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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bowie State Rolls Over Chowan 39-11 to Spoil the Hawks’ Homecoming

Bennett Sets New BSU Single Game Completions Record

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Bowie State University recorded a second half shutout and rolled to a 39-11 road win at Chowan University on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Bulldogs their conference record to 2-1 and move to 2-4 overall.

Junior Trevon Bennett (Fort Washington, Md.) completed 33-of-44 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bowie State offense. Bennett’s 33 completions set a new Bulldogs single game record, surpassing the old mark of 32 by Dominique “Clifton” Budd (2010 vs. Virginia Union). Junior Kayvone Spriggs paced the Bulldogs rushers with a team-high 41 yards.

The Bulldogs defense was led by graduate student Christopher Townsend (Washington, D.C.) with seven tackles.

Chowan (1-5, 1-2 CIAA) got on the scoreboard first at the 13:53 mark, capitalizing on the games’ opening drive. Chowan’s Ryan Nolan threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to DaSean Martin. The Hawks’ two-point conversion was good for the early 8-0 lead on a short 3-play, 65 yard drive.

Bowie State put their first points on the board at the 3:13 mark of the first quarter on a 17-yard field goal by Mario Diaz-Aviles (Washington, D.C.) to trim the Hawks lead to 8-3.

Diaz-Aviles booted his second field goal of the afternoon, this time from 27 yards away, to cut the deficit to 8-6 with 12:32 left in the second quarter. The Bulldogs took the lead at the 10:11 mark on a 26-yard field goal by Diaz-Aviles.

The Hawks regained the lead with 6:44 left in the first half following a 45 yard field goal by Nick Hahula, setting a school record previously held by Angel Bonilla in 2003.

The Bulldogs took the lead right back on a Bennett to junior Jamal Chappell (Baltimore, Md.) nine yard pass and catch. Bowie State went for two and the conversion was good as Bennett connected with redshirt sophomore Jordan Garrison (Baltimore, Md.), sending the Bulldogs into halftime with a 17-11 advantage.

Bowie State increased their lead to 25-11 at the 4:30 mark of the third quarter on a Bennett to freshman Kerrick Pollock (Miami, Fla.) six yard touchdown. Junior Kendall Jefferson (Temple Hills, Md.) ran it in for the two point conversion. Pollock finished the game as Bowie State’s top receiver with six catches for 65 yards.

Chappell scored his second touchdown of the contest with 13:19 left in the game, when he hauled in a pass from Bennett and scored a 27 yard touchdown. The Diaz-Aviles extra point extended the Bulldogs lead to 32-11.

Chowan’s JR Williams took the ensuing kickoff 71 yards down to the Bowie State 14 yard line. However the Hawks went backwards from that point, running three plays for a minus 14 yards.

With Chowan facing a fourth and 24, Bulldogs redshirt junior Curtis Pumphrey recorded his third interception of the season and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown to put the final nail in the coffin.

Three different Chowan quarterbacks saw action with Dain McFarland throwing for 133 yards, completing 13-of 30 passes bit was intercepted three times. Ryan Nolan led the Hawks in reception yards with 96 and Lydell Washington was Chowan’s top tackler with 13.

The Bulldogs return home next Saturday (10/18) to host the Trojans of Virginia State University in a 4 pm Homecoming contest in Bulldogs Stadium.

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