managed to score with three seconds left on the clock. With 2:22 remaining, Cook continued to air it out with nine straight passes. The biggest play during the Lions final drive was a 23 yard reception by Jordan down to the BSU five yard line. Three plays later, Steve Gilliam (Bowie, Md.) rushed around the right end for a four-yard TD run and final 76-19 score.

Cook completed 20-of 41 passes for a game-high 232 yards and two scores, but he was sacked six times. Jordan recorded game-highs of nine receptions and 153 yards to lead the Lions receivers.

Tyahir Mitchell (Wilmington, Del.) and Gavin Lampkin (Baltimore, Md.) paced the Lincoln defense with 10 tackles apiece.

Redshirt freshman Kevaugn Townsend (Ft. Washington, Md.) led the Bowie State defense with seven tackles, including one behind the line-of-scrimmage and a forced fumble. Redshirt sophomore Denzel Prince (Temple Hills, Md.) had five tackles, four solo; while senior Delante White (Temple Hills, Md.) and sophomore Ronald Baines (Clementon, N.J.) had four tackles each.

Sophomore Garry Cropper (Odenton, Md.) had a team-high five catches for 66 yards and one score to lead the BSU receivers. Brown led the Bulldogs with 28 rushes for 143 yards, his fourth game over 100 yards and is currently 106 yards shy of 1,000 for the season.

The Bulldogs close out the 2013 season next Saturday (November 9th) at Elizabeth City State University. Game time is 1:00 pm in ECSU's Roebuck Stadium.


Virginia State 28, Chowan 0
MURFREESBORO, N.C. --- Virginia State (8-1, 6-0) claimed the CIAA Northern Division title and a trip to the CIAA Championship game and Jordan Anderson became just the fourth Trojan in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season as Virginia State whitewashed Chowan (3-6, 2-4), 28-0, at Garrison Stadium in Murfreesboro, N.C. to extend its winning streak to seven.

With the win, Virginia State will advance to the CIAA Championship game on Nov. 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Anderson finished the day with 160 yards giving him 1,021 for the season. He becomes the first Trojan since Taron Hampton rambled for a school-record 1,076 yards in 2008 to reach the 1,000-yard plateau.

Chowan was able to move the ball in the first half but turned the ball over on downs in each of its first three possessions. The Hawks converted just one of six fourth-down conversions in the first half and one of eight for the game.

After a scoreless first quarter, Virginia State struck first when Anderson broke loose, avoided tackles and tip-toed along the sideline 12 yards for a touchdown. Shawn Hunt's extra point gave the Trojans a 7-0 advantage with 5:10 to go before halftime.

Behind the running of Anderson, Virginia State took the opening kick of the second half and marched 75 yards in nine plays culminating in Anderson's one-yard run for a score to up the Trojan lead to 14-0.

The Trojan defense registered its seventh score of the season when Devonte Piggott intercepted a Chowan pass and ran it in from six yards out to boost the Virginia State lead to 21-0 with 4:33 left in the third quarter.

Late in the third quarter, Anderson broke loose and rambled 73 yards for the game's final score. The run gave him more than 1,000 yards rushing on the season.

The 28-0 shutout marked the second time this season the Trojan defense had whitewashed an opponent.

Coach Latrell Scott's team closes out the regular season on Nov. 9 when Virginia State hosts archrival Virginia Union at 2:00 p.m. at Rogers Stadium setting up the league championship game a week later.


Elizabeth City State 28, Virginia Union 21
RICHMOND, VA- The Elizabeth City State University Vikings won their third straight with a 28-21 victory over Virginia Union University Saturday afternoon at Hovey Field.

Although they only had 52 student-athletes active on Saturday's roster the Vikings managed to extend their win streak against Virginia Union as they have defeated the Panthers eight straight times. The Panthers last defeated ECSU 14-6 in Richmond during the 2005 season.

The Viking defense, only 22 deep, answered the call early in Saturday's contest forcing five first quarter turnovers. ECSU converted a Panther fumble on the game's opening drive into 7 points with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Petey Boone. ECSU got good field position again after the Panthers' ensuing drive and fake punt was snuffed out by the defense at the Viking 48 yard line.

Virginia Union struck right back, picking off an errant pass by Tyrell Houghton at the Panther 46 yard line. VUU then faced 3rd and 4 at the Panther 42 when a sack fumble by Jeffrey Robinson was picked up and returned by Kendall Sellers 40 yards to the end zone for a 14-0 lead.

ECSU forced another turnover on the Panthers' next drive when Corey Davis intercepted a pass at the Viking 38 yard line. Their ensuing drive did not yield a score but ECSU got another crack on offense after Denzel Duchenne muffed a punt that was returned by Lavonte Baker to the Panther 10 yard line. Four plays later Boone ran in from one yard out for a 21-0 lead with 1:38 left in the opening quarter.

