Fayetteville State Falls 42-19 to Virginia State in the CIAA Football Championship Game

Nov. 11, 2017

Final Stats

Salem, VA - Fayetteville State University ended its 2017 football season with a 42-19 loss to Virginia State University in the CIAA Championship game.

Stevie Green (Washington, NC) was named the Runner-Up Most Valuable Player with 22 rushes for 144 yards and one touchdown.

Virginia State scored 21 points in the first quarter and maintained its first-half momentum leading into halftime.

Fayetteville State scored on its first drive of the second half with a 37-yard pass from Richard Latimer (Charlotte, NC) to Curtis Burston III (Brooklyn, NY). The Broncos trailed 21-7 with 12:21 left in the third quarter. The score capped a three-play 48-yard drive which took all of 37 seconds.

After a quick scoring response from Virginia State, which put the lead back at 21 points (28-7), Fayetteville State put a together another quick scoring drive that ended with Stevie Green breaking into the end zone from 15 yards out. A missed point-after-kick left FSU trailing 28-13 with 5:36 left in the third quarter. The drive was another three-play series, but it encompassed 66 yards in 36 seconds.

A couple of defensive miscues by the Broncos gave way for VSU's Trenton Cannon to score with 2:36 left in the third quarter and 7:56 left in the fourth.

Although Virginia State held a 42-13 lead, the Broncos show resilience and didn't quit. Devin Knudsen (Fresno, CA) threw a 22-yard pass into the end zone to Burston as the game expired.



As Head Coach Richard Hayes corralled his team in the locker room, he had only one message.

"Keep your heads up, work hard in the offseason and we will be back."

Richard Latimer finished the game 9-of-18 in passing for 154 yards. Knudsen was three of seven for 40 yards and a score. Burston had five receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns.  

The Broncos are now 3-2 in CIAA championship games. Fifteen years ago, FSU won its first CIAA Football Championship game in 2002. The Broncos defeated Bowie State University, 17-14. The 2002 CIAA Defensive Player of Year Brian Holiday was honored today as a CIAA Football Legend representing Fayetteville State University.

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