9-0 Bowie loss leaves Shiver muttering Bulldogs offense gains just 120 yards

September 20, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

BOWIE -- Bowie State coach Sanders Shiver walked off the field, quietly spewing words that he felt best described his offense.

"Inept" was one. "Pathetic" was another.

Only its unproductiveness distinguished the offense in Bowie State's 9-0 loss to North Carolina Central (2-1) in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association game yesterday that left the Bulldogs winless after three games.

Bowie State rushed for 62 yards and passed for 58, for a meager offensive total of 120.

Asked where his team must improve before the Bulldogs play Virginia State Saturday, the former Colts linebacker smiled.

"Maybe I need $100,000 to buy me some offensive linemen," Shiver said. "Seriously, it's not just the offensive line. It's the offense -- all 11."

This was not the sort of christening Shiver had in mind for Bowie's new 6,000-seat stadium. A crowd of 4,896 that included Washington Bullets coach Wes Unseld turned out yesterday for the first of five straight home games.

North Carolina Central's Kevin Houston provided the game's only offense. The freshman from Fayetteville, N.C., kicked field goals of 39, 47 and 35 yards, in the second, third and fourth quarters, respectively.

For Bowie State, it could have been worse. Houston missed one field goal and two others were blocked.

The Bulldogs' best weapon was Steve Smith, who returned the opening kickoff 32 yards and the second-half kickoff 40.

Bowie State's sloppy play was cut from the same pattern as the first two games in which the Bulldogs were outscored, 79-20.

There were penalties (10 for 85 yards), including one for roughing the punter, six interceptions, bad snaps and fumbled pitches.

Shiver employed two freshman quarterbacks, first Delmar Glanton and then Nate Jamison. Both were found wanting.

"They didn't get the job done," Shiver said. "But we have to remember they're freshmen.''

Shiver was cheered only by his defense.

"We played well on defense," Shiver said. "You can't beat the way we played hard. Even when N.C. Central made it 9-0 in the fourth quarter, we still had a shot."

More than three minutes remained at that point. Bowie State had Dthe ball twice after that, but lost it both times on interceptions.

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