Charlotte, NC (WWBT)- Virginia State entered Saturday with hopes of starting a winning streak, but a low-scoring affair would end with the Trojans on the short end of a 14-7 score.
Johnson C. Smith used a fourth quarter touchdown as the difference maker and topped Virginia State on Saturday, 14-7, in the Trojans' CIAA opener. After a scoreless first quarter, Smith found the board on an seven yard touchdown strike from Keahne Wallace to Avius Capers. That would make the score 7-0, which would hold up at halftime. VSU answered in the third as Antwaine Lyde capped off a 46 yard drive with a three yard touchdown rush to knot things up at seven. Virginia State would drive down field and have a good scoring opportunity in the fourth quarter and found itself on the opponent's six yard line, but with 57 seconds remaining, the Trojans fumbled and Lance Harris returned it 94 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
Virginia State falls to 1-2 and will host Chowan next Saturday in its home opener.