BOWIE, Md. – Graduate senior Dion “DJ” Golatt, Jr. set a new program record for most yards in a single game with 439 on the day as the Bowie State Bulldogs football team upended the Blue Bears of Livingstone College, 53-7 for its annual Homecoming game Saturday afternoon at Bulldog Stadium.
Golatt, Jr. passed former Bowie State standout Amir Hall who previously held the record for most yards in a game at 433 yards.
The Largo, Md., native completed 32-of-40 passes, four TDs and two interceptions on the afternoon while redshirt sophomore Sam Doku (Silver Springs, MD) rushed for 77-yards on 13 carries and a touchdown and redshirt junior Kwincy Hall (Washington, D.C.) caught 10 passes for 120-yards and a TD.
The Bulldogs combined for 666 total yards – the most this season and fourth all-time including 465 through the air (now second all-time in program history) and 201 on the ground. Six different Bulldogs scored a touchdown in today’s game.
Redshirt sophomore Sadiq Salawu (Upper Marlboro, MD) led the defense with six tackles and a tackle for loss while redshirt sophomore Mekhi Williams (Springdale, MD) redshirt junior Uvel Paul, Jr. (Severn, MD) both contributed five tackles apiece as Paul, Jr. recorded two sacks (15-yards) and 2.5 tackle for loss.
Bowie State took an early 6-0 lead in the opening quarter on a 15-play 82-yard drive capped by a two-yard scamper for junior Elisha McDonald (Greenbelt, MD). In the second, redshirt senior Morgan Scroggins (Baltimore, MD) caught a 32-yard pass from Golatt, Jr. to give the Bulldogs a 12-0 lead at the 14:51 mark of the second quarter.
It would be all Bowie State for the remainder of the second quarter as BSU tacked on an eight-yard reception TD for Hall at the 10:35 mark, followed by a blocked punt from redshirt junior Raymond Boone (Landover, MD) that led to a Bowie State safety at the 7:25 mark. Redshirt sophomore Quron Winder (Baltimore, MD) scored on a 33-yard reception with 4:32 left and then redshirt sophomore Kyle Parker (Bowie, MD) scored on a 21-yard reception that provided Bowie State with a big 35-0 lead at intermission.
Bowie State never took its feet off the gas in the second half. The Bulldogs outscored the Blue Bears 15-7 including six-yard rushing TD for Doku, another BSU safety and a nine-yard rushing TD for backup quarterback and junior Larry Williams (Baltimore, MD) in the third quarter. LC’s lone touchdown came from an 83-yard interception for Kevin Larkins.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs added one more score when redshirt sophomore Justin Zavala (Bowie, MD) hit a 29-yard field goal – his longest of the year that stamped the homecoming victory.
Bowie State improves to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the CIAA while Livingstone falls to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in league action. The Bulldogs return to action Saturday, Oct. 8 with a road trip to Ettrick, Va., to take on the Trojans of Virginia State. Game time set for 4 p.m. at Rogers Stadium.
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