BOWIE -- The frustration mounted at Bowie Field yesterday, as the four-game homestand that was supposed to send Bowie State toward its second straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship continued to unravel with a third straight loss.
Norfolk State (5-1 overall and 3-0 in the CIAA) turned a perfect homecoming day for the overflow crowd of 9,215 at Bowie Field into a 29-17 defeat for the home team.
Bowie fell to 1-4 overall and 0-4 in conference play, as the big play at the right time continued to elude the Bulldogs. "We just have not made the big plays," coach Sanders Shiver said. "That's the difference this year in winning and losing."
Bowie got a break on the opening kickoff when Norfolk State fumbled. However, quarterback Richard Thomas' pass on the first offensive play for the Bulldogs was intercepted in the end zone by Norfolk's Jesse Chavis and any early momentum for Bowie was put on hold. "That interception did put us down," Shiver said.
Norfolk State, which entered the game as the No. 1 Division II team in the country in scoring defense and total defense, moved ahead, 6-0, late in the first quarter, as Lawrence Pinckney scored on a 7-yard run. The Spartans held Bowie to a 20-yard field goal by Mark Fitzpatrick in the first half and led, 6-3.
After holding Bowie without a first down on its first possession of the third quarter, Norfolk marched 73 yards in 13 plays to open a 13-3 lead on a 12-yard run by Karlsten Skinner and an extra point by Lawrence Holmes midway through the third quarter.
Frostburg 41, Catholic 0
WASHINGTON -- Sixth-ranked Division III Frostburg State (5-0) defeated Catholic University (2-3) before 950 at CUA Field. Senior Tony Hooker's 41-yard punt return put Frostburg up, 6-0, after the first quarter. The Bobcats added five rushing touchdowns.
Glassboro St. 31, Sal. St. 13
SALISBURY -- Quarterback Ed Hesson's two touchdown passes and a strong defensive effort led Glassboro State (5-0) over Salisbury State (0-5) in a non-conference game.
Ursinus 28, Johns Hopkins 12
COLLEGESVILLE, Pa. -- Anthony Barber's two touchdowns gave Ursinus (2-3, 1-3) a victory over Johns Hopkins (2-3, 1-2) in a Centennial Conference game.
W. Md. 14, Rand.-Macon 14
ASHLAND, Va. -- Eric Frees scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run with 6:15 remaining in the game, and Buck Hartzell's extra point pulled Western Maryland (3-1-1) into a tie with Randolph-Macon (3-1-1).