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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Bowie State Bulldogs Shut Out Johnson C. Smith’s Golden Bulls 24-0

BOWIE, Md. - The Bowie State University Bulldogs (1-4, 1-1 CIAA) football team snapped a four-game skid and shutout the visiting Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University 24-0 on Saturday afternoon. The shutout was the first for Bowie State since a 14-0 blanking of Saint Paul’s in 2009, Coach Damon Wilson’s first season.

Bowie State defense held Johnson C. Smith (1-4, 0-2 CIAA) to 240 yards of total offense. On the flipside, Bowie State accumulated 457 yards of total offense which included a season-high 284 rushing yards.

Graduate student Christopher Townsend (Washington, D.C.) led the Bulldogs with six total tackles. The BSU trio of redshirt sophomores Bryan Blue (Accokeek, Md.), Rahsaan Moore (District Heights, Md.) and redshirt junior Curtis Pumphey (Laurel, Md.) tallied five tackles apiece in the win.

Junior Trevon Bennett (Fort Washington, Md.) threw for 173 yards (15-of-29) and two touchdowns with senior Khari Lee (Baltimore, Md.) leading all receivers with 87 yards on six receptions and one touchdown. Bowie State redshirt senior Keith Brown (Temple Hills, Md.) led all rushers with 102 yards on 22 carries, both personal season-highs.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first at the 11:50 mark of the first quarter following a four yard TD run by junior Kendall Jefferson (Temple Hills, Md.), capping off a 10-play, 84 yard game opening drive. The extra point by senior Mario Diaz-Aviles (Washington, D.C.) was good for the early 7-0 lead.

Bowie State increased its lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter on a shuttle pass from Bennett to Brown for an 8-yard score at the 2:10mark, capping off a 16-play, 73 yard drive.

The Bulldogs extended their lead to 17-0 at the 9:17 mark of the second quarter following a Diaz-Aviles 25 yard field goal.

Bowie State’s defense kept the Golden Bulls on JCSU’s side of the field on its first two third quarter possessions. Johnson C. Smith’s first possession of the second half netted on six yards on three plays and six yards on five plays on their second possession of the third quarter. In fact, the Golden Bulls never got into the red zone and their deepest penetration was to the BSU 23 yard line late in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs scored their final points of the afternoon with 2:45 left in the third quarter. On BSU’s 10th play of the drive, Bennett connected with Lee for a 35 yard touchdown. Lee did most of the work on the play, breaking tackles and running over several Johnson C. Smith defenders down the Golden Bulls sideline, extending the Bowie State lead to 24-0.

Johnson C. Smith quarterback Keahn Wallace (Miami, Fla.) paced the Golden Bulls with 134 passing yards, completing 18-of-33 and added 17 rushing yards. De’Erik Bradley (Columbia, S.C.) posted a team-high 72 rushing yards while Avius Capers had six receptions for 51 yards. Austin Jacques (Springdale, Md.) was all over the field, racking up a game-high 23 tackles in the loss.

Bowie State University will hit the road for their next CIAA contest, as the Bulldogs make a trip to Murfreesboro (N.C.) to take on the Hawks of Chowan University. This homecoming game will kickoff at 3 pm in CU’s Garrison Stadium.

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