WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State University used a balanced offense, and bustred the game open with four scores in the second and third quarters, to roll past the Falcons of St. Augusutine's, 45-10 on Saturday afternoon at Bowman Gray Stadium for Homecoming 2016.
With the win, WSSU moves to 5-2 overall, 4-0 in the CIAA and 2-0 in the Southern Division, while St. Augustine's falls to 2-5 overall, 2-2 in the CIAA and 1-1 in the Southern Division.
It wouldn't take long for the Rams to get on the scoreboard, as they would take the opening kickoff and go 54 yards in six play, and capped it off with a four yard run by Kerrion Moore for a touchdown, and with Will Johnson converting the point after, gave WSSU a 7-0 lead.
St. Augustine's answered with a score of their own early in the second quarter, as Sean Smith connected on a 40-yard field goal to cut the Rams lead to 7-3.
With 5:05 left before the half, WSSU was able to reach the endzone for the second time, as Kerrion scored his second touchdown of the game, this time from two yards out to give the Rams a 14-3 advantage.
The WSSU Rams would get another opportunity with 53 second left before halftime, as Will Johnson would hit a 37 yards field goal, and the Rams would take a 17-3 halftime lead into the locker room.
It would be the second half that the Rams would break the game open, scoring three times in the third quarter.
On their next possession, two plays into the drive, Te'Vaughn Hurse would explode through the Falcons defense and race 63 yards for a touchdown, moving the Rams lead to 31-3, midway through the third quarter.
Not willing to give in, St. Augustine's would put together an 11 play, 71 yard drive, and come away with a 17 yards scoring pass from DJ Johnson to Sam Boyd, to move closer, 31-10.
With 1:47 left in the third quarter, it took one play for the Rams to score, as Rod Tinsley found a streaking Canard Brown down the right side, for a 68 yard touchdown pass and catch, to push the Rams lead back out to 38-10.
Winston-Salem State would put the game away late in the fourth, when AJ Nocciolo scored from two yards out on a quarterback sneak, to give the Rams a 45-10 lead, that they would keep until the clock hit triple zeros.
The WSSU offense was led by rusher, Te'Vaughn Hurse, who finished the afternoon with 11 carries for 114 yards and one touchdown, with a long of 63 yards. Kerrion Moore ran the ball nine times for 66 yards and two scores, and Justus Pickett carried the ball five times for 53 yards.
Rod Tinsley went 10 of 19 for 186 yards and two touchdowns, including a 68-yard scoring strike in the third quarter for a score.
Demeeko Jones led the receiving corps with four catches for 20 yards, while Canard Brown finished with two receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown. Will Walton also had two catches on the afternoon for 42 yards and one touchdown. Reggie Wilkins had one catch for 49 yards, and Te'Vaughn Hurse had one catch for one yard.
Defensively, the Rams were led by Jayron Rankin and Braxton Daye, who each finished with six tackles. Rankin also picked up 1.5 sacks and two tackles for loss yards. Cameron Sullivan had five tackles, and Jarell Bright had 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss yards and one forced fumble. Josh Martin had five tackles, and Albert McLean finished with five tackles and one tackle for a loss. Tyron Roberts also had five tackles, one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hurry, and Jatavius Jackson finished with five tackles, one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.
WSSU will return to Bowman Gray Stadium next Saturday, as they will celebrate Senior Day, with a 1:30pm kickoff against the Blue Bears of Livingstone College.