Bowie State hangs on to beat Virginia State, 51-44


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44 VSU

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51 BSU


Bowie, Md. – Senior Ja’rome Johnson (Washington, D.C.) threw two touchdowns and rushed for one in the second half as the No. 16 Bowie State University recovered after giving up 41 points to beat the Trojans of Virginia State University, 51-44 on Saturday in the highest-scoring game this season for both teams at Bulldogs Stadium.

The win extends the BSU’s win-streak to six straight as the No. 16 Bowie State overall record improves to 6-1, 4-0 in the CIAA and 2-0 in the North while Virginia State drops to 2-4 overall, 2-2 CIAA and 1-1 in the North.

The Bulldogs had a 21-3 lead at halftime after getting off to a hot and quick start. Johnson opened the contest on a 31-yard scoot, followed by a two yard rushing touchdown from senior running back Calil Wilkins (Temple Hills, MD) and a 44-yard reception TD for redshirt sophomore receiver Keshane Hinckley(Laurel, MD). The Trojans lone score in the opening half came from a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter.

VSU found life in the second half, ignited by a 34-yard reception touchdown for Roy Jackson, III at the 13:14 mark. A few possessions later, the Trojans cut the Bulldogs lead (21-17) when Upton Bailey broke away for 74-yards for a touchdown with 7:26 left in the third quarter.

Later on in the third frame, the Bulldogs defense caught a break when graduate senior and defensive back Myles Wolfolk (Largo, MD) caught a pick-six for 27-yards to the house, followed by four-yard scamper from Johnson that provided Bowie State with a 35-17 cushion but VSU was able to cut that lead to 12 (35-23) when Andre Jackson returned a kickoff for 93-yards. After a blocked extra point attempt, senior defensive back Tevin Singleton (District Heights, MD) captured a PAT return to end the quarter.

With a 37-23 lead heading into the fourth quarter, both teams went point-for-point up until the final minutes of the game. VSU had scored three times – all of which were reception touchdowns but the Bulldogs also scored twice, including a 24-yard notch for redshirt sophomore receiver Darious Bowman(Fort Washington, MD) at the 6:20 mark as BSU’s defense was able to hold off a comeback from the Trojans to survive on the ensuing possession.

For the contest, BSU accounted for 502-yards of total offense – highlighted by 256 rushing yards while VSU registered 505 total offensive yards, including 366 on the ground.

Johnson went 14-of-25 for 246-yards and three touchdowns while on the ground he rushed for 51-yards and two touchdowns. Wilkins recorded 168-yards on 29 carries and a TD while Bowman tallied two scores for 36-yards and two catches.

Redshirt sophomore Raymond Boone (Landover, MD) led the Bulldogs defense with seven total tackles (six solo), a tackle for loss and fumble recovery while redshirt sophomore linebacker Shaun Tolbert(Baltimore, MD) added six tackles.

No. 16 Bowie State will return to action next Saturday, Oct. 23 at Virginia Union for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

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10/23/2021 | 1 pm

Team Statistics

Game StatsVSUBSU
Total Yards505502
Pass Yards139246
Rushing Yards366256
Penalty Yards2-218-59
1st Downs2123
3rd Downs3-135-13
4th Downs0-30-1
BSU11:27 – BSU – JOHNSON,Ja’rome 31 yd run (OMERHODZIC,Alen kick), 6 plays, 82 yards, TOP 3:3307
BSU07:25 – BSU – WILKINS,Calil 2 yd run (OMERHODZIC,Alen kick), 7 plays, 59 yards, TOP 2:05014
BSU13:37 – BSU – HINCKLEY,Keshan 44 yd pass from JOHNSON,Ja’rome (OMERHODZIC,Alen kick) 6 plays, 80 yards, TOP 2:48021
VSU04:56 – VSU – WOOLFOLK,Nichol 20 yd field goal 11 plays, 68 yards, TOP 4:17321
VSU13:14 – VSU – JACKSON III,Roy 34 yd pass from CALDWELL,Chaunc (WOOLFOLK,Nichol kick) 5 plays, 75 yards, TOP 1:461021
VSU09:42 – VSU – BAILEY,Upton 74 yd run (WOOLFOLK,Nichol kick), 3 plays, 88 yards, TOP 0:591721
BSU07:26 – BSU – WOLFOLK,Myles 27 yd interception (OMERHODZIC,Alen kick)1728
BSU02:44 – BSU – JOHNSON,Ja’rome 4 yd run (OMERHODZIC,Alen kick), 3 plays, 26 yards, TOP 0:281735
VSU02:32 – VSU – JACKSON,Andre 93 yd kickoff return (WOOLFOLK,Nichol kick blocked)2335
BSU02:32 – BSU – SINGLETON,Tevin 98 yd PAT return2337
VSU14:54 – VSU – ODEN,Tylin 12 yd pass from CALDWELL,Chaunc (WOOLFOLK,Nichol kick) 4 plays, 55 yards, TOP 1:243037
BSU11:54 – BSU – BOWMAN,Darious 12 yd pass from JOHNSON,Ja’rome (OMERHODZIC,Alen kick) 6 plays, 60 yards, TOP 2:513044
VSU11:09 – VSU – PHILLLIPS,Marqu 22 yd pass from CALDWELL,Chaunc (WOOLFOLK,Nichol kick failed) 3 plays, 79 yards, TOP 0:393644
VSU09:36 – VSU – PHILLLIPS,Marqu 8 yd pass from CALDWELL,Chaunc (DEAN,Jaylon pass) 3 plays, 21 yards, TOP 0:344444
BSU06:20 – BSU – BOWMAN,Darious 24 yd pass from JOHNSON,Ja’rome (OMERHODZIC,Alen kick) 6 plays, 43 yards, TOP 3:064451

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