The Rams Lose To The Bulldogs

Updated: September 10, 2006

Winston Salem, NC- The Winston Salem State University Rams knew it would be a tough task to beat a formidable and historically top-notch football team like the Bulldogs of South Carolina State to begin with but it became more of task after the Bulldogs were coming into their game vs Rams after a tough loss to Wofford the previous week. The Rams anticipation and expectation was correct. William Ford and DeShawn Baker rushed for nearly 270 yards and the Rams offense was inept throughout the game spoiling the home opener for the Rams on Hall of Fame day at Bowman Gray Stadium 35-6.

The Rams began the game with some promise taking their first drive down the field into the Bulldogs red zone but a penalty push them back and a missed field goal left the Rams with no points and no momentum. The Bulldogs quickly seized the opportunity to take an early lead going on a 9 play 80 yard drive taking up 3:31 seconds finishing with a William Ford 1 yard run and a 7-0 lead in the 1st quarter.

The Rams defense did their part in keeping the game close with relentless pressure but did have some miss tackles that hurt along with the lack of consistency on offense and eventually led to a second Bulldog score. DeShawn Baker got into the scoring column with a hard nose 8 yard run finishing off an impressive 9 play 87 yard drive making the score 14-0 Bulldogs leading the Rams at halftime. The Rams were dominating on the ground in the 1st half which is surprising after coming off a game in which they rush the ball for over 300 yards against NC A & T last week. The Rams were out rushed by the Bulldogs 112 to 23 and in total yards 213 to 107. The Rams quarterback Monte Purvis was a surprising 6 of 12 for 84 yards but most of that came late in the 2nd quarter when the Rams were trying to score before the half ended.

The 2nd half was more of the Ford and Baker show on the ground. The Rams defense that was strong in the 1st half couldn’t seem to coral the Bulldogs version of “THUNDER AND LIGHTNING”, Baker and Ford. In the 3rd quarter, William Ford scored his second touchdown of the game scoring on a 1 yard run and concluding another 9 play 80 yard drive giving the Bulldogs a commanding 21-0 lead. As the Rams continue to look confused and puzzled on offense, it was Baker’s turn to get back into the end zone as he scored from 3 yards out concluding a short but effective 6 play 24 yard drive making the score 28-0 with half of the 4th quarter gone. The Bulldogs scored their 5th and final touchdown in the fourth quarter to open up an insurmountable 35-0 lead with just about 6 minutes left in the game.

The Rams’ only score of the game would come during “mop up time” and came courtesy of back-up quarterback Justin Sherrod’s first career touchdown pass as he completed a 25-yard scoring strike to Brad Herring with 1:18 left in the game. The extra point like most of the game on offense, was unsuccessful. The Rams tried an onside kick which was successful but failed to score again making the final score 35-6.

The Bulldogs William Ford out-rushed the Rams tallying 170 yards and 2 touchdowns. After rushing for 94 yards on 16 carries versus Wofford last week, DeShawn Baker followed that performance with another 95 yards and 2 touchdowns versus the Rams.

With the win, the Bulldogs get their 1st win and improve to 1-1 while the Rams drop to 1-2 with the loss. The Rams get a week off before returning to action Saturday, September 23rd traveling to Tallahassee, Florida to face the very tough and talented Rattlers of Florida A & M University.