by Jason Pompey
(1-1)The Trojans of Virginia State University, scored 14 points in the third quarter to take a come from behind lead and win the game 17-14, against the (0-2) Yellow Jackets of West Virginia State University. Junior wide receiver, Corey Young caught a 28 yard TD pass to put VSU ahead.
VSU’s offense woke up late but rallied in the second half to gain some yardage and several first downs to seal a 17-14 victory on the road against WVSU. The Trojans accumulated 277 of total offense (211 passing, 66 rushing) and had 14 first downs. Senior running back, Antwain Lyde rushed for a team high 80 yards and averaged 4 yards a carry. Lyde also caught 4 passes for 53 yards out of the Trojan backfield. Junior quarterback, Jarred Battle passed for 211 yards, completing 19 of 32 pass attempts.
Five Trojans caught passes from Battle. Junior wide receiver, Alan Anderson led with 6 catches for 61 yards. Corey Young caught Battle’s longest pass of the game, a 28 yard touchdown score with 45 seconds left in the third quarter. That touchdown was the first for VSU’s offense this season and was key this game, as it was the last points either team would put on the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. Young finished the game with 3 catches for 35 yards and the game winning touchdown reception.
Senior kicker, William Rudd scored VSU’s first points of the game in the second quarter by nailing a 36 yard FG with 11:42 left. VSU trailed 7-3 at that point. The Trojans also missed a FG from 41 yards out with 35 seconds left in the half and also missed another one in the fourth quarter as WVSU blocked a 45 yard attempt.
Senior linebacker, Jeremy Pruitt had a game-high 12 tackles and also secured a 17-14 victory with an interception late in the fourth quarter. The Yellow Jackets offense was storming down the field with 2:46 left in the game and the Trojan defense prevailed. Pruitt wasn’t the only Trojan to intercept a WVSU pass. Red-shirt sophomore defensive back, Sean Smith returned a 29 yard interception for a touchdown in the middle of the third quarter cutting the WVSU lead to 14-10. Smith led the defensive backs with 7 tackles and also recovered a fumble. The Trojan defense recorded four sacks against the Yellow Jackets offense.
Saturday, September 17th Virginia State University’s football team will next travel to Charlotte, NC as they play their first CIAA conference opponent Johnson C. Smith University at 4 p.m.
Jason Pompey is Sports Information Officer for Virginia State University Athletics. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org