WSSU Rams Dominate VU-Lynchburg Dragons, 62-8 In Home Opener

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The #20 Winston-Salem State scored early and often and busted open an already big lead to an overwhelming 62-8 final over the Virginia University – Lynchburg Dragons at Bowman Gray Stadium in the Rams 2013 home opener on Saturday night.

Making his first start for WSSU, Rudy Johnson would lead the Rams down the field on their first possession, and would get on the scoreboard first, when after a 10 play 72 yard drive. The big play on the drive was an incredible 45 yard pass from Johnson to Tehvyn Brantley, who made an acrobatic catch. Patrick Mputu would cross the goal line from one yard out, and with Alejandro Suarez's PAT, the Rams would go up 7-0.

The Rams' defense would make an early statement as well, forcing the Dragons into their second straight punt to start the game and giving the ball back to WSSU with 6:28 to play in the first quarter.

It would take long for Rudy Johnson to get he team back into high gear and back to the endzone, as Johnson would find Tehvyn Brantley in the endzone for an 11 yard touchdown pass and catch pushing the Rams lead to 14-0.

VU-Lynchburg would take their next series and make it count. Helped out by two key WSSU penalties, the Dragons marched 67 yards in 10 plays for a score. They also converted a rushing PAT to close the score to 14-8.

Anthony Carrothers would enter the game, and later in the quarter would find Tehvyn Brantley open from 23 yards away for Brantley's second touchdown of the evening, and giving the Rams a 21-8 lead.

WSSU would find the endzone again late in the second quarter as they marched 56 yards in 11 plays taking 5:24 off the clock, when Maurice Lewis would find paydirt from seven yards out to push the Rams lead to 27-8 heading into the locker room at halftime.

Winston-Salem State would blow the game open in the third quarter with 21 points. First Anthony Carrothers would find Tehvyn Brantley for his third touchdown of the evening, this time from 45 yards out for a score.

The Ram defense would force a fumble on VUL's next snap, and Anthony Carrothers would find Kenneth Patterson for a touchdown from seven yards out to give WSSU a 41-8 advantage.

Maurice Lewis' 52 yard run would set up the Rams next score, when Carrothers would find Eric Williams from 16 yards out for a score to give WSSU a 48-8 lead heading into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter would be much of the same with WSSU dominating both sides of the ball, and 5:50 remaining, Patrick Mputu would score for the second time on the night, and defensive back Tahkare Donalson would pick off a Dragon pass and return it 27 yards for a touchdown to close the scoring out, and give the Rams a 62-8 win.

The Winston-Salem State Rams move to 1-1 with the win, while the Virginia University –Lynchburg Dragons fall to 0-2 on the season.

WSSU would accumulate 605 yards of total offense on the night with a very balanced attack. The Rams rushed for 247 yards, while passing for 358. The Rams' defense once again was strong in holding the Dragons to just 139 yards of total offense.

Offensively, WSSU was led on the ground by Patrick Mputu, who had 19 carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns, while Maurice Lewis rushed six times for 60 yards and a touchdown. Rudy Johnson rushed four times for 43 yards, while Joshua Glisson had two carries for 31 yards and Chase Powell finished with two carries for 31 yards.

Anthony Carrothers finished the evening going 9 of 17 for 137 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Rudy Johnson finished 10 of 12 for 152 yards and one touchdown. DeShean Townsend finished 2 of 3 for 69 yards.

Tehvyn Brantley had his best game as a Ram since his freshman season, as he led the Ram receivers with five catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns. Eric Wolff had three catches for 33 yards and Chase Powell had three catches for 24 yards. Patrick Mputu (63 yards), Eric Williams (51 yards and 1 TD) and Rodale Pippen (22 yards) each finished with two catches.

Defensively, Terry Ross led the Rams with five tackles, while Jermaine Kesler, Michael Bloomfield, John Rizor and Matthew Browning each had four tackles. Rizor also had a sack and a quarterback hurry. Donnie Owens, who finished with two tackles, also picked up his third sack of the season. Takhare Donalson had a 27 yard interception return for a score, and Parris Baxter had a fumble recovery.

Winston-Salem State will travel to Cleveland, Ohio to take on the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University in the Cleveland Classic next week, with kickoff scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Browns Stadium.