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Sunday, October 7, 2012



MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Chowan scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, but Bowie State redshirt sophomore Keith Brown rushed for a 57 yard touchdown to lift the Bulldogs to a thrilling 35-31 victory against the Hawks.

Brown finished the night with a game and career-high 132 rushing yards and two touchdowns to lead Bowie State. The victory snaps a two-game losing streak and improves the Bulldogs record to 4-2 (1-2 CIAA).

Chowan missed a great opportunity score early but fumbled the ball deep in the Bulldogs territory on the Hawks’ opening drive. Bowie State was unable to capitalize and turned the ball back over to Chowan on downs.

The Hawks’ third red zone opportunity finally resulted in positive result.  After two unsuccessful Hawks red zone attempts, quarterback Cameron Stover rushed for an 8-yard touchdown with 1:20 left in the first quarter for the games’ first six points.  Alex Noboa added the extra point to give Chowan a 7-0 advantage.  Stover completed 8-of-12 first quarter passes for 108 yards, but was intercepted once by BSU redshirt freshman Antoine Young.

Bowie State quickly responded with 14:53 left in the second quarter when redshirt sophomore Jared Johnston flipped a short 5-yard pass to sophomore Khari Lee for six Bulldogs’ points. Redshirt sophomore Mario Diaz-Aviles converted the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

Bulldogs junior Corwin Acker provided a second quarter spark with two huge runs of 46 and 24 yards that put Bowie State in the Hawks red zone. Sophomore Keith Brown rushed for a 4-yard touchdown run to give Bowie State a 14-7 lead at the 10:26 mark of the second quarter.

The Bowie State defense pressured Stover in the first half, sacking him four times. Sophomores Oladimeji Layeni and Eric Walters recorded three and one first half sack respectively.

Bowie State’s Johnston scampered around the right end for a 49 yard touchdown run on the Bulldogs’ first play from scrimmage to open the third quarter. The Diaz-Aviles extra point gave Bowie State a 21-7 cushion

With 12:13 left in the third quarter, Noboa booted a 27 yard field goal to trim the Chowan deficit to 21-10.

The Bulldogs extended their lead to 28-7 following a 1-yard rush up the middle by Johnston with 5:58 to play in the third, capping off an 11-play, 81 yard drive.

An exciting 40-yard reception by Antjuan Randall put the Hawks in Bulldogs territory at the 15 yard line. Two plays later, JR Williams found paydirt from 5-yards out. Chowan went for two, but the conversion was picked off in the end zone, setting the score at 28-16.

Chowan (3-3, 2-1 CIAA) inched closer at the 13:53 mark of the final quarter, following a 1-yard run by Adrian Ferns. Noboa added the extra point, cutting the Bowie State lead to 28-23.

Faced with a fourth and 12, Stover connected with Randall for a 26 yard gain and crucial first down. Stover hit Damien Ellis for a 7-yard touchdown with 6:45 remaining. Stover found Randall for the two-point conversion, putting the Hawks back in front at 31-28.

Bowie State had one more opportunity with 2:43 remaining in the game. Faced with a third and three from the Chowan 43 yard line, Brown rumbled 57 yards for a Bulldogs touchdown, shifting the advantage back to Bowie State at 35-31 with 33 seconds left to play.

Johnston led Bowie State with 164 passing yards, completing 16-of-29 passes. Senior Douglas McNeil, III led BSU with 54 reception yards and Lee added 50 yards. Young and Walters were Bowie State’s top defenders with 11 tackles each.

Stover threw for a game-high 311 yards, completing 22-of-33 passes and Ryan Nolan was his leading target with 130 reception yards on nine catches.

The Bulldogs will entertain the Trojans of Virginia State University for Homecoming 2012 next Saturday (October 13th). Kickoff is set for 1 pm in BSU’s Bulldogs Stadium.

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