CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In a contest that was controlled by the Bears the entire way up until the last minute, resulted in a 13-10 loss for the Shaw University football team as Johnson C. Smith University nailed a 44-yard game winning field goal at the Irwin Belk Complex Saturday afternoon in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division game to gain its first win on the season.
The loss dropped Shaw to 3-5 overall, 2-3 in conference play and a slip to 1-2 in the South while the Golden Bulls of JCSU improved to 1-7 overall, 1-4 in the league and 1-2 in the division.
Sophomore kicker Beni Kinsemi (Charlotte, NC) put the Bears on the scoreboard first with a 33-yard field goal with 8:25 on the clock in the first quarter. The Golden Bulls responded in the second frame, when Brandon Howard drilled a 34-yard field goal to knot the game at 3-3 with 14:49 left in the first half.
Senior quarterback Darron Downing (Portsmouth, VA) rushed in the endzone for one yard to add to the Bears score, followed by Kinsemi's extra point to give Shaw a 10-3 lead at the 3:45 mark as the Bears went into the locker room with that lead at halftime.
Both teams went scoreless in the third stanza but in the fourth, JCSU managed to break even when Dedric Robinson scored on a four-yard scamper with 5:23 remaining. With the game knotted at 10-10, Shaw did nothing offensively on the ensuing drive as the Golden Bulls forced a quick three in and three out. After a punt, the Bears were responsible for two crucial penalties that gave JCSU a first down. The Golden Bulls also reported a turnover late as freshman Kevin Sherman (Powder Springs, VA) picked off a pass in the Bears endzone however, an offside call on Shaw forced the Bears to give back possession and momentum shifted to JCSU. The Golden Bulls then went three plays down for just three yards that led to a 44-yard go-ahead score following a timeout from that would give the Golden Bulls the three-point lead (13-10) with 1:00 left to play.
The next drive for Shaw saw much of nothing as the Bears turned the ball over on downs with 19 seconds left, prevailing the Golden Bulls to the victory.
The Bears finished the contest with a total of 281-yards of offense, including a whopping 208 on the ground and 73 through the air while JCSU recorded 269 total offense (66 rushing, 203 passing).
Junior Uriah Bethea (Upper Marlboro, MD) led the rushing game for Shaw with 83 yards on nine carries while Downing grabbed 75 yards for 13 rushes and a touchdown. Downing completed 12-of-29 passes for 91 yards and one interception.
Sophomore Devon Hunt (Rockingham, NC) recorded a game-high 12 tackles (8 solo) and 2.5 tackle for loss, while freshman Jaleel Scroggins (Raleigh, NC) added nine tackles (6 solo), one tackle for loss and one interception.
The Bears will continue to look for its first road win of the 2017 slate when the Bears travel to Winston-Salem State University on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
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