Beautiful day for football. Winton-Salem State side is packed with a sea of red. Virginia State has a nice crowd but folks are still coming in or tailgating outside. Was told over 40 members of media are here. All I care about is I'm inside where it's warm.The last time the game was at Durham County Stadium, a blow occurred between former commissioner Leon Kerry and a couple of the presidents. Kerry was fired the following week.
Touchdown Trojans! Defensive back Dontrell Jones picks up fumble by Mustafa Greene and returns it 64 yds for score. VSU leads 7-0 wth 10:05 left in first quarter.
Durham County Stadium is not big enough for this game. Folks are on top of folks. The coaches on both teams are in booths. Last time they were outside and it wasn't pretty. Fans didn't hesitate to let them know what kind of job they were doing. And of course we have the Commissioner's box.
Virginia State fans have the advantage. They are sitting on the sunny side. Rams folks are bundled up, but loud.
Trojans are moving the ball wee on second possession of game. At the WSSU 41. Trojans have used up almost the entire first quarter. Now at Rams 25.Kavon Bellamy went out after a great leaping catch but fell on the ball and had the wind knocked out of him.
End of 1st quarter - 7-0 Trojans lead and threatening again
Oh yeah, Trojans are starting a freshman QB Niko Johnson because starting sophomore QB Tarian Ayres was suspended for allegedly driving under the influence and being underage drinker. Trojans have 15 plays so far in this drive. Johnson runs for the end zone but fumbles. Elder Hudson III recovers fumble for VSU in end zone. Trojans lead 14-0 with 12:55 left in 1st half.
Rams playing like they've never been in the title game before right now. QBs overthrowing receivers, fumbling the ball. Trojans are fired up.
Trojans on the move again. Johnson hasn't missed in hitting his receivers. Rams fans in shock.
Trojans go for it on 4th-and-2 at Rams 22 but are denied. Will this wake up the Rams? 4:15 left in the first half.
Touchdown Rams! Phil Sims throws a 38-yd pass to Eric Williams. That 4th-down stop did fire up the Rams. Instead of 17-0 or 21-0, it's 14-7 with 1:18 left in half.
Now it's the Rams turn to be fired up. But neither team can score again. End of first half.
Virginia State band is on the field. Enough horse hair out there to start a horse farm. Ladies and gentlemen, we had a wardrobe malfunction ala Janet Jackson. Of course a man in the press box up here noticed it first.
Members of the media are still upset over the snub from the football banquet. We were not allowed in for the first time ever. Expect to hear more about that.
And we're off in the second half. Debate's been going on if two CIAA teams will get in if Trojans win. Or does the winner take all. Personally, I can't see the Rams not getting a shot based on reputation alone, and that's how a lot of the white schools get a berth.
VSU RB Kavon Bellamy fumbles and Rams recover at the Trojans 26. 9:56 left in 3rd quarter.
Rudy Johnson returns the favor and fumbles. Ray Prosise recovers. Trojans at own 14. Rams defense holds.
WSSU defensive lineman Jac'Que Polite is down with 6:02 left in third. Is helped off the field.
Rams and Trojans defenses have taken center stage. 3 minutes left in 3rd and no score so far from either team.
End of 3rd quarter. Still 14-7, which I'm sure is just fine with Trojans. Great crowd at Durham County Stadium.
Bad punt has Rams at VSU 28. Tyree Massey runs 11 yards to 16. Someone mentioned that dreaded word: OVERTIME. NOOOOO! Touchdown Rams! Sims hits Brendan Felder for 20 yards. And we're tied at 14 all. What a game! You always want these type of games on national TV. Best recruiting tool there is.
Trojans fumble the ball! Conor O'Neal recovers for WSSU. Rams at VSU 30 with 11:11 left in game. WSSU gets first down. At the 19. Rams fumble but get the ball back. Mustafa Greene gives WSSU first down at 9. 8:07 left.
Daryl Simmons just got a big sack on Sims. Rams forced for 29-yard FG. Makes it. Leads 17-14.
Trojans driving. Johnson just threw a beautiful 38-yard pass to Kavon Bellamy. VSU at Rams 31. Touchdown Trojans! Johnson runs 25 yards for TD with 3 minutes left. 21-7 Trojans lead.
Rams start at own 29. In hurry-up offense. Sims runs ball at VSU 44 with 1:31 left. 4th and 11 at VSU 46. 43.3 seconds left. This is it for the Rams.
A new CIAA champion will be crowned. 35.9 seconds left and VSU has ball.
I've never seen a bunch of people exit a game like those Rams. it took all of 3 seconds to clear their side. Rams players are inconsolable. Niko Johnson was named game's MVP. Tarian Ayres just may have dranked himself out of a starting job next season. Johnson was 12 of 19 for 128 yards, no TDs and no INTs. Johnson was also the game's leading rushing with 76 yards.