BOWIE – The Bowie State football team’s highly anticipated Homecoming game was the perfect chance to bounce back from a disheartening loss to Chowan University, and the Bulldogs seized that opportunity.
Bowie State quarterback Amir Hall was 16-of-24 passing for two touchdowns – both going to receiver Montez Clay – who finished with four catches for 55 yards to lead the Bulldogs to a slim 20-15 win over Virginia State to culminate their Homecoming week in front of an overcrowded Bulldog Stadium on the afternoon of Oct. 13.
BSU entered the game ranked fourth in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Northern Division standings while the defending CIAA champion Trojans entered the game as No. 2.
The first half was mostly defensive, as both offensive units struggled to find any rhythm. Bowie kicker Gene Carson nailed a 29-yard and 27-yard field goal to put the Bulldogs (5-2, 3-1) up, 6-2 at halftime.
In the third quarter, BSU seemed to find some fluidity on offense as Hall made several crucial completions, including 2-yard and 22-yard touchdown passes to Clay to give the Bulldogs a comfortable 20-2 lead.
VSU quarterback Cordelral Cook and running back Daniel Reid responded, scoring a touchdown apiece late in the third and early in the fourth to make it 20-15.
The Trojans (3-3, 3-1) forced a three-and-out with less than two minutes remaining but came up empty as Cook threw four straight incompletions, sealing the win for BSU and redemption from a 47-35 loss to VSU the last time the two met on Oct. 14, 2017.
The Bulldogs’ defense performance was key in the victory, creating six turnovers despite the Trojans’ late-game rally.
With the win, BSU remains unbeaten at home (2-0) and snaps VSU’s three-game winning streak.
The Bulldogs continue divisional play as they travel to Richmond to take on another formidable foe, Virginia Union, on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.