Virginia Union got on the board with 9:18 remaining in the first half when a 4-yard TD run by Damon Kelly capped a 14 play, 75 yard drive. ECSU held a 21-7 lead at the intermission.

The Panthers finished the day with an impressive 342 rushing yards and controlled the ball with over 37 minutes in time of possession but ultimately were not able to make up ground because of the five first half turnovers. They also held the edge in offensive plays 68-46 and total offense 342 (34 passing) to a season low 185 for ECSU.

VUU (3-6, CIAA 3-3) scored on their first possession of the second half (11 plays, 92 yards) to pull within a touchdown (21-14) however that drive took nearly 7 minutes off the clock. The Vikings countered with 1:13 left in the third quarter when a 10 yard rushing TD by Ronald Gray, set up by a  60 yard scamper by Tyrell Houghton, made the score 28-14 in favor of ECSU.

Virginia Union pulled back within a touchdown at the 11:31 mark of the 4th quarter but their final two possessions were denied on fourth down by the Viking defense. Tyrel Jones led all defenders with 12 tackles (6 solo).

ECSU (4-5, CIAA 4-2) will return to action for Senior Day 2013 on Saturday, November 9th. The Vikings will close out the 2013 season against Bowie State University with kickoff scheduled for 1pm at Roebuck Stadium.


Fayetteville State 34, Livingstone 31
SALISBURY, NC – Fayetteville State (6-3 overall, 5-1 CIAA) faced a hungry Livingstone (2-7 overall, 1-6 CIAA) who had nothing to lose on their homecoming. The Broncos scored the first touchdown but trailed 14-17 at halftime.  The Blue Bears extended their lead to 24-14 after intermission; but FSU remained in close striking distance, regaining the lead late in the third quarter. Falling behind once again in the fourth, Fayetteville State countered with 3:52 left in the game with a 34-31 lead. The Bronco defense made a game winning stand to stop LC on a fourth-and-seven play to secure the final possession and the victory.

Derek Bryant connected on 17 of his 35 pass attempts for 280 yards and one score.  Dwayne Lorrick pulled in five receptions for 105 yards and the touchdown pass. Courtney Tate and Joseph McLean led the game with 16 and 15 tackles; respectfully.

Travis Scales picked off the Blue Bears first pass of the game with a 13-yard return. Four plays later, Colon Bailey walked into the end zone from eight yards out with 12:16 on the clock.

Livingstone drove to the Broncos 28-yard line on the following possession and missed its 45-yard field goal attempt.  The Blue Bears evened the score with 5:15 left in the first quarter and went ahead 10-7 with a 33-yard field goal with 1:03 left in the first quarter.

After the Broncos failed on a fourth-and-five to start the second quarter on the Blue Bears 25-yard line, Livingstone moved the ball 75 yards in 17 plays for a 17-7 lead. The scoring play was a 22-yard pass from Drew Powell to Jalen Hendricks.

Fayetteville State responded on the next drive with a one yard rushing score by Derek Bryant. The total movement covered 79 yards in 11 plays.

After the extended homecoming intermission, the Blue Bears moved ahead by ten (24-14) with a 34-yard scoring pass from Powell to Miles Harris.

The Broncos closed the gap (24-21) with 2:33 left in the quarter with a three-yard rush by Andre Montgomery. Rendall Mash recovered a LC fumble on the pursuing possession and FSU took a 27-24 lead on a nine-yard pass from Bryant to Lorrick.

Livingstone bounced back with a two-yard rushing touchdown with 6:51 left in the game.

The Bronco defense forced its seventh fumble on the game and regained possession at the 4:34 mark. Jemeryn Jenkins entered the game at the quarterback position and moved the Broncos 41 yards in three plays for the go-ahead lead (34-31). He rushed into the end zone from eight yards out and 3:52 left in the game.

Fayetteville State will travel to site of the 2013 CIAA Football Championships and play Winston-Salem State for the Southern Divisional Title and the rights to return for the conference crown.

St. Augustine's 13, Johnson C. Smith 6

RALEIGH, N.C. - Cyril Davis (R-Fr./Orangeburg, SC) came off the bench in the second half to throw two touchdown passes and Brian Richards (R-Sr./Waldorf, MD) caught six passes for 153 yards and a touchdown as Saint Augustine's University downed Johnson C. Smith University 13-6 in a CIAA football contest at John H. Baker Stadium on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The contest was designated as Senior Day.

"It's Senior Day, and you want to play well," St. Aug Head Coach Michael Costa said. "You want the seniors to go out on a good note. The seniors stepped in and did what they needed to do."

