Division II Bowie State surprises Morgan, 35-21

Redman's 99-yard score highlights record night

College Football

September 11, 2005|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Morgan State narrowly escaped with a six-point win when it met Bowie State last year. The Division II school was upset that it came so close and longed for another shot at the Division I-AA Bears.

The Bulldogs got their wish last night, but even they couldn't have dreamed of what happened. Bowie State shocked Morgan State by making one big play after another early and scoring the game's first 28 points. Isaac Redman ran for a 99-yard touchdown and set a school record with 209 yards rushing, helping the Bulldogs to a 35-21 victory over the Bears at Hughes Stadium.

Bowie State (3-0) didn't do much flashy on offense. Redman and the Bulldogs simply ran right over the Bears and gained huge chunks of yardage while doing it. The sophomore had 32 carries, scored three touchdowns and played a big role in helping Bowie State rush for 394 yards and gain 479 overall.

Morgan State came away with a 41-35 victory in last year's game, but the Bulldogs thought they should have won. Redman said the Bulldogs wanted a chance to even the score after that contest.

"We knew we let one slip away last year," Redman said. "We couldn't wait to come here."

Quarterback Lamar Manigo made numerous Morgan State tacklers miss him in the backfield and everywhere else, finishing with 113 yards rushing. He got 70 of that on a naked bootleg as the Bulldogs were running out the clock but also threw for 85 yards to help keep the team moving.

"We'd been planning for this all summer," Manigo said. "Our offensive line just manhandled them, [and ] we were able to execute."

The Bulldogs scored on their first three possessions, just missed scoring the next time, and then Redman gave Bowie State the 28-0 lead with a 99-yard touchdown run with 5:42 left in the half. Morgan State (0-2) had appeared to be in good position after downing a punt at the Bulldogs' 1-yard line, but Redman broke free for the long scoring run two plays later.

Morgan State was trying to rebound from last week's last-second loss at Towson but never stopped the Bulldogs. Bowie State kept pounding the ball up the middle and opened gaping holes that Redman, Nathaniel Queen (56 yards) and Manigo kept running through. Bowie State didn't even need to punt until the final 90 seconds of the third quarter.

"Anytime you give up big plays, you're in trouble," said Morgan State coach Donald Hill-Eley. "We came out flat and never recovered."

Morgan State slowly began to rally after Redman's long touchdown run. Quarterback Byron Selby got his first two touchdown runs, for 6 and 5 yards, to cut the deficit to 35-14 at the break.

Selby completed 20 of 34 for 236 yards, but the Bulldogs intercepted three passes to stop Morgan State drives. The sophomore began helping the offense open up and sparked a rally in which the Bears scored 21 of the game's final 28 points.

His 17-yard run set up Jason Jackson's 2-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter that cut the Bowie State lead to 35-21. The Bears had a few more good scoring chances but kept coming up short. Morgan State had little trouble moving the ball and finished with 351 yards of total offense, but the early 28-0 deficit proved too much to overcome.

"We didn't underestimate them at all," Selby said. "They just came out and ran it on us."

Bowie State 14 21 0 0-35

Morgan State 0 14 0 7-21

First quarter

BS-Redman 9 run (Walls kick), 7:45

BS-Redman 25 run (Walls kick), 2:15

Second quarter

BS-Thomas 49 pass from Manigo (Walls kick), 14:23

BS-Redman 99 run (Walls kick), 5:42

MS-Selby 6 run (Spinner kick), 1:39

BS-Queen 5 run (Walls), :36

MS-Selby 5 run (rush failed), :05

Fourth quarter

MS-Jackson 2 run (Keever kick), 13:40

A-9,547

BS MS

First downs 20 17

Rushes-yards 59-430 31-144

Passing 85 236

Comp-Att-Int 3-9-0 20-35-3

Return Yards 128 135

Punts-Avg. 4-38.8 3-38.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0

Penalties-Yards 6-55 9-72

Time of Possession 35:33 24:27 Rushing-Bowie State, Redman 32-209, Manigo 9-113, Queen 11-56, Armstrong 1-11, Adeboyeku 4-6, Thomas 1-0; Morgan State, Nelson 9-65, Selby 11-30, Jackson 11-20.

Passing-Bowie State, Manigo 3-9-0-1; Morgan State, Selby 20-34-3-0.

Receiving-Bowie State, Thomas 1-49, Henry 1-19, Moore 1-17; Morgan State, Napper 6-74, Wolfe 4-80, Dickens 4-53, Wilson 3-27, Jackson 3-2.

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