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Rams Come Up Short Against The Bears

WSSU overcame a 10-point deficit to take a 14-10 lead at halftime, but the Rams offense went scoreless in the second half allowing Shaw to claim a 38-14 win in Raleigh.  The loss dropped the Rams' record to 3-3 in CIAA play and 3-5 overall. 

Both teams were scoreless in the first quarter.  The Bears put three points on the scoreboard early in the second quarter on a field goal and added a touchdown four minutes later to take a 10-point lead.

WSSU responded with an eight-play 65-yard drive to score its first touchdown on a 17-yard run by junior quarterback Cameron Lewis.  Sophomore Jobanni Esparza kicked the point-after, and the Rams were down three with 4:25 to play before halftime.

The Rams defense held Shaw on its next possession, forcing a punt that rolled dead at the 13-yard line with 2:39 to play.

Lewis proceeded to lead WSSU in a brilliant hurry-up offense that methodically marched 87 yards in 10 plays for the go-ahead score with only 25 seconds to play before halftime.  Graduate student Alex Cabrera caught an 11-yard pass in the back of the endzone, his third TD reception in two games.  Esparza kicked his 17th extra point in 18 attempts this season, and the Rams had their fourth halftime lead in the last four games.

Led by senior Ta'Shaun Taylor's game-high 11 solo tackles, the WSSU defense held the high-powered Bears running game scoreless in the first 11 minutes of the third quarter.  Shaw took advantage of a short field, going 49 yards in six plays to take a 17-14 lead with 2:03 remaining in the quarter.

The Bears running game, which was held to 85 yards on 17 carries in the first half, exploded in the fourth quarter setting up three scores. Shaw finished with 261 rushing yards and 391 yards in total offense.

WSSU could never mount a serious scoring threat in the second half.  After gaining 154 yards in the first 30 minutes, the Rams could only muster 61 yards after halftime.  'SU was successful on only three of 12 third down attempts while Shaw was five of 10.

Esparza continued to improve his season punting average.  The Hamilton City, CA transfer punted three times, averaging 42.7 yards.

WSSU's final game is Saturday with a 2 p.m. kickoff at Fayetteville State.