Virginia Union on the rebound, rolls to 26-6 defeat of Bowie

October 04, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

BOWIE — TC BOWIE -- The wrong team was in disarray.

Virginia Union handled Bowie State, 26-6, at Bulldog Stadium yesterday in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association contest the home team thought it could win.

It came a week after Bowie State's (1-4, 1-3) only victory and a lopsided Virginia Union (1-2-1, 1-1-1) loss that got coach Mel Rose fired. The Panthers, who only four days earlier learned they would be under interim co-head coaches for the rest of the season, had their way offensively, defensively, and on special teams against a young Bulldogs team that has only nine seniors and five juniors.

"You tell me," coach Sanders Shiver said when asked what was wrong with the Bulldogs. "If I knew what was wrong, I'd change it.

"I preached to our kids that Virginia Union has a lot of talent and scholarship athletes, but they read about the coaching change and thought we'd have it easy."

The Panthers, who haven't had a losing season in 23 years, racked up 416 yards in total offense behind junior quarterback Eddie Fletcher. Its defense ranked last in the CIAA after the previous week's 80-26 thrashing by New Haven, but the Panthers were prepared for a Bowie State offense that ranks last in the CIAA.

The Bulldogs went 39 minutes without a first down under freshman quarterback Delmar Glanton. They didn't get their touchdown until six seconds remained, when a 55-yard pass from substitute quarterback Martin Littles to Wallace Wortham inflated Bowie State's total offense to 128 yards.

Virginia Union 3 14 6 3 -- 26

Bowie State 0 0 0 6 -- 6

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