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DURHAM, North Carolina – The No. 20 Bowie State Bulldogs combined for 376 total rushing yards but fell to Shaw University (1-2, 1-0 CIAA) in the closing moments as the Bears scored on a TD from two yards that sealed the Bulldogs’ fate in a 17-14 road decision at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
The Bulldogs start the 2022 season 1-2 overall – the first time since 2016 and 0-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) as their winning streak against conference opponents was snapped at 18 in a row . The setback is also the first time since 2014 Bowie State has lost two straight games.
senior graduate Dion Golatt, Jr. (Largo, MD) threw for 236 yards on 22 completions, one touchdown and one interception as a redshirt sophomore Sam Doku (Silver Springs, MD) rushed for 87 yards on 22 carries and one score. Junior red shirt Morgan Scroggins (Baltimore, MD) passed for 67 yards and five catches as a senior graduate Ellison Jordan (Upper Marlboro, MD) led the defense with five tackles and one tackle for loss. Also, redshirt junior Raymond Boon (Landover, MD) also contributed five tackles and 0.5 tackles for the loss.
On 376 total rushing yards, the Bulldogs improved their running game by rushing for a season-best 140 yards and 236 yards through the air. Meanwhile, Shaw had 199 total rushing yards (101 rushing and 98 passing). However, in the red zone, Bowie State finished 1-4 over the Bears who were 3-4.
Bowie State held a 7-3 lead over the Bears at halftime, Golatt, Jr. connected with the second redshirt student Kyle Parker (Bowie, MD) for a 36-yard reception as Shaw tacked on a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Shaw took a 10-7 third-quarter lead on a six-yard run for Jon Barnes with 8:20 on the game clock, but the Bulldogs answered at the three-minute mark when Doku answered with a two-run. yards to give BSU a 14-7 lead to wrap up the third period.
In the fourth quarter, BSU’s junior redshirt Shaun Tolbert (Baltimore, MD) picked up an interception but couldn’t capitalize on that defensive save as the offense was forced to punt. Bears possession started with 1:44 left and on third down, SU got a 19-yard reception for Barnes who provided a first down and from there; Shaw scored the two-yard springboard with 36 seconds left.
On the ensuing possession and 25-yard kickoff return for BSU, the Bulldogs drove to Shaw’s 41-yard line as Bowie State’s last chance resulted in a Hail Mary of Golatt, Jr. in the end zone who was intercepted as time expired.
Bowie State will be back in action on Saturday, September 24 with another road trip to St. Augustine’s. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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