The Bowie State University Bulldogs (1-0) opened the 2011 football season with an impressive 28-7 non-conference road contest at Assumption College (0-1).

In terms of team stats, Assumption’s Greyhounds accumulated 202 yards of total offense (101 passing), compared to 344 total yards (228 passing) for Bowie State’s Bulldogs. Bowie State played well on defense, sacking Assumption’s quarterbacks four times.

“This was an impressive win and a good way to start a season”, said a jubilant Bowie State third-year head coach Damon Wilson.

Senior Andre Johnson scored the first points of the season for Bulldogs, faking a handoff to senior Tariq Jones and scampered 37 yards down the Bowie State sideline for the touchdown. Senior Michael Gage added the extra point for 7-0 advantage at the 6:19 mark of the first quarter.

Senior Delano Johnson picked off a pass by Assumption’s Derek Fernandas and returned it 40 yards for a pick six. Gagne’s extra point increased Bowie State’s lead to 14-0 with 7:10 remaining in the second quarter.

Assumption found the Bowie State end zone at the 5:22 mark of the second quarter, when Fernandas to Paul Perez for a 14-yard touchdown pass and catch. Brain Nowak converted the extra point to cut the BSU lead down to 14-7.

Senior Clifton Budd connected with junior Kevin James for a 61-yard touchdown pass and catch and Gagne’s point after, pushed the Bowie State lead to 21-7 with 3:24 left in the quarter. James’s touchdown was the first of his career.

Bowie State missed a perfect opportunity to pad their lead late in the second quarter, but three false start penalties inside the Greyhound’s five yard line, and a blocked field goal attempt ended the first period of play.

Senior James Proctor hauled in a 20-yard pass from Budd for six more Bulldogs’ points. Gagne’s PAT pushed the Bowie State lead to 28-7 with 5:52 remaining in the third quarter.

Junior Bekewele Amadi led Bowie State with 11 total tackles, nine of which were solo tackles. Fellow junior Kenyon Kinard and redshirt sophomore Delante White added eight and seven tackles respectively.

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