The #5 ranked Winston-Salem State University Rams ran up 677 yards of total offense and eight touchdowns, while scoring in every quarter in route to a 55-21 blowout win over the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers Saturday afternoon in the 2012 Cleveland Classic, played in Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Winston-Salem State (3-0) did not take long to get the offense going, as they took the opening kickoff and methodically march 72 yards in 11 plays to reach the endzone. It was also a sign to come, as Kameron Smith found three different receivers on the drive, two to Jamal Williams, which included a 21 yard scoring strike.
The Rams defense took the field and also set the tone for the day. WSSU forced a Morehouse 13 yards punt after holding the Tigers to four plays.
Once again WSSU would threaten to score as Kameron Smith found Juhuann Butler and Eric Wolff on back to back plays to give the Rams a first and goal. But on second down, running back Brandon McDonald, would fumble the ball and the Maroon Tigers' Elijan Anderson would scoop it up and return it 82 yards to the Winston-Salem State six yard line.
Two plays later, Morehouse's David Carter found the endzone and with the PAT kick, Morehouse was right back in the game at 7-7.
On the Rams next possession, Maurice Lewis would put his mark on the game, as a steady diet of runs from the sophomore running back propelled WSSU down the field, combined with a big 33 yard scoring strike from Smith to Jameze Massey to push the Rams back in front 14-7.
After the kickoff, it took just one play for the Rams to get the ball back, as Carlos Fields picked off an errant Donnay Ragland pass and returned it to the Maroon Tigers 38 with 1:07 left before the half.
It wouldn't take long once again, as Kameron Smith would hook up with Juhuann Butler for 14 yards, and another touchdown catch by Jamal Williiams, this one from 28 yards out pushed the Rams lead to 21-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The stifling WSSU Rams defense would continue to put their foot down on Morehouse, as they held the Maroon Tigers to another three and out to give the ball back to the scorching hot Ram offense.
This time Kameron Smith went mainly through the air on the way down the field, connecting with Jameze Massey and Jamal Williams, and finishing off the drive with completions to Juhuann Butler and Bryce Sherman, before Maurice Lewis would punch it in from two yards out, and with Alejandro Suarez's PAT kick, gave the Rams a commanding 28-7 lead.
WSSU would have one last opportunity to pad their lead in the first half, but Suarez's 26 yard field goal sailed wide left, sending the Rams into the locker room with a 21 point half time advantage.
Winston-Salem State would amass 355 yards of offense in the first half while holding Morehouse to just 93 total yards.
With the start of the second half, Morehouse would take the kick and start their most promising drive of the day as they marched down the field 51 yards in 10 plays, before Donnay Ragland would put the ball on the field, and the Rams would recover.
And picking up right where the offense left off in the first half, WSSU used a solid mix of passing from Kameron Smith to receivers Juhuann Butler and Tehvyn Brantley, while Maurice Lewis continued to pound the ball on the ground, and on third and goal from the three, Smith would find Jerry Chandler for the second time on the drive, and this time for a touchdown. With the Suarez's PAT, the Rams now led 35-7.
On Morehouse's next possession, they would settle down and mount a drive that would go deep into WSSU territory. But on fourth and four from the Rams 17, the WSSU defense would force an incomplete pass turning the ball back over to the red hot offensive unit.
WSSU head coach, Connell Maynor, would then insert quarterback Anthony Carrothers, who would see his first action since transferring from Grambling State last year. But the Rams could not sustain the drive and would have to punt.
The Maroon Tigers would get a big 35 yard punt return from Thomas Williams, down to the WSSU 18 yard line. And on the next play, Donnay Ragland would find Devance Harris in the endzone for a score pulling Morehouse back to 35-14 disadvantage.
On WSSU's next series, Kameron Smith would come back in the game for a short period and connect with Jameze Massey for 33 yards and put the ball back deep in Morehouse territory again.
With the fourth quarter now beginning, Anthony Carrothers would be reinserted into the lineup, and he would promptly find Jahuann Butler from 32 yards out for a touchdown, giving WSSU a 41-14 lead with 14:14 to play.
Once again the Rams defense would force Morehouse into a short series, and after the punt, WSSU would take over with Anthony Carrothers coming out and immediately finding Tehvhyn Brantley for 19 yards, and two plays later, backup running back and Lafayette transfer, Patrick Mputu would break tackles and scamper 37 yards for another WSSU score. The Rams now would lead 48-14 with just over 12 minutes to play.
Morehouse would strike right back three plays after the kickoff when quarterback Raglnad would find Devon Mann for a 57 yard scoring strike.
Winston-Salem State would continue with the mass subs, as quarterback Deshean Townsend would enter the game. He would immediately find freshman Orlando Hatfield for a 35 yard catch and run. After two positive runs by Bryce Sherman, Townsend would find Hatfield for an eight yard touchdown pass. The PAT gave WSSU its final score and the final score of the game.
WSSU amassed 677 total offensive yards on 90 plays, rushing for 276 and two touchdowns and passing for 401 and six touchdowns, while Morehouse picked up 287 yards on 52 plays.
Maurice Lewis rushed for 135 yartds on 15 carries with one touchdown with a long rush of 60 yards. Patrick Mputu rushed four times for 47 yards; DeQuan Leak for 45 yards on four carries and Bryce Sherman picked up 39 yards on nine carries.
Kameron Smith passed for 307 yards on 21 of 41 passing with four touchdowns. Anthony Carrothers was 2 for 4 for 51 yards and one touchdown. DeShean Townsend was two of three for 43 yards and one touchdown.
The Rams had nine different receivers to catch a pass, led by Jamal Williams (5 for 86, 2 td's) and Jahuann Butler (5 for 74, 1 td). Tehvyn Brantley caught four passes for 79 yards and Jameze Massey also hauled in four passes for 74 yards and one touchdown. Orlando Hatfield (2 for 43, 1 td) and Jerry Chandler (2 for 8, 1 td), along with Eric Wolff (1 for 24), Maurice Lewis (1 for 100 and Bryce Sherman (1 for 3) also had catches.
Duvontae Covington led the WSSU Rams defensive effort by accumulating six tackles, while Donnie Owens had five tackles and three quarterback hurries. Dominique Tate had four tackles and Carlos Fields had four tackles ½ tackle for a loss, one forced fumble and one interception. Curtis McGill had WSSU's other interception.
WSSU punter, Landen Thayer, punted just twice on the afternoon, but those punts averaged 48.5 with a long of 51 yards.
Winston-Salem State University will return to Bowman Gray Stadium this week, as they will open CIAA play by hosting the Virginia Union University Panthers at 6:00 pm.