BOWIE, Md. – Sophomore quarterback Amir Hall (Bowie, Md.) scored on a 2-yard run with 9:46 remaining in the game to lift Bowie State University to a thrilling 38-37 come from behind Homecoming victory over Virginia State University on Saturday afternoon. The win puts the BSU Bulldogs in sole possession of first place in the CIAA North. PHOTOS COURTESY OF LAWRENCE JOHNSON
Hall completed 25-of-36 passes for 332 yards and four touchdowns to pace Bowie State’s offense. His primary target, senior Nyme Manns(Baltimore, Md.), recorded game-highs of 129 yards on eight receptions and scored two touchdowns. Junior Daivon Nixon (Laurel, Md.) and graduate student Kevaugn Townsend (Fort Washington, Md.) tallied a game-high 10 tackles each for the Bulldogs.
Bowie State (5-2, 4-0 CIAA, 2-0 North) drew first blood at the 9:20 mark of the first quarter on a Hall Manns 16-yard pass and catch for a 6-0 lead.
Virginia State’s Kevin Bellamy (Hampton, Va.) put the visitors in front 14-6 by the end of the first quarter with TD runs of two and 24 yards.
Hall and Manns teamed up again to pull the Bulldogs within one at 14-13 at the 9:38 mark of the second quarter, this time for an 18-yard score.
The Trojans quickly responded on their next possession as Cannon rumbled for a 76 yard touchdown run to set the score at 21-13 with 9:16 on the second quarter clock.