The Battle of BWI and BSU?
By Emery Rudolph
Baltimore and Washington are two cities that are so close yet share very few similarities. Whether it is fashion, food, or music, the citizens from these two big time cities constantly bump heads. Even here at Bowie State University, heated debates between citizens of their respective cities at times take place. One of the biggest collisions however, took place on Sunday in Baltimore at the 185-foot high M&T Bank Stadium. At 8:15 p.m. sharp, the Baltimore Ravens hosted the Washington Redskins in what turned out to be one of the biggest games of the season.
This was a meaningful game for both teams as each were looking to catch-up to their division leaders in contention for a playoff spot. Going into the game, the Redskins already had an advantage as the Steelers had defeated the Cowboys earlier 20-13. If it had been the other way around the Ravens would have been on the higher side of things.
The game began with an interception by Ravens star safety Ed Reed as a result of an awkward lob by Redskins QB Jason Campbell. This set up a successful touchdown drive for Baltimore. It was a drive that included a 26 yard catch by Derrick Mason, a 23 yard run by Ray Rice, and to cap off the drive 7 yard run by Le'Ron McClain.
Two possessions later was a Redskins drive that set up yet another score, for the Ravens. Clinton Portis attempted to run the ball up the middle of the Ravens defense but Reed was having none of it. Ripping the ball from Portis, recovering the fumble, and returned it for a defensive touchdown. This gave Baltimore a somewhat comfortable 14-0 lead.
Early in the third quarter, Ravens kicker Matt Stover knocked down a 32 yard field goal putting them up 17-0. It was late in this quarter that the Redskins showed their first signs of life. Leron Landry picked off a pass by Joe Flacco, which set-up a David Lee field goal to put the Skins on the board 3-17.
In the fourth quarter, the ensuing Redskins possession after a Willis McGahee fumble, they rallied down the field to score their first touchdown of the game. Scoring on a 6-yard pass from Jason Campbell to Antwan Randle El. The score came just 4 minutes into the final period.
The following possession, Baltimore ate most of the fourth quarter clock with 11 straight rushing plays. The final play of the possession was a 28 yard hookup from Flacco to Mason to increase the lead back to 14.
"They utilized their triple-threat in the backfield and it left the Skins with a slim to none chance of coming back on the road," said senior computer science major Tyrell Jones.
Ed Reed was able to officially close out the game on the next Redskins possession with yet another interception for his statistics. The Ravens undoubtedly dominated this game and took the "King of BWI Parkway" bragging rights on the way. Redskins' fans will probably have to wait a couple more years to have another shot at the title.