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The Bowie State University (BSU) Bulldogs earned a seed in the Super Region One playoff tournament after a stellar regular season where they won nine games compared to just one loss. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, their success wouldn’t extend any further as they lost badly to Assumption College, 51-29, in the first round of the tournament on Nov. 21 in Worcester, Mass.

The loss ends Bowie State’s postseason campaign with a 9-3 record; BSU fell to Winston-Salem State in the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) championship game on Nov. 14.

Assumption bullied the outmatched Bulldogs from the start, scoring 21 points before Bowie State was able to find the scoreboard. The Bulldogs scored 19 points in the second half, but Assumption had a comfortable lead by then and simply scored enough to keep BSU far out of reach.

The Bulldogs played without its rookie quarterback Nyema Washington, who won many games for Bowie State this season. He was replaced by senior Trevon Bennett, who struggled, tossing three interceptions to just one touchdown. 

Bulldogs senior receiver Nyme Manns had a big game despite the loss; he recorded a game-high 14 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown.

BSU graduate running back Kendall Jefferson didn’t have much room to run, rushing for just 25 yards on nine carries.