The Bulldogs of Bowie State University went into the Oct. 9 game knowing that another loss could hurt their chances of a return trip to the CIAA championship game. Looking at the first half, fans would have thought that the Bulldogs were not aware of that. They fell behind 10-0 but would rally to win 16-10 in overtime to build momentum going into their homecoming game against Lincoln.
The Tigers of Saint Paul's College dominated the first half, holding the ball for more than 20 minutes. It would be the special team not the defense that gave up the only Tiger's touchdown of the day.
The Tigers faked a field goal on a sneak for a 16-yard touchdown that made the score 7-0 after the extra point. The lead would extend when the Tigers' Preston McCarthy kicked a 21-yard field goal with 11:41 left in the second quarter. With that score the Bulldogs found themselves down 10-0. That score would hold through the rest of the quarter going into the half.
The Bulldogs would get on the board in the third with a Michael Gagne 33-yard field goal, which cut the lead to 10-3. That would hold into the fourth quarter as both teams defense got key stops. The Bulldogs would come up with the big play they were looking for all day when Junior Clifton Budd connected with sophomore Douglass McNeil, III on a two yard touchdown pass. This was a huge play because it tied the game at 10 after the extra point was made by Gagne with 41 seconds left in regulation.
The game would go into overtime and, like some many times over the past couple of years, the defense came up huge. The Bulldog's defense held the Tiger's offense to minus 14 yards and a huge stop. The Tigers would not see the ball again, as the Bulldogs moved the ball down field and junior Tariq Jones scored the game winning touchdown from one yard out. With the huge come from behind win the Bulldogs improved their record to 3-4, 3-1 in the CIAA.