Chris Roberts (R-Soph./Albany, Ga.) recorded 3.5 sacks for the Falcons, who snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the CIAA. The Golden Bulls fell to 4-5 overall and 2-5 in the CIAA after dropping their fourth consecutive game. The Falcons have beaten the Golden Bulls three consecutive times at home.

Davis, playing his first career game, sparked the offense of the Falcons, who trailed 6-0 at halftime. The Falcons took a 7-6 lead in the third quarter on a 65-yard pass from Davis to Chris Dalton (Sr./Statesville, NC) and Michael Lima's (R-Jr./Miami, FL) extra point. On the touchdown play, Dalton turned a short pass into a long run with no defenders in sight to put the Falcons ahead.

The Golden Bulls threatened to re-gain the lead in the fourth quarter. They droved inside the Falcons' 20-yard line, but the Falcons pushed them back to SAU 44-yard line where the Golden Bulls were forced to punt.

The Falcons stretched the lead to 13-6 with 3:25 left on an 89-yard pass from Davis to Richards on their next possession. Davis scrambled to his left to avoid pressure and found a wide-open Richards downfield. Richards caught the pass in stride and ran untouched down the left sideline for the score. The play was the longest this season and one of the longest in school history for the Falcons.

The Golden Bulls drove past midfield on their final possession, but the drive stalled at the Falcons' 48-yard line. Facing fourth down and one, the Golden Bulls were penalized for a false start. On the next play, Kharea Roseboro (R-Jr./Statesville, NC) stopped Kyle Gregg for no gain with a vicious hit on a pass play to give the Falcons possession on downs. Lined up in victory formation, the Falcons ran out the clock for the victory.

Davis threw for 187 yards on 6 of 13 passing for the Falcons and was not sacked. He also threw two interceptions in addition to his two touchdown passes, but his calming presence uplifted the Falcons in the second half.

"He did a good job," Costa said. "Once he starts working more with the first team and gets his timing down, I'm pretty sure he will do even better."

Dalton had three receptions for 91 yards and a score for the Falcons. JJShawn Pinkston (R-Sr./Mooresville, NC) added 46 rushing yards on eight carries.

The Falcons' defense, ranked among the CIAA's best, stymied the Golden Bulls offensive attack until the St. Aug offense got on track. CIAA tackles leader Chaz Robinson (Sr./Hampton, Va.) recorded a game-high nine tackles for the Falcons, who held the Golden Bulls to 73 rushing yards. The Golden Bulls scored 35 or more points in seven of eight games entering Saturday's contest. The Falcons finished with four sacks and picked off three passes – including one each by Jordan Griffin (So./Middletown, DE), Brandon Taylor (Fr./Opelika, AL) and John'ta Cooper (Jr./Cairo, GA).

"I think we played one of the best defensive games we've played in a long time," Costa said.

For the Golden Bulls, Gregg rushed 13 times for 69 yards and Fred Scott caught seven passes for 59 yards. Andrew Alexander competed 13 of 20 passes for 131 yards including a 38-yard scoring pass to LeAnder Barney in the first quarter for the early lead. But Alexander was intercepted once and sacked four times. Keahn Wallace entered for Alexander in the second half and completed 9 of 16 passes but the Falcons intercepted him twice. On defense, the trio of Austin Jacques, Leon Minto and Anthony Allen each finished with five tackles for the Golden Bulls.

Winston-Salem State 28, Shaw 24
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- #13 Winston-Salem State's Rudy Johnson found freshman Chase Powell down the left sideline and Powell powered his way into the endzone with :59 remaining, to give the Rams a 28-24 come from behind victory over Shaw University Saturday at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem

With the win, WSSU moves to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in CIAA play, while Shaw falls to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in CIAA play.

Both teams were chippy in pregame warmups, and the game even started with a 15 yard penalty on Shaw for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Winston-Salem State got on the scoreboard first, midway through the first quarter, when Rudy Johnson found Graham Love in the corner of the endzone to push WSSU out in front, 7-0 after a successful PAT by William Johnson.   The score capped a five play 24 yard drive.

The Rams #1 ranked defense was dominate on this day, and early on, the Bears seemed to not be able to block the talented defensive line of the Rams, as WSSU sacked and stayed in the Bears backfield.

WSSU would find paydirt again three minutes later, after the Rams defense held Shaw to a quick three and out. This time, on a fourth and six, Rudy Johnson would find a wide open Chase Powell behind the Bears secondary for a 36 yards touchdown. William Johnson would convert the PAT to give the Rams a 14-0 lead.

Midway through the second quarter Winston-Salem State would strike again, as on the last play of an eleven play, 48 yard drive, Rudy Johnson would find Eric Williams open on a quick slant in the endzone for another score giving WSSU a 21-0 advantage, and it looked like the route was on.

