The #2 ranked WSSU Rams remained unbeaten, and quarterback Kameron Smith passed for a school record seven touchdowns as WSSU shutout the Livingstone Blue Bears, 58-0 on Homecoming 2012.
It was evident from the out start of the game that Livingstone College had a specific game plan that they were not going to try to get into a shootout with the high powered Rams, as on their first series and throughout the game, they would take their time and run off much of the 45 second clock before snapping the football.
Neither team was able to do much on their initial drives, but that would change when WSSU would get the ball back with 9:22 to go in the first period.
The Rams first scoring drive came late in the first quarter, as WSSU would go 53 yards in 10 plays, capped by Kameron Smith's first TD pass, as he connected with Jamal Williams from 19 yards out to produce the first points of the game. Alejandro Suarez's PAT put the Rams up 7-0 with 4:43 left in the first quarter.
It was a second quarter scoring bonanza by the #2 Winston-Salem State Rams that put the game out of reach, and started the blowout rolling for the home standing Rams and their throngs of fans in town watching for Homecoming 2012.
Just seconds into the quarter, Kameron Smith would go up top from 23 yards away and find Jahuann Butler for a touchdown, but Alejandro Suarez's, PAT sailed wide. WSSU would hold a 13-0 advantage, capping a five play, 55 yard drive.
And what has become a common theme throughout the season, the WSSU defense was dominate throughout the afternoon and held the Blue Bears to just 34 yards of offense in the first quarter.
The Rams would get the ball back deep in Livingstone territory after a dazzling 51 yard punt return by Jameze Massey. And on the next play, Kameron Smith would find Jamie DeGeare from 15 yards out on a throwback pass pushing the lead to 20-0 for WSSU.
The Ram defense would force a three and out, and the punt would push the Rams back deep in their own end of the field.
Brandon McDonald would take the handoff and break several tackles and race up the right sideline for a 44 yard gain. Three plays later, Kameron Smith would drop back, but find no open receivers and break into the open field for a 17 yard gain. Two plays later Smith would hook up with Jameze Massey for his fourth TD pass of the afternoon, and pushed the WSSU lead to 27-0.
Another three and out put the ball back into the white hot Rams offense's hands with 4:39 left before half time.
This time Kameron Smith directed another quick score, taking just 2:29 to cover 75 yards in seven plays, capped by his fifth touchdown pass, a 21 scoring strike to Jamal Williams to increase the Rams' lead to 34-0.
The third quarter was much like the second, in that the potent Rams offense could not be stopped. WSSU would take the second half kickoff and 75 yards in seven plays, taking just 2:00 minutes off the clock. The drive was highlighted by a 25 yard rushing gain by DeQuann Leak, and capped by another Kameron Smith to Jameze Massey 30 score to push WSSU's huge lead to 41-0 just minutes into the half.
The WSSU defensive unit would be stout all afternoon, and after holding the Blue Bears to another short series on their first possession of the second half, the Rams' Malcolm Rowe halted their next drive with an interception deep in Ram territory.
On the next WSSU possession, DeShean Townsend was inserted into the lineup at quarterback, but the drive ended when he was picked off by Tyheim Pitt of Livingstone.
The WSSU special teams unit forced a fumble on the Blue Bears next series, and Matthew Browning recovered the Blue Bear miscue.
One the next play from scrimmage, Kameron Smith, who came back into the game, threw his seventh touchdown pass of the afternoon, when he found Jahuann Butler wide open on a 38 yard pass and catch for a score, putting WSSU up 48-0.
The WSSU Rams put 10 more points on the board in the fourth quarter on a 24 yard field goal from Alejandro Suarez with 6:02 remaining, and Walter Jones, Jr. crossed the goal line from 19 yards out with just under a minute to go to give WSSU the final score of 58-0.
Offensively, Brandon McDonald had a career afternoon, as he rushed 14 times for 128 yards, while DeUann Leak added 50 yards on four carries. Brian Baltimore rushed four times for 43 yards; Walter Jones, Jr, four times for 32 yards and a touchdown; and Kameron Smith rushed eight times for 23 yards.
Kameron Smith set a new WSSU school record with seven touchdown passes, as he finished 16 of 24 for 276 yards. DeShean Townsend was three of seven for 25 yards and two interceptions.
Jamal Williams led the WSSU receivers with five catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns, while Jameze Massey finished with three catches for 59 yards and two scores. Jahuann Butler had four catches for 72 yards and two scores, and Kenny Patter son had two catches for 26 yards. Jamie DeGeare added two catches for 25 yards and one touchdown, while Orlando Hatfield (15 yards) and Tehvyn Brantley (8 yards) each snagged to balls.
Defensively, Carlos Fields led the WSSU defensive charge in holding the Blue Bears to just 182 total yards, with nine tackles, .5 sack, one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hurry, while Donnie Owens added eight tackles, one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hurry. Linebacker Daniel Mungin added six tackles 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble, while Jermaine Kesler and Khendra Reid added four tackles each. Malcom Rower had an interception and a fumble recovery and Matthew Browning added a fumble recovery. Chris Howze also had an interception for the WSSU Rams.
Winston-Salem State will travel to Durham, NC to take on the Shaw university Bears at 1:00pm at Durham County Stadium.