BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Shaw University football team fell 38-14 to Division I, Campbell University in its season opener Saturday night at the Barker-Lane Stadium. Senior quarterback Torrin Campbell (Toledo, OH) connected 11-of-23 pass completions for 173 yards and a touchdown while junior defensive back Jaleel Scroggins (Raleigh, NC) registered 10 total tackles for the Bears who fall to 0-1 on the young season.
Additionally, freshman running back Sidney Gibbs (Black Mountain, NC) rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in his season debut as a Bear while junior wide receiver Daniel Bender (Jacksonville, FL) registered four catches for 48 yards and a score to aid Shaw's offense that tallied a total of 330 yards of offense on 59 plays. The Bears charted 195 offensive yards in passing and 135 rushing.
Campbell improves to 1-1 on the year after the win. The Camels offense put up 442 total yards of offense, including 235 through the air and 207 on the ground. CU was led by Hajj-Malik Williams at the quarterback position with 235 yards on 18-of-24 pass completions and two touchdowns while Caleb Snead caught five passes for 90 yards and score and Johnathan Hawkins rushed for 86 yards and a score on nine carries.
Defensively, Terrence Harper recorded a team-high nine tackle for the Camels.
The Bears got off to a great start in the opening possession as Gibbs found the end zone for a 31-yard rushing TD. Senior kicker Beni Kinsemi's (Charlotte, NC) extra point provided Shaw with an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter with 11:48 left.
The Camels quickly responded on an 11-play drive for 78-yards capped off by two rushing touchdown from J. Hawkins to knot the game 7-even with 3:38 left in the first stanza.
Campbell took the lead over the Bears when Caleb Snead scored on a 25-yard reception touchdown at the 9:45 mark of the second quarter. Offensive struggles and a momentum shift resulted in quick three and outs for Shaw as the Bears went scoreless in the second stanza compared to CU who took advantage of Shaw's fatigue, scoring twice to close out the first half with a 28-7 lead at intermission.
After a scoreless third quarter for both teams, the Camels snapped the scoring drought with a 35-yard field-goal from Colin Gary with 13:24 remaining in the contest. Facing a 31-7 deficit, Shaw managed to close the gap to 31-14 when Campbell found Bender for a 24-yard reception TD with 8:20 left to play.
As time ran off the clock, the Bears were unable to find the end zone again as the Camels would close out the contest with a two yard rushing touchdown from Hawkins with 1:45 left, coming away with the 38-14 win over Shaw.
The Bears will return to action Saturday, Sept. 14 for its home opener versus Bowie State for Youth Day. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at the George Williams Athletic Complex located on the campus of Saint Augustine's University (1315 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27610).
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