RALEIGH, N.C. – Freshman running back Sidney Gibbs (Black Mountain, NC) scored a career-high three touchdowns to lead the Shaw University football team to an exciting 27-20 Homecoming victory over the visiting Livingstone College Blue Bears Saturday afternoon at the George Williams Athletic Complex. Gibbs three touchdowns ties the program record of most TD rushes in a single game which has now occurred nine times after today.
The Bears tallied a total of 471 offensive yards, including 151 rushing and 320 passing ignited by Gibbs who finished with a game-high 161 yards on 21 carries and three TD's. Senior quarterback Vidal Woodruff (Tampa, FL) was 15-of-23 in pass completions for 151 yards while Gibbs also led the receiving unit with five catches worth 63 yards.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Aaron Worthy (Walkertown, NC) charted a team-high 10 tackles and a tackle for loss while junior defensive end Dast Sturkie (Anniston, AL) registered seven tackles, two sacks and two tackle for loss to lead the Bears in the winning effort.
Shaw opened the contest with a six-yard rushing TD from Gibson, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead after one quarter. Livingstone got on the scoreboard with a one-yard rushing scamper from Xavier Longerbeam to tie the contest at 7-7 with 5:43 left in the second quarter.
At the 3:07 mark of the second stanza, senior kicker and punter Beni Kinsemi (Charlotte, NC) connected on a 38-yard field goal to push the Bears lead 10-7 over LC but the Blue Bears was able to answer with a 36-yard field goal of their own to knot the contest up at 10-10 at intermission.
Gibbs scored his second TD of the day on a 48-yard run ignited by a five-yard play worth 80-yards to break the tie and give Shaw a 17-10 lead in the second half. However, a very scrappy Blue Bears squad made strides down the stretch and managed to give the game its third tie of the afternoon when Darrell Bethune rushed in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown with 13:14 left in regulation.
Shaw added three points to its score on a 42-yard field goal from Kinsemi at the 9:19 mark, followed by a 32-yard rushing dash from Gibbs to own a 27-17 scoring margin over Livingstone with 6:18 left. The Blue Bears was able to cut the deficit to seven when their kicker capitalized on a 25-yard field goal but after Shaw was forced to punt, Livingstone took over at its 15-yard line and drove the ball down for 35-yards on eight plays but a decisive interception for sophomore defensive back Da'Shawn Wallace (Danville, VA) secured the win for Shaw with 1:00 remaining.
With the win, Shaw improves to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in CIAA play while Livingstone dips to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in league play. In the division standings, the Bears are 1-1 for second place while LC now falls to 0-2 for fifth in the South.
Shaw will return to action next Saturday, Oct. 26 at Johnson C. Smith for a division tilt scheduled for 1 p.m. in Charlotte, N.C.
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