DII football: Robert Chesson's record-setting 342 total yard, eight touchdown day leads No. 20 Bowie State to victory
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Senior Robert Chesson rushed for a career-high 304 yards on 20 carries and set several new Bowie State and CIAA Single game records along the way in the Bulldogs 77-21 regular season finale over Elizabeth City State on Saturday afternoon.
Chesson's performance etched his name in the CIAA Record Book, setting a new single game rushing yards record (304) and Most Points in a game with 48. He also tied the CIAA Single Record for rushing touchdowns with seven which also sets a new Bowie State Single Game Record.
In addition to Chesson, Hall contributed 299 passing yards, completing 17-of-25 passes and one touchdown. Senior Brandon Britton hauled in a team-high six receptions for a team-high 80 yards.
Junior Roger Richardson paced the Bowie State defense with a personal-best nine and a half tackles.
The Bulldogs rolled up 742 yards of total offense which second best in school history compared to 444 for Elizabeth City State's Vikings.
But wait, @BSU_Sports_Info Bulldogs Chesson also set a new CIAA Single Game Record for Most Points with 48. Can yu say WOW!!!!!!— BSU Athletics (@BSU_Sports_Info) November 4, 2017
Daquan Neal paced the Elizabeth City State Vikings on offense with 290 passing yards and 72 rushing yards, both team-highs. Dajuan Greene had a game-high 135 reception yards on a game-high nine receptions in the loss.
Vincent Thomas led the Vikings defense with 10.5 tackles, which included 1.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The Bulldogs lit up the Roebuck Stadium scoreboard first at the 8:56 mark of the first quarter on a 10-yard run by Chesson. Sophomore Gene Carson added the extra point for the early 7-0 lead. Chesson punched it in again at the 5:36 mark, pounding in from 4-yards out to take a 14-0 lead.
Chesson found the end zone again at the 14:26 mark of the second quarter, this time for a 28-yard score and a 21-0 advantage.
Daquan Neal completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dajuan Greene and Joshua Laverty added the extra point, trimming Bowie State lead to 21-7 with 11:15 to go in the second quarter.
After being pinned deep following an Elizabeth City State punt, Bowie State quickly responded with a 97-yard touchdown jaunt by Chesson to give the Bulldogs a 28-7 cushion at the 10:42 mark of the second quarter.
The Vikings cut the Bulldogs lead in half with 2:45 left in the first half when Neal completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to David Watford.
Chesson got those points back on its next possession, going 73 yards in five plays, strolling into the end zone from 1-yard out to send Bowie State into halftime with a 35-14 advantage.
The Bulldogs scored on its opening possession of the third quarter when Chesson walked in for the score from 1-yard out to pad the Bowie State lead at 42-14.
Neal connected with Greene again for a score, this time for a 19-yard score at the 9:04 mark of the third quarter, but the Vikings trailed 42-21
Junior Maurice Williams recorded his third touchdown of the season on a run around the left side of the Vikings defense, for a 15-yard score to extend the Bulldogs lead to 49-21.
Chesson scored his seventh touchdown of the contest on a 4-yard run, giving Bowie State a 56-21 cushion early in the fourth quarter. Chesson scored again at the 10:53 mark of the final quarter when Hall connected with him for a 13-yard score to pad the Bulldogs lead at 63-21. BSU's Williams notched a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:33 remaining and sophomore William Flowers sealed the victory with a 55-yard interception return for a score to account for the final margin of 77-21.
This wraps up the regular season for the Bulldogs as the team will now await notification of NCAA post season play. Bowie State came into the game ranked #20 in the AFCA Coach's Poll and #5 in the NCAA Super Region 2 Poll. The top eight teams in each region receive a bid to post season play.