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CIAA Football Week in Review - Week 6

CIAA Sports Information Office | 10/4/2010, 11:49 a.m.

TROJANS RALLY TO TAKE DOWN BULLDOGS

Jarred Battle's 50-yard touchdown pass to Timothy Paulk with 1:07 left in the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner as the Virginia State Trojans came from behind to beat the Bowie State Bulldogs 16-15 in a pivotal Northern Division game yesterday at Bulldogs Stadium.

The Trojans jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on their second possession of the game when Battle ran it in from one yard out to cap a 10-play, 49-yard drive. Bowie State would knot the game at 7-7 on their next possession when Clifton Budd (189 yards total offense, 2 TDs) hooked up with Tariq Jones on a 7-yard touchdown pass with a little over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Justin Parker's 39-yard field goal would push Virginia State's lead to 10-7. Following a fumble by Battle, Bowie State got the ball at their 47-yard line. Six plays later, Budd threw his second touchdown of the half, a 13-yarder to Ridwan Cole, as BSU reclaimed the lead with :18 seconds left in the first half. The PAT was blocked and the Bulldogs led the Trojans 13-10 at halftime.

The third quarter turned into a defensive battle highlighted by BSU harassing Battle into throwing three drive-killing interceptions. The Bulldogs also dominated the time of possession battle; holding on to the ball for 12:18 to the Trojans' 2:42, but neither team could put any points on the scoreboard.

Bowie State extended their lead in the fourth quarter when an errant Virginia State punt went out of the back of the end zone for a safety to push the lead to 15-10 with 5:48 left in the game. Another Battle turnover, this time a fumble, gave Bowie State the ball back with 2:38 left in the game and a five-point lead. Trying to eat up some clock, BSU went to their running game.

But the Trojans' defense stiffened and forced the Bulldogs to try to convert on a fourth and nine at the VSU 27-yard line. Clifton Budd's pass attempt was incomplete and the Trojans got the ball back with 1:26 left in the game and 73 yards away from the go-ahead score.

Battle (208 yards passing) shook off the effects of the earlier turnovers and quickly moved the Trojans to the 50-yardline on a 12-yard pass to Brian Berry and an 11-yard pass to Paulk (7 catches, 117 yards). On the next play, Battle again found Paulk, this time for a 50-yard bomb that gave the Trojans the lead with 1:07 left in the game.

The 2-point conversion attempt failed and VSU led 16-15. Bowie State had one more shot at getting into range for a game-winning field goal attempt, but the drive came to an end when Budd's pass attempt was intercepted by VSU's Alfred Ngauja and the Trojans were able to run out the clock.

With the win, Virginia State improves to 4-1 and 2-0 in the conference heading into next week's home game against Fayetteville State. Bowie State (2-4, 2-1) will travel to Roanoke for the Western Virginia Education Classic against Saint Paul's.


Conference Scoreboard:

CHOWAN 35 VIRGINIA UNION 34

ELIZABETH CITY STATE 30 SAINT PAUL'S 12

LINCOLN 14 HOWARD 28

SAINT AUGUSTINE'S 42 FAYETTEVILLE STATE 36

SHAW 34 LIVINGSTONE 0

VIRGINIA STATE 16 BOWIE STATE 15

WINSTON-SALEM STATE 49 JOHNSON C. SMITH 3