The Bowie State (BSU)Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Virginia Union University(VUU), 32-29, in a Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) football matchup on Sept. 24 in Richmond, Va.

The Bulldogs have been a very explosive offensive team so far this season, but it was VUU who made most off their offensive plays on Saturday. Virginia Union quarterback Cheston Hickman completed 19 of 35 passes for 320 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown pitch to Jerrell Washington in the third quarter. Washington also rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns as VUU accumulated more than 500 total offensive yards.

Meanwhile, Bowie State didn’t find its usual offensive rhythm, turning the ball over three times. BSU senior quarterback Clifton Budd rushed for 141 yards and passed for 247 yards. But he also tossed a costly interception and the Bulldogs gave up two fumbles.

“Virginia Union is a good football team and they capitalized on our mistakes”, Bowie State coach Damon Wilson said. “We had too many penalties and we turned the ball over too many times … When you do those things against a good team, you’re going to lose.”

The Bulldogs fell to 3-1 this season and will try to start up another winning streak as they travel to Virginia again Oct. 1 to take on Virginia State.

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor