Rams Stampede The Bisons

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: October 8, 2006

In my own words………..

NORTH CAROLINA– It wasn’t pretty but they’ll take it. I’m sure that’s what the coaches, players, alumni and fans are saying about the Winston Salem State University Rams after they beat the Howard University Bison 12-0 in a game filled with mistakes, turnovers and few big plays by the Ram defense in front of a rowdy crowd of happy Rams fans on homecoming day at Bowman Gray stadium in Winston Salem, NC.

After a 1st quarter showed the lack of success and sustaining drives from both offenses, the Rams offense came out the gates strong and impressive in the 2nd quarter. Rams quarterback Monte Purvis led the Rams down the field with a good mixture of running and passing that surely gave the Bison defense the feeling it would be a long day in the trenches for them. After a couple of 1st downs by the Rams superior running attack, the Rams got on the scoreboard first in an unlikely manner: A touchdown pass. Monte Purvis rolled out and found senior wide out Josh Crawford who caught the pass and scampered 37 yards for the games first score. Place kicker Marvin Umanzor kicking woes continued as he missed the point after making the score 6-0 with 14:55 left in the half. The Rams took the ball 7 plays for 62 yards consuming 4:04 seconds off the clock. Both teams made mistakes in the 1st half that kept the score 6-0 going into the locker room. Monte Purvis threw an interception and the Rams offense had 2 penalties that stalled 2 drives. The Bisons took care of the ball but committed 5 penalties for 54 yards. The other surprising stat at the intermission was the yards on the ground. Coming into the game, the Rams averaged over 200 yards rushing but only managed on 46 yards of rushing compared to 72 yards for Howard University.

The second half begin as a mirror of the first with both teams stalling on offense and dominating on defense. Like the first quarter, the 3rd saw both teams punt the ball and play field position in order to give their team’s offense a chance to score on a short field. Neither team’s offense however, could sustain a drive long enough to get in range for at least a field goal. The offense for both team’s were rather “OFFENSIVE”.

With the game still in doubt and the Rams punting the ball to the Bison midway through the 4th and final quarter, the Rams defense finally got what they and the team needed. A turnover. Bison quarterback Will Blanden, who was the hero in the Bison’s first win versus Fort Valley State the previous week, dropped back to pass and was not only tackled for a sack, but was hit hard enough by senior nose guard Jason Holman to cause the ball to pop high in the air and fall to the ground where Junior linebacker Corey Swinnie scooped it up and ran 35 yards for the touchdown to give the Rams a cushion and sealed the deal to a victory. The Rams attempted a 2 point conversion that failed making the score 12-0. After the big play by Holman and Swinnie, the Bison were content and conceded defeat making the final score 12-0 for the Rams and all of their fans on homecoming weekend.

With the win, the Rams stop a 3 game losing streak and moved their record to 2-4. The loss drops the Bison to 1-4(0-2). The win also moves the Rams to within one game of Howard in the all-time series between the two teams. Howard leads the series now 3-2.

The Rams go back on the road next week to Daytona Beach, Florida to face Bethune Cookman College for their homecoming weekend. Game time is set for 4pm.