Bowie State Beats West Alabama To Advance In Playoffs


Bowie State Earns First Win in Playoffs Ever


BOWIE, Md. – Amir Hall passed for 360 yards and rushed for 51 more as Bowie State held off West Alabama, 41-35, in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Division II Football Playoffs Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.

Hall passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Bowie State rang up 439 total yards to 351 for West Alabama.

Bowie State improved to 10-2 with the first playoff win in school history. West Alabama ends its season 8-4 after making its fifth playoff appearance since 2009. The Bulldogs will travel to No. 1 seed Valdosta State next week for the second round.

Down 17-14 at the half, West Alabama trailed 27-21 after three quarters. A BSU pick six seemingly put the game out of reach at 41-28 with 9:09 left in the game.

West Alabama cut the score to the final margin. Then a drive to the Bulldog 23-yard-line stopped by turning the ball over on downs with 1:14 left.

West Alabama had just one timeout, so Bowie State ran the clock to ensure the win.

Playoffs play by play

West Alabama opened the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tyriq Martin from Harry Satterwhite on the opening drive of the game for the Tigers. The drive covered 78 yards on seven plays in 2:06.

Amir Hall connected with Jordan Crockett on a 9-yard TD pass with 10:00 left in the first half. The TD pass was the 100th of Hall’s career at Bowie State.

Bowie State took a 14-7 lead on a 3-yard run by Hall that capped a 98-yard, nine-play drive.

West Alabama tied the game at 14-14 on a 38-yard TD pass from Satterwhite to Jonnas Spiveywith 3:03 left in the first half.

Gene Carson gave Bowie State a 17-14 lead with 57 seconds left in the second quarter by drilling an 18-yard field goal.

Carson extended Bowie State’s lead to 20-14 with a 33-yard field goal with 9:08 left in the third quarter.


Down To The Wire

Bryan Ellis scored on a 3-yard run with 7:34 left in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 27-14. The TD was set up by an interception returned to the Tigers’ 3-yard-line by Roger Richardson.

Tyler Rogers rambled untouched for a 14-yard TD run with 1:51 left in third quarter to cut the Bulldogs lead to 27-21. The 14-play, 75-yard drive was kept alive when BSU had too many on the field on a UWA punt.

Satterwhite and Christian Saulsberry connected on a 17-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter. UWA led 28-27 with 14:55 left to play.

It took Bowie State just over three minutes to retake the lead, with Hall scrambling for a 5-yard TD run and a 34-28 fourth-quarter lead.

Roger Richardson’s second interception of the game goes for 64 yards and a touchdown, giving Bowie State a 41-28 lead with 9:09 to play.

West Alabama cut the lead to the final 41-35 margin on a 2-yard TD run by Rogers with 5:09 left in the game.



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