Vikings Fall Short to Bowie State in Roebuck Stadium, Saturday Afternoon

Nov. 4, 2017

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Senior quarterback Daquan Neal paced the Elizabeth City State Vikings on offense with 290 passing yards and 72 rushing yards, both team-highs on Senior Day in Roebuck Stadium, as ECSU (4-6 overall; 2-4 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) fell 77-21 to the No. 20 Bowie State University Bulldogs Saturday afternoon.

Junior receiver Dajuan Greene had a game-high 135 reception yards on a game-high nine receptions in the loss. Junior Linebacker Vincent Thomas led the Vikings defense with 10.5 tackles, which included 1.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

The Bulldogs (9-1 overall; 4-1 CIAA) lit up the scoreboard first at the 8:56 mark of the first quarter on a 10-yard run by Robert Chesson. Sophomore Gene Carson added the extra point for the early 7-0 lead. Chesson punched it in again at the 5:36 mark, pounding in from 4-yards out to take a 14-0 lead.

Chesson found the end zone again at the 14:26 mark of the second quarter, this time for a 28-yard score and a 21-0 advantage.

ECSU’s Neal completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Greene and senior place kicker Joshua Laverty added the extra point, trimming Bowie State lead to 21-7 with 11:15 to go in the second quarter.

After being pinned deep following an Elizabeth City State punt, Bowie State quickly responded with a 97-yard touch-down jaunt by Chesson to give the Bulldogs a 28-7 cushion at the 10:42 mark of the second quarter.

The Vikings cut the Bulldogs lead in half with 2:45 left in the first half when Neal completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to David Watford.

Chesson got those points back on its next possession, going 73 yards in five plays, strolling into the end zone from 1-yard out to send Bowie State into halftime with a 35-14 advantage.

The Bulldogs scored on its opening possession of the third quarter when Chesson walked in for the score from 1-yard out to pad the Bowie State lead at 42-14.

Neal connected with Greene again for a score, this time for a 19-yard score at the 9:04 mark of the third quarter, but the Vikings trailed 42-21

Maurice Williams recorded his third touchdown of the season on a run around the left side of the Vikings defense, for a 15-yard score to extend the Bulldogs lead to 49-21.

Chesson scored his seventh touchdown of the contest on a 4-yard run, giving Bowie State a 56-21 cushion early in the fourth quarter. Chesson scored again at the 10:53 mark of the final quarter when Hall connected with him for a 13-yard score to pad the Bulldogs lead at 63-21.

BSU’s Williams notched a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:33 remaining and William Flowers sealed the victory with a 55-yard interception return for a score to account for the final margin of 77-21.

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