By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, [email protected]

BSU Defense Keys Big CIAA Road Win

On a day where the offense sputtered for most of the game, Bowie State’s defense was the difference in their 23-13 win at Winston Salem State University (WSSU). The 20th ranked Bulldogs improve to 5-0 on the season (2-0 CIAA) while Winston-Salem State falls to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.

BSU’s defense sacked Winston-Salem State quarterbacks four times.  Laurel’s Jason Rogers had two, while Waldorf’s Jonathan Ross and Baltimore’s Joshua Pryor had one each. It was, however, their ability to keep the Rams from scoring by making two critical interceptions that sealed the Rams’ fate.

Bowie State remains undefeated while Morgan State and Howard’s struggles continue on and off the field. (Courtesy Photo)

Demetri Morsell of Upper Marlboro had two interceptions, including one with 2:18 remaining in the contest, killing a WSSU Rams scoring threat with BSU clinging to a three point lead late in the fourth quarter. The victory was sealed when Tevin Singleton returned a 12-yard interception with 20 seconds remaining in the game for a touchdown.

The Bulldogs are now set to play CIAA rivals for the rest of the season and have remade themselves into a physical football team whose stifling defense is now their personality.

NEXT: 10/12 vs. Chowan (Homecoming) Bowie, Md.

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Morgan Falls To 0-5 With Loss at Bethune-Cookman

Morgan State running back Josh Chase rushed for a season-high 124 yards on 25 carries but it wasn’t enough against one of the MEAC’s best teams.  The Bears remained winless with a 31-20 loss to Bethune Cookman in Daytona Beach.

The Bears’ defense couldn’t thwart one of the conference’s best offenses as Akevious Williams threw for 156 yards and three touchdowns to Jimmie Robinson. The Williams-to-Robinson combination produced touchdowns of 70 yards and six yards,giving the Wildcats a 24-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Robinson had five catches for 136 yards and three scores.

Next 10/12 vs. Delaware State (Baltimore, MD)

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Howard Pounded In Historic Loss at Harvard

Howard’s special team’s mistakes were symptomatic of a turbulent week where the program was under the glare of the national spotlight before playing on an Ivy League stage. The Bison were blasted by the Crimson 62-17, marking the second time this season they gave up more than 60 points in a loss.

The Bison yielded three blocked punts and a punt return for a score as well. For a season that began with so much promise, this game symbolized how the expectations have fallen as another controversy hovers over the program.

If there was a bright spot for Howard, it was the play of wide receiver Kyle Anthony, who was stellar in the first half. His four receptions for 118 yards were a game-high.

The university announced last week that it has started a formal investigation into allegations that head coach Ron Prince has been verbally abusive to players.  This is in response to an HBCU Gameday report where several members of the team announced they would be leaving the program with Caylin Newton after reports of verbal abuse and intimidation.

Next: 10/12 vs. Norfolk State (Homecoming) Washington, D.C.