Sunday, September 4, 2016

Winston-Salem State can't hold off UNC Pembroke

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- Winston-Salem State failed to close it out in its opener on Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium, and UNC Pembroke was more than happy to take advantage for a 20-17 come-from-behind victory in front of 4,500 fans.

“It’s disappointing,” said safety Cameron Sullivan, who had an early 28-yard interception return for the Rams. “We had it going in the first half. Then it happened.”

What happened was the Braves figured out quarterback Rod Tinsley and the offense in the second half, holding the Rams to just 17 plays and 40 total yards. The Rams’ defense, meanwhile, put in overtime as quarterback Patrick O’Brien of the Braves found plenty of openings.

Coach Kienus Boulware of the Rams watched his team enjoy a 17-3 lead at halftime, but that lead fell apart as the Braves grabbed the momentum and never let go.

“They caught a momentum swing in the second half and it was hard to stop them,” said Boulware, who has now lost four straight nonconference games going back to last season. “Offensively, we couldn’t get out and sustain a drive and do what we were doing in the first half. A mistake here and a mistake there cost us. It just didn’t swing our way.”


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