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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bowie State Trounces Lincoln 76-19 in Home Football Finale

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.

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