RICHMOND, VA - #17 Winston-Salem State dominated the Virginia Union University Panthers early and often, en route to a 55-15 blowout at Hovey Field on the VUU campus in Richmond, Va.
With the win, the WSSU Rams move to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the CIAA. Virginia Union falls to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the CIAA.
On their next possession, Rudy Johnson would cap a 79 yard drive with a 13 yard pass to Kenneth Patterson, and with 2:05 left in the first quarter, Johnson would hook up with Chase Powell for a 27 yard score, and the rout was on as the Rams led 21-0 after the first quarter.
The WSSU Rams defense was dominate throughout the whole game, but early they were stifling, holding the Panthers to three and out on six of their first seven possessions.
With 10:36 to go in the second quarter, Rudy Johnson would hook up with Chase Powell again, from 13 yards out for another Rams' touchdown, and a 28-0 lead.
Virginia Union would finally get on the board with 2:59 left before the half on a five yard scoring pass from Shawheen Dowdy to Wyman Powell to cut into the WSSU lead, 28-7.
But WSSU's Everette Proctor would squash any potential comeback effort when he picked off a VUU pass and return it 36 yards for a score to give WSSU a 35-7 lead at halftime.
Winston-Salem State would score two more times in the third quarter, first when Anthony Carrothers found Kenneth Patterson for a seven yard scoring pass and catch, and second when Carrothers would find Joshua Glisson open down the right sideline for a 38 yard score, giving the Rams a 49-7 lead heading into the final quarter.
With the WSSU coaching staff playing everyone on this day, the final quarter began with a Ram miscue, as quarterback DeShean Townsend fumbled the qb/center exchange, and the Panthers Robert Jackson picked it up and scrambled 11 yards for a touchdown.
Townsend would redeem himself on the Rams next series, as he led the Rams on a six play, 82 yard drive that took 2:49 off the clock, when he found Donovan Rasberry open from 35 yards out for a touchdown, giving the Rams their final score of the afternoon, and ending the scoring in the game.
Winston-Salem State's offense accounted for 509 yards of total offense, including 451 passing yards. The WSSU defense held Virginia union to just 197 yards of offense.
Maurice Lewis led the Rams rushing attack with 61 yards on 12 carries, while all three quarterbacks that played had good afternoons.
Rudy Johnson had a career day, as he finished 14 of 26 for 263 yards and four touchdowns, while Anthony Carrothers finished five of seven for 131 yards and two scores. DeShean Townsend completed three of six passes for 57 yards and a score.
10 different receivers caught passes on this day, led by freshman Chase Powell, who hauled in a season highs with five catches for 134 yards and his first two collegiate scores of his career. Tehvyn Brantley had four catches for 89 yards and a score, while Eric Wolff (40 yds) and Kenneth Patterson (27 yds) each made three catches, with Patterson also having two touchdowns. Joshua Glisson (38 yds) and Donavan Rasberry (35 yds) each had one catch for a touchdown.
Defensively, Daniel Mungin and Matthew Thompson led the Rams with five tackles each, with Mungin also having a quarterback hurry and Thompson picking up a fumble recovery. Eight different Ram defenders recorded three tackles, and seven different players had two tackles apiece. Lakevious Battle, Vernon Brandon, Sidney Lawson and Everette Proctor each had interceptions with Proctor returning one 36 yards for a score. Casey Davenport and two-way player, Jerry Chandler each had one sack each. WSSU also had nine quarterback hurries in the contest.
Winston-Salem State University returns home next weekend to host the Bowie State University Bulldogs at 1:00 p.m. at Bowman Gray Stadium.