SALISBURY, N.C. -- The #15 Winston-Salem State University Rams broke open a tight game at the half by scoring 33 unanswered second half points and using a stifling defensive effort to cruise to a 40-0 win over the Livingstone College Blue Bears Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, N.C.
The win moves the WSSU Rams to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the CIAA, and Livingstone falls to 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the CIAA.
In what has become a trend in recent game for the Rams, reared its ugly head early once again, as WSSU got off to another slow start and uncharacteristically turned the ball over.
WSSU's first turnover occurred on a muffed punt by Sidney Lawson the first time the Rams touched the ball.
The #1 ranked Rams defense in the nation stood tall on this afternoon and after the fumble, held Livingstone to a three and out three of their first four possessions.
WSSU would fumble the ball two more times in the quarter, when Rudy Johnson would put the ball on the ground, as would Chase Powell.
With only a 7-0 lead heading into the half, the Livingstone faithful were boisterous, trying to outdrown the Ram crowd which showed up in big numbers once again.
WSSU would score on their second possession of the half, going on an 11 play, 97 yard drive that was capped off with a Rudy Johnson to Graham Love 12 yard pass to give WSSU a 14-0 lead.
After forcing another Blue Bear punt, the Rams offense would take little time getting the ball into scoring range. This time Rudy Johnson would find Kenneth Patterson open on a slant from 20 yards away for a touchdown. The PAT by Alejandro Suarez was missed, giving WSSU a 20-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
Carlos Field would pick off a Livingstone pass early in the quarter, and on the next play Rudy Johnson found a wide open Joshua Glisson from 16 yards away to give the Rams a 27-0 lead.
The WSSU defense kept the clamps on the Blue Bears and on their next possession, Alfy Hill intercepted a Livingstone pass setting the Rams up at the the LC 35 yard line.
DeShean Townsend would come into the game at quarterback for the Rams and the offense did not miss a beat, as he would find Eric Williams from 34 yards out for another WSSU score, pushing the lead to 33-0.
The next series for Livingstone looked like it was about to end on another interception, as the Rams Daniel Mungin picked off a pass but fumbled scrambling for extra yards and the Blue Bears recovered. But it was short lived, as four plays later Jerome Junior successfully picked off another pass for WSSU.
DeShean Townsend would lead another scoring drive, this time from 77 yards out on nine plays, as Joshua Glisson would take a handoff and score from four yards out to give the Rams the final score of 40-0.
Rudy Johnson led the Rams rushing with 52 yards on 14 carries and Maurice Lewis finished with 50 yards on 13 carries. Joshua Glisson had two carries for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Rudy Johnson completed 23 of 39 pass attempts for 243 yards and four touchdowns, and DeShean Townsend was one of three for 34 yards and a score.
Chase Powell led the receiving corps with seven catches for 73 yards and a touchdown, while Kenneth Patterson finished with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. Graham Love had three receptions for 30 yards and a score, while Eric Williams (61 yards) and Joshua Glisson (20 yards) each scored a touchdown. Maurice Lewis and Jarvis Morgan each had two catches for 12 yards and Shane Blue had a catch for 25 yards.
Punter, William Johnson, finished the afternoon with a 36.7 yards per punt average on six punts, with a long of 46 yards and one landing inside the 20-yard line.
Defensively, Chris Howze and Carlos fields led the Rams with seven tackles each, with Howze also picking up 1.5 tackles for loss, while Fields had one tackle for a loss, one pass breakup and one interception. Jerome Junior finished with five tackles, one pass breakup and one interception, while Michael Bloomfield had five tackles including two sacks and three tackles for loss yards. John Rizor also had five tackles with a half a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Daniel Mungin also had five tackle to go with a half a tackle for loss and an interception. Five other Rams had three tackles each, with Casey Davenport picking up a half a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss, and Alfy hill had 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and an interception. Jerry Chandler also picked up a half a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Winston-Salem State returns to Bowman Gray Stadium next week to host the Bears of Shaw University. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.