BOWIE, Md. – The Shaw University football team gave up 35 unanswered points in the first quarter en route to a 76-7 loss at Bowie State University in its Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference opener Saturday night at the Bulldogs Stadium. BSU gave Shaw its worst defeat since 1978, when the Bears lost to Winston-Salem State, 72-0. The Bears gave up 76 points tonight, the most in program history.
With the loss, Shaw stands 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the CIAA, while BSU remains undefeated at 4-0 overall and 1-0 within the conference.
BSU scored on the opening drive off an 18-yard pass from Amir Hall to Kerrick Pollock to give the Bulldogs the early 7-0 lead over Shaw. A three and out for the Bears resulted in BSU's Robert Chesson scoring on a 23-yard rush, following the extra point from Gene Carson to extend their lead 14-0 at the 9:30 mark. An out-of-sync Bears team went three and out again the next possession down only to allow the Bulldogs to add to their score after a 46-yard pass from Hall to Brandon Abrams for BSU's third-straight touchdown of the game in the first quarter.
Despite the early deficit, the Bears were still in the contest thanks to penalties from the Bulldogs that led to first downs for Shaw but an attempted field goal from sophomore kicker Beni Kinsemi (Charlotte, NC) was partially blocked as the Bears trailed 21-0 with 2:42 remaining in the first stanza.
BSU would add 14 more to the scoreboard ignited by an 80-yard reception touchdown for Lansana Seay, followed by a 20-yard reception touchdown for Brandon Britton that pushed the Bulldogs lead 35-0 heading into the second quarter.
After scoring another touchdown and field goal by the Bulldogs to lead 45-0 over Shaw, the Bears finally got on the scoreboard when Woodruff connected with junior running back Michael Sherman (Powder Springs, GA) for a 20-yard pass touchdown to close out the first half.
Similar to the opening, BSU scored 17 points in the third and 14 in the fourth quarter while shutting out Shaw which ultimately proved to be too much for a Bears comeback.
Shaw finished with 233 yards of total offense that featured just 99 rushing and 134 passing compared the Bulldogs who amassed 725 total offense (258 on the ground, 476 through the air). In his second start at the quarterback position, sophomore Vidal Woodruff (Tampa, FL) completed 13-of-29 passing for 137 yards, three interceptions and one touchdown. He was sacked five times in the contest.
Sherman had a team-best 107 yards rushing on 19 carries and a touchdown while freshman Daniel Bender (Jacksonville, FL) had six receptions for 79 yards.
Junior defensive back Hakiem Swann (Portsmouth, VA) led the Bears defense with a game-high 10 total tackles (7 solo) and a tackle for loss. Sophomore linebacker Devon Hunt (Rockingham, NC) added eight tackles, one sack and a tackle for loss while freshman defensive back Kevin Sherman (Powder Springs, GA) contributed seven tackles and a tackle for loss.
Shaw will return to action Saturday, Sept. 30 at Durham County Memorial Stadium where the Bears will play host to Elizabeth City State University at 1 p.m.
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