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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Chowan Spoils Bowie State Homecoming with 31-21 Victory

BOWIE, Md. – Chowan University (3-3, 2-1 CIAA) overcame a 14-point deficit and spoiled Bowie State’s Homecoming, beating the Bulldogs 31-21.

The Bulldogs (2-4, 0-3 CIAA) were led by junior quarterback Jared Johnston (Dumfries, Va.) with 247 passing yards, completing 17-of-28 and one touchdown. Redshirt junior running back Keith Brown (Temple Hills, Md.) rushed for a team-high 101 yards on 21 carries. Sophomore Nyme Manns (Fort Washington, Md.) hauled in seven receptions for a team season-best 159 yards and one score.

Junior linebacker Anthony McDaniel (Fort Washington, Md.) and redshirt defensive back Curtis Pumphrey (Laurel, Md.) paced the Bulldogs defense with six tackles each. McDaniel was also credited with two sacks, four tackles for a loss, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

DaSean Martin (Las Vegas, Nev.) led the Hawks' offense with 22 carries for 102 yards.  Martin scored three of the Hawks' four touchdowns in the win, one receiving and two rushing.  Robert Holland (Newport News, Va.) had a team-high seven receptions for 100 yards on the afternoon and one touchdown.  Dain McFarland (Glendale, Ariz.) completed 11-of-24 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns.   Defensively, Jason Ampy (Sutherland, Va.) led all players in the game with nine tackles (four solo and five assisted).

Bowie State scored 14 unanswered points in the first quarter to take an early lead in the contest.  Kendall Jackson capped a six-play, 65 yard drive with a one yard touchdown run for the first score at the 12:05 mark of the opening quarter, and notched a second rushing touchdown with 2:32 remaining in the first quarter to lead the effort.

The Hawks responded with a score of their own midway through the second quarter as Martin's two yard rush topped an 11-play, 65 yard drive.  Alex Noboa's point after attempt was good, making the score to 14-7.  Martin rushed for his second touchdown of the contest in the third quarter with 2:52 on the clock to put the Hawks within reach of the Bulldogs, but Noboa's point after attempt was blocked resulting in Bowie State maintaining a narrow 14-13 lead.

BSU’s Johnston connected with Manns on a 57 yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left in the third quarter to shift the momentum back to Bowie State.  Junior Mario Diaz-Aviles' (Washington, D.C.) point after was good, extending the Bulldogs' lead to 21-13.

The Hawks regrouped to score 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.  McFarland's three yard pass to Holland with 11:08 on the clock followed by a successful two-point conversion with the McFarland-Holland duo knotted the score 21-21.  The Hawks forced the Bulldogs to punt on their next drive.  Chowan used a 59 yard run by Anthony Clanton (Fayetteville, N.C.) and a 18 yard touchdown pass from McFarland to Martin to take a 27-21 lead.  Noboa's point after attempt was good, giving the Hawks a 28-21 advantage.

Devahn Murphy (Darien, Ga.) picked off Johnston's pass on the next drive, giving the ball back to Chowan.  The Hawks then used Noboa's 32 yard field goal with2:01 left in the contest to secure the 31-21 win. 

Bowie State travels to Virginia State next weekend for a 2 pm Homecoming clash against the Trojans. Virginia State routed Elizabeth City State 51-28 on the roadSaturday afternoon.

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