After a good kickoff return by Shaw, two plays later Trevius Folston found David Jordan open for a 32 yard touchdown, cutting the Rams lead to 21-7.

Winston-Salem State would have the opportunity to put points on the board once more before the half, as William Johnson would connect on a 38 yard field goal with 39 seconds left.

But Johnson would be roughed on the play, and WSSU head coach Connell Maynor would choose to take the three points off the board, giving the Rams a first down from the Shaw 8 yard line.

Maurice Lewis would be stopped short of the goal line on consecutive running plays, and with nine second left, Rudy Johnson would fire a strike to Kenneth Patterson. But Patterson would be flagged for an offensive pass interference penalty, and with less than 10 seconds remaining, it would force a 10 second runoff and end the half with WSSU leading 21-7.

Neither team would be able to make any sustainable drives in the third quarter, other than the Shaw Bears, who would have a 40 yard, nine play drive on their second series, that ended with a Andres Magallon 27 yard field goal.

Early in the fourth quarter, Shaw would pull even closer, as they would take the second half kickoff and march 88 yards in 13 plays, helped out by a huge pass interference call, and Trevius Folston would find David Johnson for a 18 yard touchdown pass, cutting the Rams lead to 21-17.

On the Rams next series, the momentum would swing and not in WSSU's direction, as Rudy Johnson would be picked off for the second time by Shaw's Darnell Evans, but this time Evens would return the interception 88 yards for a pick six, giving Shaw a 24-21 lead with 8:18 remaining.

With 3:19 left, and the WSSU faithful fans cheering them on, the Rams would embark on one of the most important drivers of the year.

On second and six, Rudy Johnson would find Kenneth Patterson for a 25 yard pass, and a facemask penalty by Shaw gave WSSU 15 more yards moving the ball to the Shaw 38 yard line.

After a Shaw timeout with 1:47 left, and WSSU facing a fourth and three, Rudy Johnson would find Chase Powell for a seven yard slant, giving the Rams another first down. And on third and three from the 17 yard line, Johnson would hook up with Powell for the touchdown and game winner, sending the WSSU fans into a frenzy.

Shaw would have one more opportunity with less than a minute to play, and they quickly moved the ball into WSSU territory, but on fourth down Folston pass would be incomplete, giving Winston-Salem State the win.

It was a game marred by penalties, as WSSU was flagged 15 times for 151 yards and Shaw was hit 16 times for 172 yards. The Rams finished with 342 yards of total offense, while the Bears finished with 238 yards.

Offensively for the Rams, Rudy Johnson led the rushing attack with 71 yards on 18 carries, and Maurice Lewis rushed 15 times for 56 yards. Joshua Glisson had six yards on four carries and Chase Powell had one carry for one yard.

Rudy Johnson finished 23 of 32 for 208 yards and four touchdowns while also throwing two interceptions.

Chase Powell led the receiving corps, with seven catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns, while Kenneth Patterson finished with four catches for 50 yards. Maurice Lewis also finished with four catches (4 yards) and Graham Love had three receptions for 17 yards and one score. Jerry Chandler and Eric Williams had two catches each with Chandler going for 14 yards and Williams having five yards and one touchdown. Joshua Glisson had one catch for 28 yards.

Freshman punter/kicker, William Johnson had a solid afternoon with a 33.2 yards per punt average, however, three of his punts were downed inside the 20 yard line. He also converted four of four point after attempts.

Defensively, Carlos Fields led the Rams with eight tackles and a half a tackle for a loss, while Alfy Hill and Daniel Mungin had seven tackles each. Hill also had one sack, 3.0 tackles for loss yards and an interception, and Mungin also had a half a tackle for a loss. Casey Davenport recorded four tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry, while Jerome Junior had four tackles and a half a tackle for a loss. Donnie Owens also added four tackles to go with one sack, 2.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry.

Four Rams had three tackles each, with Everett Proctor getting an interception, Jermaine Kelser picking up one tackle for a loss and one forced fumble, and Michael Bloomfield picking up a sack, a tackle for a loss and one forced fumble. Danny Bunn also finished with three tackles. Larry Hearne had two tackles, as did John Rizor who also picked up a half a sack and a half a tackle for a loss. Nine other WSSU defenders had one tackle each with Chris Howze picking up a fumble recovery and Vernon Brandon picking up a pass breakup.

Winston-Salem State's win sets up a showdown with Fayetteville State in its regular-season finale on Saturday, November 9th at Bowman Gray Stadium. The winner will clinch the Southern Division title and play in the CIAA title game versus the Trojans of Virginia State on November 16th in Bowman Gray Stadium.

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