It didn’t come easy, but the Bowie State Bulldogs were able to claim a victory during their homecoming celebration Oct. 16, erasing a nine-point deficit late in the game to beat the Lincoln University Lions, 24-18, in Bowie, Md.

Lincoln surprised BSU early, leaping out to a 12-0 lead. Quarterback Laquan Williams led Lincoln with two touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air. DeAnte Smith also scored a 26-yard touchdown for the Lions.

But Bowie State’s defense eventually proved why it’s the top-ranked defensive unit in the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association, holding Lincoln scoreless in the final 36 minutes of the game. With the defense limiting Lincoln to 207 total yards of offense, Bowie’s offense was able to do just enough to pull off the comeback victory.

BSU tailback Rodney Webb led his team with 59 yards on 15 carries including a 2-yard touchdown run that gave the his team a 24-18 lead in the fourth quarter. Star quarterback Clifton Budd also contributed to the Bowie running game, adding 30 yards and a 20-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He also completed 13 of 24 passes for a game-high 167 passing yards.

On defense, Sterling Grant-Jones led BSU with eight tackles, while Bekewele Amadi followed with six tackles. Lincoln’s Bucele Sterile has a game-high 11 tackles in the loss.

Bowie State advanced to a 4-1 CIAA North Division record (4-4 overall) and will play its home finale on Oct. 23 in another CIAA matchup against Elizabeth City State University. The team will mark Breast Cancer Awareness Day during the game, and 14 BSU seniors will be honored at a special awards ceremony on the field at 12:30 p.m.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor