Hall completed 25-of-36 passes for 332 yards and four touchdowns to pace Bowie State's offense. His primary target, senior Nyme Manns(Baltimore, Md.), recorded game-highs of 129 yards on eight receptions and scored two touchdowns. Junior Daivon Nixon (Laurel, Md.) and graduate student Kevaugn Townsend (Fort Washington, Md.) tallied a game-high 10 tackles each for the Bulldogs.
Bowie State (5-2, 4-0 CIAA, 2-0 North) drew first blood at the 9:20 mark of the first quarter on a Hall Manns 16-yard pass and catch for a 6-0 lead.
Virginia State's Kevin Bellamy (Hampton, Va.) put the visitors in front 14-6 by the end of the first quarter with TD runs of two and 24 yards.
Hall and Manns teamed up again to pull the Bulldogs within one at 14-13 at the 9:38 mark of the second quarter, this time for an 18-yard score.
The Trojans quickly responded on their next possession as Cannon rumbled for a 76 yard touchdown run to set the score at 21-13 with 9:16 on the second quarter clock.
Just over a minute later (8:17), Bulldogs' redshirt sophomore Brandon Britton (Columbia, Md.) caught a Hall pass for a 60 yard touchdown reception, closing Virginia State's lead to 21-20.
A Matthew Hillquist (Glen Allen, Va.) 29-yard field goal with 19 seconds left on the first half clock sent Virginia State into halftime with a 24-20 advantage.
Virginia State had back-to-back third quarter scores to give the Trojans a 37-20 cushion. Christian Harden (Richmond, Va.) recorded an 11-yard TD reception and Cannon tallied a 30-yard receiving touchdown, both from Ayres.
However, the Bowie State defense turned it up at this point, holding Virginia State scoreless over the final 23:46. Bulldogs sophomore Deron Smith (Bowie, Md.) notched his fourth TD reception of the season with six minutes left in the third quarter, pulling in a 13 yard pass from Hall. BSU's Chesson recorded his seventh touchdown of the year at the 3:55 mark, rushing for a 24 yard score that cut the deficit to 37-32.
The Bulldogs put together an eight play, 69-yard fourth quarter drive, capped off by Halls eventual game winning touchdown.
Virginia State (5-2, 2-2 CIAA, 1-1 North) was led by the ground attack of Trenton Cannon (Hampton, Va.) and Bellamy with 138 and 104 rushing yards respectively. Cannon had a touchdown run of 76 yards to go along with 197 kickoff return yards while Bellamy accounted for two scores. Tarian Ayres (Buckingham, Va.) recorded 118 passing yards, completing 16-of-31 passes (one interception) and two touchdowns. Brandon Lynch (Norfolk, Va.) led the Trojans on defense with nine total tackles (7 solo and 2 assisted) which included 2.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for a loss.
The Trojans led the team statistics, holding advantages in first downs (23 to 20), total yards (415 to 385) and possession time (33:49 to 26:11.).
The Bulldogs head south next Saturday (10/22) to face the Panthers of Virginia Union University in a key conference Northern Division contest. Game time at VUU's Hovey Field is 1 p.m. and will nationally televised on ESPN3.
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