Virginia Union University used a 16-point second quarter to gain all the momentum needed en route to a 37-13 victory over Bowie State University on Oct. 20 in Richmond, Va.

The win improved Virginia Union’s record to 4-4 overall (2-3 CIAA). Bowie State fell to 4-4 overall (2-3 CIAA).

Redshirt quarterback Jared Johnston led the Bowie State offense with 98 passing yards, completing nine-of-19 passes with one interception before being pulled in the third quarter.

Redshirt sophomore Keith Brown was Bowie State’s top rusher with 68 yards on 18 carries and junior Corwin Acker added 60 rushing yards on 12 carries. Redshirt junior Delante White paced the Bulldogs defense with eight tackles in the loss. Another bright spot for Bowie State was the play of junior Anthony Gary, who recorded two interceptions, two pass breakups and collected five tackles.

The Bowie State defense surrendered 250 total yards in the first half, but only allowed Virginia Union 71 total yards in the second half.

“We had the ball in red zone several times off defensive turnovers but were unable to take advantage of the opportunities”, said Bowie State head coach Damon Wilson.

Virginia Union was led offensively by freshman quarterback Kenneth Graham who was 13-of-30 on passing attempts with 112 yards, but was intercepted three times. Senior running back Jerrell Washington led the Panthers in rushing with 73 yards on 19 carries. The Panthers defense was led by senior linebacker Obi Ezemma with a game-high nine tackles and senior linebackeer Dominique Anderson added eight total tackles and a fumble returned 36 yards for a touchdown.

Layeni ended the afternoon as Bowie State’s second leading tackler with seven to go along with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

The Bulldogs travel to Lincoln University of Pennsylvania on Oct. 27 to face the Lincoln Lions in their homecoming game. Lincoln suffered a road loss on Oct. 20 as well, falling 23-3 to Virginia State.


Greg Goings

Special to the AFRO