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Sophomore quarterback Tarian Ayres tossed two touchdowns and sophomore running back Kavon Bellamy ran for another score to help the Virginia State University (VSU) Trojans defeat the Bowie State University (BSU) Bulldogs 24-14 during BSU’s homecoming on Oct. 18 at Bulldogs Stadium in Bowie, Md.

Bowie State led 14-0 in the second quarter following a nine-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Trevon Bennett and a short running touchdown by graduate student Kendall Jefferson. But the Bulldogs went scoreless the rest of the way as Virginia State racked up 24 unanswered points.

Virginia State (5-2 overall, 4-0 Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA)) got on the board with a five-yard touchdown pass by Ayres to sophomore receiver Willie Stubblefield late in the second quarter.  After a VSU field goal cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 14-10, Bellamy later ran in for a five-yard touchdown to push the Trojans ahead, 17-14 in the third quarter. Bellamy also caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Ayres in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game.

Bellamy finished with 72 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Ayres completed 18 of 28 pass attempts for 139 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Bennett was 22 of 34 for Bowie State with 208 passing yards, one touchdown and an interception. Jefferson had just 39 rushing yards with a touchdown, while senior running back Keith Brown added 46 rushing yards for the Bulldogs.

Bowie State (2-5 overall, 2-2 CIAA) will travel to Richmond, Va. to face top-ranked Virginia Union (6-1 overall, 4-0 CIAA) on Oct. 25.