The Bowie State University Bulldogs scored 24-unanswered points to beat the Fairmont State Falcons, 24-17 in overtime on Sept. 15 in Bowie, Md.
The Falcons led 17-0 with 11:46 to play in the game before the Bulldogs scored the next 24 points of the game.
The Falcons scored the only points of the opening half when Johnny Dearstine made a 22-yard field goal after Fairmont State recovered a Bowie State fumble at the Bulldogs' 12-yard line.
Fairmont State extended the lead after Scott Davidson blocked a Bulldog field goal attempt that was scooped up by Ryland Newman and retuned for the FSU touchdown. The Falcons took a 17-0 advantage after Vega capped off a four-play, 42 yard drive with a touchdown pass to sophomore running back Collin Alford.
The Bulldogs responded with a five-play, 51 yard drive that ended with Reid finding Acker for the score. Bowie State redshirt sophomore Mario Diaz-Aviles added a 24-yard field goal with 6:06 to play in the game to cut the Fairmont State lead to 17-10.
Reid found McNeil on a 31-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 17-17 with just 2:15 to play in regulation. The Falcons got in position for a 29-yard field goal attempt as time expired, however the kick sailed wide right and the game headed into overtime.
On the opening drive of overtime, Reid again found Acker from 12 yards out to finish an 11-play drive to open the overtime period. The Falcons were unable to answer as Vega's pass went through the hands of Chris St. Hilaire and Bowie State wrapped up the victory.
“Defensively we played well all game and our offense picked it up late, however, we definitely have to fix some things on special teams”, said a very happy Bowie State head coach Damon Wilson.
Fairmont State (0-3) was led offensively by junior quarterback Bobby Vega who passed for 166 yards on 14-of-27 attempts. He also threw for a touchdown and was intercepted twice. Junior wide receiver Mark Sampson caught three passes for 87 yards. Sophomore running back Daniel Monroe tallied 79 yards on 17 carries for the Falcons. Defensively the Falcons were led by junior linebacker Garrett Davis with nine tackles. Redshirt freshman linebacker Matt Larrubia and junior defensive back Ronnie Lockhart also recorded eight tackles for the Fairmont State defense.
Bowie State (3-0) was led offensively by senior quarterback Tyrae Reid, Jr. with a career-high 329 yards on 23-of-38 passing. Reid also threw three touchdown passes and an interception in the game. Senior receiver Douglas McNeil, III caught seven passes for 105 yards and a score for the Bulldogs.
Junior running back Corwin Acker carried the ball 26 times for 105 yards, his second straight game with over 100 yards on the ground. Acker also caught six passes for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Defensively the Bulldogs were led by redshirt freshman defensive back Curtis Pumphrey with nine tackles. Senior linebacker Kenyon Kinard wrapped up the thriller with eight tackles and redshirt freshman linebacker Antoine Young along with senior linebacker Bekwele Amadi added seven and six tackles respectively.
The team is excited about being 3-0 heading into conference play next weekend, according to the coach. “This team has shown a lot of perseverance so far this season and have a lot of room to grow but the guys are fighting and that's all we can ask for”, said Wilson.
Fairmont State blocked a pair of Bowie State field goals and the Bulldogs blocked the game winning attempt by the Falcons in the fourth quarter. In addition, both teams turned the football over three times in the game. Bowie State held an advantage in total offense (453 yards to 308) and first downs (23-12). The Bulldogs also controlled time of possession, with a 17-minute advantage (46:23–28:37).
Bowie State travels south for a Sept. 22 contest against the Falcons of Saint Augustine's University. The game site has changed from the Saint Augustine's campus to Durham (N.C.) County Stadium.
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