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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Bowie State Bulldogs Take Down McKendree Bearcats 47-41 in Non-Conference Play

Bowie State Bulldogs Take Down McKendree Bearcats 47-41 in Non-Conference Play
Hall Sets New School Single Game Completions Record

LEBANON, Ill. – Bowie State University controlled the game from beginning to end and earned a 47-41 non-conference road victory at McKendree University on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Bulldogs’ record to 2-1 while the Bearcats drop to 2-1.

Bowie State racked up 570 yards of total offense with senior quarterback Amir Hall leading the attack with 352 passing yards (2 TD’s) and 95 rushing yards (1 TD). Hall completed a school record 41 passes surpassing his own school tying record (34) set last season against Delta State (11/18/17) and that of Matthew Goggins (9/19/15) at Central Connecticut State. Redshirt junior Brandon Abrams (Baltimore, Md.) accounted for 91 rushing yards and two scores. Redshirt senior Lansana Sesay (Bowie, Md.) led all receivers with 114 reception yards on 11 catches. Seniors Taylor Johnson (Washington, D.C.) and Derrick Tate along with redshirt junior Oluwaleke Ajenifuja (Beltsville, Md.) led the Bulldogs defense with six tackles each.  

Bowie State took opening possession 86 yards capped off by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Hall to redshirt sophomore Montez Clay (Baltimore, Md.) for the early 7-0 lead at 9:24 mark of first quarter.

McKendree counters with a 6-play, 88-yard drive, capped off by a 62-yard touchdown pass from Reece Metcalf to Matt Cole to set the score at 7-6 with 7:15 to go in opening quarter.

The Bulldogs defense holds on the next Bearcats possession and Bowie State capitalized on McKendree penalties to account for Bowie State’s scoring opportunity. Hall scored on a 6-yard run and freshman Cooper McGeehan added the extra point to give the Bulldogs a 14-6 lead with 51 seconds left in the first quarter.

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With 12:29 to go in the second quarter Bowie State’s Abrams busted around the left side for a 10-yard touchdown run to give the Bulldogs some breathing room at 21-6.

McKendree’s Metcalf completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jalyn Williams at 7:41 mark of the second quarter to cut the Bowie State lead to 21-13.

BSU’s Abrams scored his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon, this time from five yards out and McGeehan’s PAT pushed the Bulldogs lead to 28-13 with 4:14 remaining before halftime.

Senior Maurice Williams (Baltimore, Md.) pounded in for a 1-yard touchdown to extend the Bowie State Bulldogs’ lead to 35-13 at halftime.

With 8:30 on the third quarter clock, Hall connects with redshirt senior Daryl Jasper (Capital Heights, Md.) for 6-yard score, giving Bowie State a 41-13 cushion, capping off a 12-play, 60-yard drive.

Metcalf threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Preston Thompson at the 7:05 mark of the third quarter but the McKendree Bearcats trailed 41-20.

The Bulldogs respond on its next possession with a 65-yard touchdown run by Hall to give Bowie State a 47-20 advantage with 5:40 left in the third quarter. The 65-yarder by Hall was the longest of his career.

The Bearcats were able to get six points back on their next possession via a Metcalf pass to Zach Bobos for 10-yard touchdown. Josh Lazaro’s point after attempt was good, setting the score at 47-27.

McKendree trims Bowie State lead to 47-34 with 10:12 left in the contest after Metcalf pass to Josh Revay for 10-yard touchdown.

The Bearcats scored as time expired when Metcalf tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass Revay as time expired to account for the final tally of 47-41.

Metcalf threw a school record six touchdown passes (354 yards) for McKendree, completing 25-of-44 passes. His primary target was Revay with a team-high eight receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

Bowie State will closeout its four-game, season opening road trek on Saturday (September 22) at Saint Augustine’s University (Raleigh, N.C.). Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in the George Williams Athletic Complex on the Falcons campus.

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