ECSU VIKINGS EDGE BOWIE STATE BULLDOGS 10-6
Nov. 3, 2007
ELIZABETH CITY, NC- The Elizabeth City State University Viking football team defeated the Bowie State University Bulldogs 10-6 in their regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Roebuck Stadium.
Unfortunately for ECSU fans since Virginia Union University downed Fayetteville State 34-17 to claim the 2007 Eastern Division Championship, the Vikings see their season end at 5-5 overall (CIAA 5-2).
After a scoreless first half the Vikings got on the board first via a 27 yard field goal by Daniel Mendez with 7:18 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The Bulldogs (3-7, CIAA 3-4) then went ahead after Jason Scott connected with Paul Atueyi for a 19-yard touchdown with 12:31 to go in the game. The extra point attempt fell short and BSU clung to a 6-3 advantage. On the ensuing drive the Vikings led by Curtis Rich, Jr., conducted a 12-play 82-yard drive which was capped by a 1-yard rushing TD by Rich for the final point spread of 10-6. Any hopes of a Bowie comeback we deflated on the ensuing kickoff when Kendrell Harley stripped Travis Bowman of the football and the fumble was recovered by Tim Love to close out the game.
It was the Viking defense that held BSU in the scoreless tough they threatened twice in the first half. The Bulldogs were deep in ECSU territory on consecutive possessions yet were held to field goal attempts that missed from 32 and 25 yards. The first miss came after the Bulldogs ran a tedious 23-play 65- yard drive that spanned almost eleven minutes.
In his final game at Roebuck Stadium, Brandon Fields carried the ball 27 times for 122 yards. Defensively four ECSU seniors led the charge that limited the Bulldogs to 157 yards of total offense. Karl Wimberly and Charles McEachin both tied for the game high with 8 tackles apiece while Shawn Dickerson and Jeremy Carthen each contributed 7 tackles.
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