The Bowie State Bulldogs scored four touchdowns and added two more field goals, yet still fell three points short of earning their first win of the season, falling to the undefeated Livingston College, 36-33, on Sept. 27 at Alumni Memorial Stadium in Salisbury, N.C.
It was one of the most tightly contested games so far of the season for both teams. The lead was exchanged or tied six different times during the game before Livingston eventually pulled out with its fourth win of the season.
Bowie State had a chance of securing their first win of the year after graduate student running back Kendall Jefferson ran in for an 8-yard touchdown to push the Bulldogs ahead, 33-26, with 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
But Livingston quarterback Drew Powell fired back with his fourth touchdown pass of the game to tie the score at 33. Livingston then made stops on defense before setting up a game-winning field goal for the win.
Powell led the game with 423 total yards from scrimmage; he completed 25-of-43 pass attempts for 329 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for 94 yards.
Jefferson led Bowie State with 68 rushing yards and senior running back Keith Brown added 65 yards and two touchdowns. Junior quarterback Trevon Brown had a rough game for the Bulldogs; he passed for only 208 yards and tossed three interceptions.
Bowie State will try to win its first game of the season when it hosts fellow Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) member, Johnson C. Smith University, on Oct. 4 at Bulldogs Stadium in Bowie, Md.