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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bowie State Football Finale, BSU Mens Hoops get trounced at UMD

Bowie State Seniors Go Out with a 35-30 Season Finale Victory against Elizabeth City State

BOWIE, Md. (November 8, 2014) – In the final game of the season for both teams, Bowie State claimed a 35-30 victory over Elizabeth City State. The win, Bowie State’s third in a row and winners of five of their last six games, closeout the season with a 5-5 overall record and 5-2 in the CIAA.

As a team, the Bulldogs rolled up 434 yards of total offense with graduate student Matthew Goggans (Pine Grove, Calif.) responsible for a personal season-best 368 passing yards and four touchdowns. Junior Garry Cropper (Odenton, Md.) was Bowie State’s top receiver with a career-best 119 yards on eight catches. The Bulldogs defense was led by graduate student Christopher Townsend (Washington, D.C.) with a team-high 10 tackles.

Bowie State University used a big third quarter and held off a late Viking rally to topple Elizabeth City State University 35-30 Saturdayafternoon at Bulldogs Stadium.

Elizabeth City State’s Tyrell Houghton (Reidsville, N.C.) topped all performers posting career highs in both passing and rushing. Houghton had four passing touchdowns finishing with 485 yards though the air and carried the ball eight times for 105 yards on the ground both game-highs. As a team the Vikings totaled an impressive 617 yards of offense, their largest output since October 19, 2013 when they hung 585 yards on The Lincoln University.

However despite their big offensive numbers, two costly turnovers were major momentum swings that would turn in the favor of the Bulldogs.

Defensively the Vikings were paced by Stephen Williams who led all defenders with a game high 14 tackles.

Elizabeth City State (4-6, 3-4 CIAA) held a 10-7 lead in the second quarter faced third and goal at the Bowie State one yard line. A bad exchange between Houghton and Kenny King was recovered by BSU’s Townsend, costing the Vikings a scoring opportunity. Another chance at putting points on the board was squandered when in the BSU red zone when Houghton’s pass was intercepted in the end zone and returned by redshirt freshman Austin Phillips (Pomfret, Md.) to the ECSU 43.

For the day the Vikings were 4-for-7 in the red zone and were flagged 10 times for 118 yards.

The Bulldogs had seemingly put the game away after Goggans’ fourth passing TD of the day gave Bowie State 35-17 lead with 7:26 left in the game.

The Vikings rallied back scoring two touchdowns in less than a minute in the final 1:41 of the contest. Antonio Gunter (Raleigh, N.C.) hauled in a four yard scoring pass and after a successful onside kick, the Vikings struck again with 53 ticks left. Javoris Bryant (Decatur, Ga.) recorded a five yard TD reception from Houghton, his second score of the day, pulling Elizabeth City State within striking distance. Bryant had a career day, catching nine passes for a game-high 222 yards. Montario Hunter (Ahoskie, N.C.) also eclipsed 100 receiving yards, recording 167 yards on the loss.

However the Vikings did not convert the two point attempt and their try for another onside kick was covered by BSU’s Cropper.  The Bulldogs then ran out the clock for the five point win.

Prior to the game, 11 Bulldogs seniors (Keith Brown, Joseph Coates, Nigel Cross, Mario Diaz-Aviles, Jeremy Dorsey, Khari Lee, Jeffrey Ojiribe, Paxton Queen, Jair Ramos, Christopher Townsend and Leroy Williams) were honored.

Maryland Terrapins Cruise to 89-47 Exhibition Win over Bowie State Bulldogs

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (November 8, 2014) – The Maryland Terrapins led from start-to-finish against Bowie State, cruising to an 89-47 exhibition win over the Bulldogs.

Junior Justin Beck (Baltimore, Md.) paced the Bulldogs with team-highs of 10 points and six rebounds.  Junior Andre Jackson (Baltimore, Md.) added nine points which included a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line while fellow junior Julian Livingston (Bowie, Md.) contributed six points.

When asked about Bowie State’s overall performance, sixth year head coach Darrell Brooks said, ““I thought that in the first half we shot very poorly and I know we are a much better shooting team. You have to give their defense credit and I thought we just missed some shots that were open that we should have made. I thought that at times we let the lack of shooting affect how we played in other areas of the game, which we cannot allow to happen. I thought we played hard.”

Maryland shot 57.8 percent from the field (26-for-45) compared to 22.2 percent (16-for-63) for Bowie State. The Bulldogs shot well at the charity stripe, knocking down 14-of-19.

Jack Layman led four Terps in double figure scoring, pumping in 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens added 13 and 12 points respectively for Maryland and Dez Wells tallied 11 points on the afternoon.

In terms of playing in a big arena against Maryland, Brooks said, “I really like [Turgeon’s] team and they play very hard. The good thing for them is that they have young guards, but they are only going to get better and better. We were beaten by the better team, but it is nice to know we are still 0-0 and nobody got hurt. Whenever we play in an arena like this against a program like Maryland, we just have to play better, especially on the offensive end. We will be better and we look forward to getting back to work on Monday and opening up the regular season next weekend.” 

The Bulldogs open the regular season on Friday (November 14th) versus Millersville in the opening game of the Lincoln (Pa.) University Classic. Tip time is set for 6 pm.

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