ETTRICK, Va. Willie Stubblefield hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass from Justin Thorpe with 41 seconds remaining as Virginia State toppled Johnson C. Smith 19-17. Stubblefield’s final-minute heroics came after Gene Holloman caught a 35-yard pass to the 6 with less than a minute remaining.
Jordan Anderson rushed for 96 yards and a score, and Thorpe passed for 84 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 76 yards.
The Golden Bulls (3-1, 1-1) came into the game as the only undefeated team in the CIAA.
Johnson C. Smith opened the scoring when Erik Amaya booted a 29-yard field goal with 2:08 left in the opening quarter. Virginia State (3-1, 1-0) answered with a touchdown with 12:23 left in the half. Anderson capped an 11-play drive with a nine-yard jaunt to lift the Trojans to a 7-3 lead. The Trojans’ defense limited the Golden Bulls to minus-19 yards rushing in the opening half, but Johnson C. Smith quarterback Keahn Wallace completed 16 of 26 passes for 173 yards. Wallace finished with 322 yards and one TD. He also threw an interception and was sacked four times.
Virginia State opened the second-half scoring when Darion Thomas intercepted a pass at midfield and returned it to the Johnson C. Smith 34-yard line. Three plays later, Thorpe connected with Jaivon Smallwood on a 14-yard scoring pass to put the Trojans ahead 13-3. The extra-point attempt failed.
The Golden Bulls responded when Wallace hooked up with Chris Patterson on a 42-yard pass to cut Virginia State’s lead to 13-10 with 9:31 left in the third quarter.
Johnson C. Smith scored with 4:51 remaining in the contest. Wallace ran the ball in from 11 yards out to give the Golden Bulls a 17-13 lead, setting up the game’s dramatic ending. Johnson C. Smith had the ball one last time, running four plays for 14 yards as time expired.
The Trojans play in Raleigh against CIAA foe Shaw next weekend.
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