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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Bowie State defense made two huge interceptions in the end zone and came away with a 23-13 road win at Winston-Salem State on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs improve to 5-0 on the season (2-0 CIAA) while Winston-Salem State falls to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.bsufb100519Lawrence Johnson Photo

"The guys were resilient, and Winston gave us everything they had", said Bowie State head coach Damon Wilson after the game. "We went into halftime and it was a dogfight and we knew that. The guys came out in the second half and against some adversity we finally got the good field position and went into score."

Winston-Salem State draws first blood at the 11:44 mark of the second quarter as Farrell Murchinson scores on a 3-yard run to give the Rams a 7-0 lead.

With 4:35 to go in the second quarter, Dominique Graves connected with Cameron Williams for a 20-yard touchdown pass and catch but the PAT was blocked and returned for two points by Tevin Singleton (District Height, Md.), setting the score at 13-2 Winston-Salem State.

The Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 13-9 following on a 23-yard scamper by Ja’rome Johnson (Washington, D.C.) at the 1:33 mark of the second quarter.

Bowie State takes the lead with 18 seconds to go in the third quarter on a Johnson to DuShon David (Washington, D.C.) 3-yard touchdown pass, giving the Bulldogs a 16-13 advantage, capping off a-play, 98-yard drive.

Demetri Morsell (Upper Marlboro, Md.) picked off his second interception of the game with 2:18 remaining in the contest, killing a WSSU Rams scoring threat. "I wasn't surprised," Wilson said about the passing play on third down. "They had been doing a good job running the ball, so I think they maybe tried to catch us off guard, but Demetri stayed home and did his job. He also caught one while going out of bounds so he's a great athlete", stated Wilson.

The Bulldogs were not able to capitalize on the Rams turnover. Bowie State’s Kenny Amaya (Bladensburg, Md.) booted a career-long 64-yard punt, pinning Winston-Salem State at the Rams’ 5-yard line. With 34 seconds left on the Bowman Gray Stadium scoreboard.

WSSU’s Graves first pass of the drive was incomplete and his second pass was a pick six by BSU’s Tevin Singleton and returned for a 12-yard touchdown sealing the Bulldogs win.

Johnson led the Bulldogs offensively with a career-high 122 rushing yards and added 77 passing yards in the victory. Redshirt freshman Darius Bowman caught a team-high three receptions for a team-high 45 yards while senior Anthony Howard (Temple Hills, Md.) led all defensive players with a game-high 11 tackles (7 solo).

The Bowie State defense sacked Winston-Salem State quarterbacks four times with Jason Rogers (Laurel, Md.) accounting for a pair while Jonathan Ross (Waldorf, Md.) and Joshua Pryor (Baltimore, Md.) tacked on one each.

The Bulldogs return home next Saturday (October 12) to host the Chowan University Hawks in a 1 p.m. Homecoming game in Bulldogs Stadium.

~BSU Sports Information


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