Bowie State looked vulnerable after a loss to Chowan two weeks ago, but today in Richmond they made a huge statement that they are back. The Bulldogs (6-2, 3-1) knocked off Virginia Union (6-2, 3-1) Saturday afternoon 27-13. Virginia Union came into the day as the division leader in the CIAA North but could not hold serve at home.
BSU roles into Richmond for a CIAA showdown with the Panthers of Virginia Union to decide first place in the Northern Division. BSU 27 VUU 13. This is how you celebrate a hard fought conference win. We are Bowie State University #coolmac @BSU_Sports_Info @CIAAForLife pic.twitter.com/uvBwkBa0wT
— Clyde Doughty Jr (@clyded) October 20, 2018
Trailing by three after a VUU field goal, Bowie State’s Amir Hall connected with junior Brandon Abrams for a 56-yard touchdown at the 9:39 mark of the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. The Bulldogs led 13-3 at halftime after a pair of field goals.
Virginia Union jumped back into the game in the third quarter, when quarterback Darius Taylor rushed for a 6-yard touchdown to trim the lead to 13-10 with 3:01 left in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, something really special happened for Bowie State and specifically Amir Hall. The senior quarterback found Maurice Williams on a 40-yard touchdown pass to give BSU a 20-10 lead with 11:57 to go. That touchdown allowed Hall to surpass N.C. Central’s Earl “Air” Harvey for second place on the CIAA’s All-Time leader in TD passes. Kam Smith from Winston-Salem State is the all-time leader with 96 touchdowns.
There was no time to celebrate, however, as the Panthers closed the gap to 20-13 with just over nine minutes to play on a field goal.
Bowie State has now beaten VSU and VUU. Bulldogs remaining schedule is Lincoln and ECSU. Absent some catastrophic meltdown of epic proportions, BSU should be the team going to the championship game for the North. The South still is a race between WSSU and FSU.
— Kris (@d2kferg) October 20, 2018
Abrams put BSU in a comfortable spot with a 9-yard touchdown run later in the fourth although Virginia Union threatened to make this one an anxiety-filled ending. The Panthers had two touchdowns called back on penalties on their ensuing drive and Bowie’s defense held them to a turnover on downs in the red zone.
The win puts the Bulldogs into first place in the CIAA North with a favorable schedule ahead. Bowie State will finish the season out with games against Lincoln (PA) and Elizabeth City State University. Virginia Union will need some help and still has to deal with a very tough Virginia State squad to end the season.
— Cook20 (@AntoineECook1) October 20, 2018
Hall completed 33-of-49 passes for a game-high 370 yards, Tabyus Turner led Virginia Union with 131 rushing yards.