Late Mistakes Costly As Rams Drop Homecoming, 32-25, To Shaw In Double Overtime

WINSTON-SALEM, NC  – The Shaw Bears took advantage of late WSSU penalties to tie the game and send it to overtime where an interception in the second overtime spoiled the WSSU Rams Homecoming, as the Bears came away with a 32-25, two overtime win over the Rams at Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday.

With the win, Winston-Salem State falls to 4-5 overall, 4-2 in the CIAA and 3-1 in the Southern Division, while the Shaw Bears pick up their first win of the season, and move to 1-8 overall, 1-5 in the CIAA and 1-3 in the Southern Division.

Shaw would get on the board first, as the Bears would connect on a four yard passing score from Terrence Shambry II to Danny Webster. The PAT was missed giving Shaw the early 6-0 lead.

Winston-Salem State University would answer back with 9:20 on the clock in the second quarter, when Kerrion Moore would break away on a 29 yard touchdown run to give the Rams a 7-6 advantage.

Shaw, playing inspired football, answered the Rams score on their next possession, as Shambry would find Artravius James from 14 yards out to retake the lead, 12-6 after another failed PAT.

WSSU found another spark on this Homecoming day, and after a 10-play, 64 yard drive, Tyree Massey would cross the goal line would 1:36 left before halftime to give the Rams a 15-12 lead heading into the locker room.

The only score in the third quarter came from Shaw University, as Joe Nguyen connected on a 27 yard field goal to tie the game at 15-15 heading into the final quarter.

The Rams would go on a deliberate 67 yard, 11-play drive, but it would stall deep in Shaw territory and Will Johnson would come on and connect on a 26 yard field goal to give the lead back to WSSU, 18-15.

In the waning minutes of regulation, the Shaw Bears would go on a long drive themselves. The Rams defense looked like they would hold the Bears and get the ball back, as Shaw would go for it on fourth and 22, but a defensive holding call would keep the drive alive for the Bears, and with 23 seconds remaining in the game, Joe Nguyen would connect n a 36 yard field goal to tie the game and send it into overtime.

In the first overtime, it would only take Shaw two plays to find the endzone, as Terrence Shambry would find an open Trevante Long for a 20 yard touchdown. With the PAT, Shaw would go out in front 25-18.

Winston-Salem State would answer, as Rod Tinsley Jr would find Demeeko Jones Jr for a three yard touchdown pass, and with the subsequent PAT, would tie the game at 25-25.

The Bears would score on their first play of the second overtime, as Marquise Grizzle took the handoff and got around the left end and ran free into the end zone from 25 yards out to give Shaw a 32-25 advantage.

Two plays later, Rod Tinsley Jr's pass would be intercepted at the Bears two-yard line to seal the victory for the Bears.

WSSU finished the game with 360 yards of total offense, (188 rushing and 172 passing), but allowed Shaw to finish with 506 yards (239 rushing, 267 passing).

Tyree Massey led the Rams' rushing attack, with 23 carries for 70 yards and one touchdown, while Rod Tinsley Jr finished with six carries for 48 yards. Kerrion Moore had eight carries for 47 yards and one touchdown and Xavier Quick had seven carries for 23 yards.

Rod Tinsley finished the day going 12 of 31 for 172 yards and one touchdown, but also three interceptions.

Rashan Williams led the WSSU receivers with three catches for 49 yards, while Demeeko Jones Jr also had three catches for 20 yards and one touchdown. Tyree Massey (40 yds), Kenneth Patterson (27 yds), Marcel Caver Jr (20 yds), Kerrion Moore (8 yds), Eric Williams (4 yds) and William Belcher (4 yds) all finished with one catch apiece.

Will Johnson punted seven times for an average of 40.1 yards per punt. Johnson had a long punt of 49 yards, while dropping three inside the 20 yard line. He was also one of one on field goals.

Defensively, WSSU was led by Michael Bloomfield, who had a team high nine tackles, 0.5 tackle for a loss, a fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries.  PJ Clyburn (5 solo), Phillip Williamson (3 solo) and Xavier Gregory (4 solo) had seven tackles each, and Michael Douglas finished with five tackles. Jayron Rankin and Aaron Johnson also finished with five tackles each. 

Winston-Salem State will host Fayetteville State next Saturday for Senior Day, with kickoff scheduled for 1:30pm.

The game will determine the Southern Division Champion and representative in the CIAA Championship Game.