The Bulldogs improved to a 3-0 overall, 2-0 division after blowing out Livingstone College, 41-14, during the Bowie State (BSU) 2011 Homecoming in Bowie, Md. on Sept, 17.
BSU racked up 413 total yards, while scoring six touchdowns against their Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) opponent, a performance that thrilled Bowie State alum and students in the wake of tragedy.
“I think it was good win for the university and hopefully picked up the spirits of the alumni, students, faculty and staff after the tragic loss of one of our students (Dominique Frazier) earlier in the week”, said Bowie State Head Coach Damon Wilson.
Bowie State gave up the first points of the game as Livingstone running back Jamel Moore ran in a 2-yard touchdown to push Livingston ahead, 7-0, at the top of the second quarter.
But the Bulldogs’ offensive unit didn’t take long to answer as redshirt freshman Kendall Jefferson ran a punt back 42 yards for a touchdown. Senior quarterback Clifton Budd then pushed Bowie ahead, 13-7 on a 3-yard touchdown run on the following BSU drive. His 35-yard touchdown pass to junior Kevin James gave Bowie a 19-7 lead going into halftime. Clifton finished the game completing 12 of 20 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Senior receiver Douglass McNeil III led BSU with six catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns.
On defense, junior linebacker Bekewele Amadi led the Bulldogs with nine tackles, including two for loss of yards. Delante White and Quentin Walker both intercepted passes for Bowie. Still, coach Wilson says there’s room for improvement.
“We have to do a better job protecting the ball offensively, especially scoring in the red zone,” he said, “and we must get our defense off the field on third down and stop giving those guys an opportunity to convert.” Bowie State will try to advance to 4-0 when they travel to Richmond to face Virginia Union University on Sept. 23.