WORCESTER, Mass. – Assumption College had no trouble with Bowie State University on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 51-29 NCAA Super Region One quarterfinal win. The loss ends the Bulldogs season record at 9-3.
Turnovers and penalties really hurt the Bulldogs as Bowie State was flagged 12 times for 105 yards and committed a season-high five turnovers.
Redshirt junior Nyme Manns (Baltimore, Md.) had a career game, hauling in a new school single-game receptions record with 14 catches for 127 yards. Redshirt senior quarterback Trevon Bennett (Fort Washington, Md.) threw for a game-high 309 yards, completing 30-of-49 passes but was intercepted three times and sacked five times.
Junior Ricardo Smith (Oxon Hill, Md.) led the Bulldogs defense with eight tackles while senior Brian Hall (Capitol Heights, Md.) and junior Sean Copeland (Baltimore, Md.) added seven tackles each.
Marc Monks completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Deonte Harris at the 7:16 mark of the first quarter. Cole Tracy added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Assumption (11-1) tacked on seven more points at the 14:40 mark of the second quarter on a 23-yard rushing touchdown by James Ward and Tracy PAT. The Greyhounds capitalized on Monks pass to Ashton Grant for 21 yards to push lead to 21-0.
Bowie State get on the board with 11:15 left in the second quarter on a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Stephen Willis (Beltsville, Md.) to trim deficit to 21-7.
An interception by Smith on Assumption’s next possession assisted the Bulldogs in their next scoring opportunity. Redshirt junior Christopher Palmer (St. May’s, Md.) booted a 26-yard field goal with 9:14 remaining in the second quarter to cut the Greyhounds lead down to 21-10.
Assumption blocked a Bowie State punt and recovered the ball out of the end zone, but the Greyhounds earn a safety for a 23-10 advantage. The Greyhounds extended its lead to 30-10 with 1:38 remaining in the second quarter on a Monks to Grant 26 yard pass, catch and score.
BSU’s Bennett was picked off for the third time in the game and Assumption to full advantage of the turnover. Ward rushed untouched for an 8-yard score and a very comfortable 37-10 lead at the 10:15 mark of the third quarter.
Bennett connected with Manns for a 1-yard touchdown and Palmer’s extra point, capping off a 15-play, 75 yard drive to make the score 37-17 with 3:13 left in the third.
The Assumption duo of Monks and Grant teamed up again for a 25 yard score with 10:36 remaining in the game to pad the Greyhounds lead 44-17.
With 7:59 to go in the game, graduate student Kendall Jefferson (Temple Hills, Md.) recorded his eighth rushing touchdown of the season to make the score 44-23 Assumption.
The Greyhounds put the final nail in the coffin, when Dylan Oxsen rushed for a 15 yard touchdown and a 51-23 advantage.
Bowie State freshman quarterback Amir Hall (Bowie, Md.) saw his first action of the season and scored an 8-yard rushing touchdown with 2:07 remaining to account for the final score. Hall finished the game with 91 passing yards, completing 5-of-12 passes.
Courtesy: Bowie State Athletics