Senior kicker Mario Diaz-Aviles nailed a 41-yard game-winning field goal to lead the Bowie State Bulldogs to a 20-17 overtime victory over the Virginia Union Panthers on Oct. 25 in Richmond, Va.
Diaz-Aviles had also connected on a 27-yard field goal near the end of the fourth quarter that tied the game for Bowie State, forcing the overtime period. Bowie State had struggled to produce much on offense against the Central-Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (CIAA) second-ranked team VUU (6-2 overall, 4-1 CIAA), scoring only one touchdown the entire game.
Starting junior quarterback Trevon Bennett was benched after completing just four of 14 pass attempts for a mere 34 passing yards, no touchdowns and an interception thrown. He was replaced by former starter, graduate student Matthew Goggans, who had just a tad more success, completing 12 of 34 pass attempts for 110 yards, while also tossing a pick.
Bowie State’s run game wasn’t at its best either, but the Bulldogs did score a rushing touchdown, produced by graduate student running back Kendall Jefferson. Bowie State’s only other touchdown score came from its defensive unit in the third quarter as graduate student linebacker Christopher Townsend picked up a fumble and ran it back 36 yards for the defensive touchdown.
Bowie State (3-5 overall, 3-2 CIAA) will face Lincoln University (1-7 overall, 0-5 CIAA) on Nov. 1 at Lincoln U Football Stadium in Lincoln, Pa.