BOWIE -- Bowie State's two-game winning streak ended yesterday, as Central State of Ohio converted four interceptions into quick touchdowns on the way to a 56-7 rout at Bowie Field.
The Marauders (5-1), who entered the game with a 50-point scoring average, added to a 14-0 halftime lead with four third-quarter touchdowns in less than eight minutes. Three of the scores came after the Central State defense had picked off a pass. Those three turnovers gave the Marauders possession at the Bowie 27-, 6- and 8-yard lines.
Central State junior quarterback Henderson Mosley, who finished with 12-for-16 passing and four touchdowns, threw for three of them in the third quarter and added a 2-yard scoring run, as Bowie fell behind, 42-0, after three quarters.
"We threw some different defenses at them, and we hung with them in the first half," said Bowie linebacker Randy Norris. "The second half we made too many mistakes, and they capitalized on them."
The loss was the worst for Bowie State (3-5) since the final game of the winless 1984 season, when the Bulldogs lost to Elon, 50-0. But Bowie head coach Sanders Shiver thought his team had a good game plan against the visitors.
"I think we're capable of playing with them," Shiver said. "We played the first half tough. We had the right plan, but at halftime our players got a little satisfied. We have a young team, and it's just a matter of our kids growing to the next level. We can learn from this."
Bowie had fallen behind, 14-0, in the first quarter, as Mosley hit Leroy Perkins for the first score and the Marauders then scored on a 34-yard pass from linebacker Marvin Pope to flanker Jerry Jones out of a punt formation.
Bowie's Norris blocked a field-goal attempt just before halftime, but there was little to cheer about in the second half for the Bulldogs fans among the 4,475 on hand.
Bowie's only score came on a fourth-quarter, 53-yard pass from Richard Thomas to Butch Wilson.
But the Marauders offense wasn't finished yet, as the reserves tacked on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Antonio Kennedy to Adrian Lesesne and Ernest Holloway moved Central past the 50-point mark with a 14-yard touchdown run with less than six minutes to play.
Thomas, who opened the season as Bowie's startin quarterback before losing the job to Don Janey after a shoulder injury, drove the Bulldogs downfield for one last scoring opportunity, but the drive stalled inside the Central 20.
Bowie will close its season Saturday at Central Connecticu State.
Central State... 14... 0... 28... 14 -- 56
Bowie State...... 0... 0.... 0.....7 -- 7
CS--Perkins 20 pass from Mosley (Jackson kick)
CS--Jones 34 pass from Pope (Jackson kick)
CS--Jones 45 pass from Mosley (Jackson kick)
CS--Jackson 16 pass from Mosley (Jackson kick)
CS--Mosley 2 run (Jackson kick)
CS--Lesesne 5 pass from Mosley (Jackson kick)
BS--Wilson 53 pass from Thomas (Fitzpatrick kick)
CS--Lesesne 6 pass from Kennedy (Jackson kick)
CS--Holloway 14 run (Jackson kick)
CSBS First downs 2118
Return yards 133102
Time of possession 33:0027:00
RUSHING--Central State, Hill, 11-98; Mosley, 10-41; Holloway, 8-28; Johns, 3-15; Perkins 3-4. Bowie State, Wilson, 14-91; Janey, 7-18; Jones, 3-14; Dyer, 3-10; Thomas, 2-18; Harrison 1-(-7).
PASSING--Central State, Mosley, 12-16-0--160, 4 TDs; Kennedy, 3-5-0--78, 1 TD, Pope 1-1-0--34, 1 TD. Bowie State, Janey, 3-15-4--75; Thomas, 8-16-1--155, 1 TD.
RECEIVING--Central State, Jones, 5-126; Jackson, 2-20; Lesesne, 2-11; McFadden, 1-56; Britton, 2-19; Perkins, 1-20; Taylor 1-8. Bowie State, Harrison, 6-101; Ball, 2-15; Dyer, 2-57; Wilson, 1-57.