Bowie State University’s (BSU) football team put up five touchdowns on offense, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 58-41 in a shootout with Johnson C. Smith University (JSU) on Sept. 14 in Charlotte, N.C.
Bowie State and Johnson C. Smith h combined for 99 points, the most between the two Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) schools since BSU’s 58-41 win over JSU in 1989.
Johnson C. Smith led 30-7 at halftime, thanks to two touchdowns passes from junior quarterback Keahn Wallace and a touchdown run from junior running back LeAnder Barney.
Bowie State rallied in the second half and went on to score 34 points after halftime, but Johnson C. Smith kept the game out of their reach as the hosts scored 28 more points in the second half.
“We're not going to win any ballgame giving up 58 points and turning the ball over three times certainly hurt as well," said Bowie State head coach Damon Wilson.
BSU still recorded 522 yards of offense, despite the loss. Senior quarterback Jared Johnston had a career performance, completing 27-of-43 passes for a Bowie State record 394 passing yards, along with two touchdowns.
Wallace led Johnson C. Smith with 28-of-37 passes completed for 425 yards and four touchdowns.
Bowie State (1-1 overall) next faces Concord University in its home opener on Sept. 21 in Bowie, Md.