Virginia State earns OT win at Bowie State

BOWIE, MD (WWBT) - Virginia State football scored ten points in the fourth quarter forcing overtime, where running back Lamont Britt scored on a 4-yard rushing touchdown, giving the Trojans a 26-20 upset road win against Bowie State University.

VSU racked up 422 total yards, picked up 22 first downs, and had 41 rushing attempts for 221 rushing yards, all season-highs for the Trojans' offense. Bryan Jones and Britt both scored rushing touchdowns, while wide receiver Jacob Kellam, Jr. caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jarred Battle with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter sending the game into overtime.

After a rough first drive that ended in an interception for the VSU offense, Bowie State quickly took a 6-0 lead on a 9-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. The point after attempt was blocked by VSU linebacker Bryce Willoughby.

After adding a field goal in the second quarter, Virginia State took its first lead of the game late in the frame.  With 50 seconds left in the first half, Jones caught a 7-yard pass then punched in a 2-yard rushing touchdown, giving the Trojans a 10-6 lead over the Bulldogs going into the locker room.

Bowie State dominated the third quarter racking up 143 total yards of offense. On their opening drive, BSU's Jared Johnston threw a 46-yard touchdown to Maxie Stevens and reclaimed the lead 13-10. BSU's Keith Brown capped an eight plays, 64-yard drive with a one yard score with 6:19 left in the third quarter, and the Bulldogs jumped out to a 20-10 lead midway through the third quarter.

The Trojans began the fourth quarter with a 30-yard field goal by Devonte Hunt, cutting the lead to seven points. Bowie State failed to add any points to their lead, leaving a window of opportunity for the Trojans to send the game into overtime.

VSU's defensive lineman Rontrelle Knockett  blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt with 1:49 remaining in regulation. The Trojans took over on their own 38-yard line looking to tie the game up. Quarterback Jarred Battle went a perfect 4-4 passing on the Trojans' final drive of the fourth quarter. Battle threw two completions to Corey Young for 14 yards, then threw a 23-yard completion to Ja'von Smallwood, advancing to the Bulldogs 25-yard line. With 1:02 remaining in the game, Battle threw a 25-yard touchdown to Kellam and Hunt nailed the extra point attempt with just over a minute left in the game the score was tied at 20-20.

The momentum quickly shifted favoring the visiting Trojans on Bowie State's homecoming. BSU had time for one last drive attempting to create magic similar to VSU's but once again the defensive pressure of the Trojans forced an interception on the final play of the fourth quarter.

Virginia State won the overtime coin toss and chose to go on defense first. The Bulldogs offense went four-and-out collecting no yards. Britt took his first rush of the overtime session 21-yards setting up first and goal from the 4-yard line. On his next carry, Britt carried the entire Trojan nation into the end zone for a game-winning 4-yard rushing touchdown. The Trojans defeated the Bulldogs in overtime for the second consecutive year and have won the last four meetings.

Battle completed 21 of 32 attempts for 201 total yards and the game-tying touchdown throw with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter. Jones led the Trojans in rushing yardage (54) and also in receiving (7-39). Tyler Wilson recorded 15 carries for 45 total yards and Britt scored the game winning touchdown rushed for 37 yards.

The Trojans improve to 3-4 on the season and will host Lincoln next Saturday at Rogers Stadium.

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