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Bowie State Beats Shaw 31-24 in Double Overtime

Courtesy of Bowie State University | 9/27/2009, 5:11 p.m.

Freshman quarterback Emmanuel Yeager threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to senior Larry Dixon to lift Bowie State University to a 31-24 double overtime victory over Shaw University in the 6th Annual Prince George€s Classic, held on Sat. Sept. 26 at Bulldog Stadium. Yeager, who was voted the game€s Most Valuable Player, completed 15-of-22 passes for 128 yards. Junior Rodney Webb rushed for a game and career-high 174 yards for BSU€s Bulldogs. Bowie State's Freshman quarterback Emmanuel Yeager Courtesy Photo
Shaw (4-1, 1-1 CIAA) scored the first points of the afternoon following Bowie State€s first miscue of the game. Shaw€s LaMichael Howell recovered a Bowie State fumble and ran 58 yards untouched into the Bulldogs end zone. Kicker Caleb Reid added the extra point for an early 7-0 lead. The Shaw Bears took a 14-0 first quarter advantage following a one-yard touchdown run by Raymond Williams with 2:36 left in the opening period.

Bowie State sophomore Michael Gagne kicked a 24-yard field in the second quarter, capping off a 10 play, 78 yard drive, making the score 14-3. Shaw€s Lyncon Shepherd kicked a 37-yard field goal for the Shaw Bears.

Sophomore Clifton €Dominique€ Budd caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Yeager in the second quarter, trimming the deficit to 17-10. Shaw committed its first turnover of the game on a Bowie State interception. Bowie State€s Webb wasted tied the game at 17-17, as he scrambled 47 yards to score a touchdown just before the half. Both teams were scoreless in the second half.

In the first overtime, Raymond Williams ran for 24 yards, giving the Bears a 24-17 lead. The Bulldogs answered with a Rodney Webb two-yard run to tie the score once again.

In the second overtime period, Bowie State went on offense first. Yeager was sacked by Frederick Sparkman for a loss of five yards on BSU€s first play. Yeager then threw two incomplete passes on second and third down, but then connected with Dixon for the game winning score.

Shaw€s Williams picked up three yards down to the Bowie State 22 yard line on the Bears€ first play in the second overtime period. Fortunately, for Bowie State, Brandon Landers threw three straight incomplete passes to seal the win for the Bulldogs. Landers threw for a game-high 140 yards and Williams rushed for a team-high 108 yards to lead Shaw on offense. Callahan Bright and Sparkman paced the Bears on defense with 10 and nine tackles respectively.

Senior Anthony Green was Bowie State€s top receiver, catching four passes for 43 yards. Sophomore Delano Johnson led the Bowie State defense with eight tackles and senior Yusef Dorman-El added another seven.

Bowie State (3-2, 2-0 CIAA), travels to Lincoln, Pa. on Sat., Oct. 1 to face the Lions in a 1 p.m. contest at Avon Grove High School.

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