A Career Day from Budd Leads Bulldogs to Big Win
By Maurice Berry
Heading into the Sept. 25 game against Virginia Union, quarterback Clifton Budd's passing numbers were average and his turnovers had been a problem. After the scoreboard read all zeros, he would break two Bulldog passing records on his way to a career day. Budd's 355 yards passing would help lead the Bulldogs to a 28-27 win and a 2-0 start in the CIAA. Budd completed 32 out of his 51 passes, good for a 62 percent completion percentage. The Bulldogs would need every one of Budd's completions as the Bulldogs would have to rally from 13 down in the in the third quarter. Showing the fight that second year head Coach Damon Wilson loves to see and expects to see out of his team week in and week out.
Budd's first touchdown pass came in the first quarter with 6:55 to go when he hooked up with junior Douglas McNeil III on a 25 yard touchdown pass. His second touchdown would come in the third quarter when he completed an 18 yard touchdown pass to sophomore Reginald McIntyre. His last touchdown pass and his third of the day was the biggest, as it gave the Bulldogs the lead for good. With 12:50 left in the fourth quarter Budd hooked up with senior Gregory Jackson for a 39 yard touchdown. The Bulldog defense would hold from there.
Budd's 32 completions and 355 yards passing broke Arthur Lee's mark of 24 completions and 324 passing yards back in 1983. Budd is a junior and you can see the growth that he has shown over the past two games. If he continues to play at a high level the bulldogs have a great chance of returning back to the CIAA championship game.