Fayetteville State surprises Bowie, 6-3 Last-minute fake FG try turns into winning TD

October 29, 1995|By John Harris III | John Harris III,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BOWIE -- For the second season in a row, Fayetteville State helped dampen homecoming day at Bowie State University.

This time around, the Broncos waited until the final 40 seconds of the game before pulling off a 6-3 upset in front of 6,000 fans at Bulldog Stadium.

Jermaine Bryant's 24-yard touchdown pass to Aris Young on a fake field-goal attempt gave the visitors their first win of the season, improving their record to 1-5-2 overall and 1-4-2 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs dropped to 3-6 and 2-5 in conference play.

"We let them hang in there a little too long," said Bowie State coach Sherman Wood. "We [the coaching staff] said that if we didn't have a 14-point lead by the fourth quarter, anything could happen."

The Broncos' winning drive lasted 15 plays while consuming 5 minutes, 34 seconds. More notably, the sequence featured a fake punt and a 35-yard halfback pass from Aris Young to Sedric Utley.

Fayetteville coach Jerome Harper said, "The [winning play] wasn't luck, it was all preparation. The kids work on those plays rTC all of the time. In the last four years, we've run the fake field goal 17 times -- and scored 15 touchdowns off of it."

Prior to the fourth quarter, the Broncos failed to attempt a pass behind the direction of freshman Lamont Robinson.

Running back Walter Young led the way offensively for Fayetteville, rushing for 80 yards on 20 carries. Harper had benched Bryant for three quarters because of a missed practice earlier in the week.

"He missed practice on Monday, but I think we needed to shake things up a little bit anyway" Harper said. "Robinson did a great job of running the offense until Jermaine got in."

Bryant said, "This was the biggest win at FSU in a long time. We really needed this one."

Thirty seconds into the fourth quarter, Bowie State took the lead with a 24-yard field goal by Danny Lewis.

"I'll tell you, this [loss] really hurt us, especially losing at the end of the game," said Bowie defensive back Tony Drummond. The Bulldogs failed to take advantage of their superior field position throughout the first half. Midway through the first quarter, when Melvin Pannell blocked Shawn Harrison's punt, Malcolm Preston returned the loose ball 25 yards to the Broncos' 5.

One play later, Fayetteville's Tyrell Chatman recovered running back Topper Ellis' fumble at the 1.

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