BOWIE, MD -- The #5 ranked Winston-Salem State University Rams racked up 500 yards of total offense in route to a 35-3 win over Bowie State on Saturday afternoon in Bowie, MD.
After holding Bowie State on their opening possession, the WSSU Rams would take the ball and quickly le the Bulldogs know this was going to be a long afternoon. Rushes by Kameron Smith and Maurice Lewis, quickly got the ball into BSU territory, and on the fifth play of the series, Kameron Smith would find Jahuann Butler from 41 yards out, running down the right sideline for a touchdown. Alajandro Suarez's PAT put WSSU up 7-0 with just 4:00 minutes running off the clock.
Bowie State was not going to go away, and on first down quarterback Jared Johnston, connected with Douglas McNeill for a 45 yard gain, giving BSU the ball deep in Ram territory. But the WSSU defense would bow up and not let the Bulldogs in the endzone, and forced a 28 yard field goal that would put Bowie on the board, for the first and final time on the afternoon.
On the Rams next series, they would once again march right down the field into Bulldog territory, but this time, Kameron Smith would be picked off in the endzone and the Bowie player would return it out to the one yard line.
Neither team would be able to move to ball, however, the Rams would keep the Bulldogs pinned down deep on their own end of the field.
Early in the second quarter WSSU's Malcolm Rowe would intercept a Johnston pass and return it for a score, but a sideline interference call would negate the touchdown and give WSSU the ball at the Bowie 36 yard line.
Kameron Smith completions to Jamal Williams, and Eric Wolff would set the Rams at the Bowie seven yard line, but back to back sacks of Smith would push the ball back to the 25. But on fourth and goal, Smith would scramble and launch a ball high to the back of the endone, where Tehvyn Brantley would out jump the defender for a touchdown, pushing the WSSU lead to 14-3.
WSSU's Smith threw his third touchdown pass of the afternoon to his third different receiver with Jamal Williams being on the receiving end for 25 yards and a 21-3 Rams lead at the 10:49 mark of the third quarter. The Rams increased their lead to 28-3 with 10 seconds left in the third as Smith connected for a 5-yard pass and catch to Jamie DeGeare.
With 6:08 left to play, WSSU backup quarterback, Anthony Carrothers, found Orlando Hatfield in the Bulldogs end zone for a 22-yard pass and catch and the Suarez extra point accounted for the final score of 35-3.
Offensively, WSSU was led in rushing by Brandon McDonald, who came in late in the contest and picked up 54 yards on just four carries. Maurice Lewis rushed 14 times for 52 yards, Kameron Smith 11 times for 32 yards and Bryce Sherman picked up 16 yards on six carries. Patrick Mputu rushed three times for 15 yards, while Anthony Carrothers picked up five yards on one carry. Ricky Rozier and Robert Moore each had one carry.
JaJuann Butler led the rams with 119 yards receiving on five catches and one touchdown, while Jamal Williams had a big game as well with six receptions for 80 yards a score. Jameze Massey had four catches for 19 yards and Tehvyn Brantley hauled in three passes for 50 yards and one touchdown. Jamie DeGeare and Orlando Hatfield each had one catch, but both Rams' receivers scored touchdown on their catches. Ricky Rozier, Patrick Mputu and Eric Wolff each had one reception on the afternoon.
Landen Thayer continued to boom the football on punts, as he finished the day with a 47.3 yard average, with one punt for 51 yards and three punts inside of the 20 yard line.
Defensively, Matthew Browning recorded five tackles, while Donnie Owens recorded four tackles, one for a loss and a quarterback hurry. Michael Ford also recorded four tackles, as did Barry Tripp, who also recorded the Rams lone sack on the day. Malcolm Rowe had three tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, an interception and broke up two passes. Khendra Reid and DeQuann Leak also recorded three tackles each. Chris Howse also recorded an interception for WSSU.
One sour note for the Rams, WSSU accounted for 12 penalties for 121 yards.
WSSU moves to 5-0 overall, 2-0 in the CIAA. Bowie State falls to 3-2 on the season and 0-2 in the CIAA.
Winston-Salem State will travel to Charlotte next weekend, to face the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith at 4:00 pm at Memorial Stadium.