Fayetteville, NC - The Fayetteville State Broncos fell 64-31 to No. 21 ranked Bowie State University in CIAA cross-divisional football action in Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Bowie State improves to 5-0 overall (2-0 CIAA) while FSU drops to 1-4 overall (0-2 CIAA).
"It's called growing pains," said FSU Broncos Head Coach Richard Hayes. "We are going to continue to grow, continue to coach these guys and it's going to get better.
I still expect us to compete. I still expect us to go out there every Saturday and be a competitive football team."
Devin Knudsen (Fresno, CA) led the Broncos offense with 131 passing yards on 14 completions in 30 attempts
"We have the talent," said Knudsen in the post-game interview. The senior quarterback is in his second season with the Broncos. "The talent is there. We just have to mesh together. We just need to figure a way on how to execute the system. Because the system works."
Fayetteville State scored two defensive touchdowns off of turnovers.
David Lamb (Pineville, NC) kicked a 28-yard field goal with 5:34 left in the second quarter. Stevie Green's seven-yard score helped the Broncos to 17 unanswered points.
After a Bowie State score with 16 seconds left in the half, Fayetteville State trailed 41-24 at halftime.
"We knew that we were going to face a high-powered offense today," said Hayes. "We thought our plan was going to be successful against it. They are good at what they do. Injuries are playing a good part of what's going on and it didn't help us today.
"It's called growing pains. We are going to continue to grow, continue to coach these guys and it's going to get better. We have played a very tough schedule and we have been in every game except for today. They [Broncos] are learning and they will get better."
Fayetteville State will open divisional play next Saturday (Oct. 7th) as the Broncos play host to Shaw University. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.
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