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Bowie State Athletics | November 5, 2017

Robert Chesson's record-setting 342 total yard, eight touchdown day leads No. 20 Bowie State to victory

  Robert Chesson ran for seven touchdowns and caught one more in Bowie State's 77-21 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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

  Robert Chesson had a record-setting day for Bowie State, totaling eight touchdowns.
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.

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