Rudy Johnson accounts for six touchdowns in Rams huge win
WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Winston-Salem State's Rudy Johnson threw for 390 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 73 yards and two touchdowns as the #16 Rams dominated the Bowie State University Bulldogs, 56-21 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem on Saturday afternoon.
The win moves the WSSU Rams to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the CIAA. Bowie State falls to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the CIAA.
Winston-Salem State came out of the gate strong but could not muster any consistency early, as the Rams defense bowed up early and stopped anything the Bulldogs were offering.
WSSU's Rudy Johnson got the Rams on the board first, as he threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Eric Wolfe with 3:02 in the opening quarter. Alejandro Suarez missed the extra point, giving the Rams a 6-0 lead.
Bowie State responded on the next series as they marched 55 yards and crossed the goal line with a two-yard touchdown run by Keith Brown and the converted extra point gave the Bulldogs their only lead of the day, 7-6.
The score woke up WSSU's offense, and the Rams would start a period where they would score 50 unanswered points.
On their next possession, Rudy Johnson would cap a 74 yard drive with a five yard run, and a successful PAT by Alejandro Suarez, gave the Rams 13-7 lead.
With 2:15 to go before halftime, Rudy Johnson would hook up with Chase Powell for a 28 yard score, and the Rams lead ballooned to 20-7.
The Rams defense continued to hold the Bulldogs at bay, and forced a punt with 1:37 left in the first half.
Rudy Johnson would engineer another beautiful drive, and capped off a 81 yard drive with a 22 yard rush for a touchdown to give WSSU a commanding 28-7 lead heading into the locker room at the half.
As the third quarter began, the WSSU onslaught kept its steam from the first half, Rudy Johnson would connect with a wide open Tehvyn Brantley would a 63 yard scoring strike to give the Rams a 35-7 advantage.
The suffocating WSSU defense would not let Bowie State get anything going, and on the Bulldogs next series, the Rams forced another punt.
The Rudy Johnson show would continue to pound the Bulldogs, as he would start his next series on his own four yard line. But it wouldn't take long to navigate the length of the field, as it took only seven plays and 2:20 for Johnson to find tight end Shane Blue for a 49 yard score to give WSSU an insurmountable 42-7 lead.
The Winston-Salem State ground game would continue to pound on the Bulldogs, as Maurice Lewis would score a pair of touchdowns late in the third and in the fourth quarter to give WSSU a 56-7 advantage.
With 8:07 remaining in the contest, Bowie's Trevon Bennett, would get the Bulldogs on the board again, throwing a three-yard touchdown to sophomore Garry Cropper.
The Bulldogs scored one more time with just a minute to play on a Bennett to 7-yard pass and catch to Ricardo Smith.
Winston-Salem State's offense accounted for a whopping 690 yards of total offense, including 428 passing and 262 rushing yards. The WSSU defense held Bowie State to 252 yards of offense.
WSSU had its best day rushing the football in 2013, with Rudy Johnson picking up 73 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns, while Joshua Glisson finished with 57 yards on eight carries. Patrick Mputu rushed 10 times for 53 yards and Maurice had 48 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
Rudy Johnson, making his fourth consecutive start, had another career day, as he finished 20 of 36 for 390 yards and four touchdowns. This was his second straight game with four touchdown passes.
10 different receivers caught passes, the second week in a row that double digit receivers caught passes, led by junior, Eric Wolff, who hauled in career highs with six catches for 116 yards and a score. Chase Powell continued his stellar play, making four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, while Donovan Rasberry hauled in three passes for 41 yards. Tehvyn Brantley had three catches for 87 yards, one for a 63 yard touchdown reception, and Kenneth Patterson also had two catches on the afternoon.
Defensively, Daniel Mungin and Carlos Fields led the Rams with six tackles each, with Mungin also having a tackle for a loss, And Fields having a half a tackle for a loss. Michael Bloomfield and two way player, Jerry Chandler, had four tackles each with Bloomfield picking up two tackles for losses, and Chandler having a tackle for a loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. Safety, Jerome Junior, also had four tacklers and a quarterback hurry. Six different Rams had three tackles apiece, with John Rizor also having a sack and tackle for a loss. Everette Proctor had a fumble recovery and Larry Hearne had an interception.
Winston-Salem State University will host Johnson C. Smith University in a key CIAA showdown of unbeaten conference teams, at 1:30 p.m. at Bowman Gray Stadium for Homecoming 2013.