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Durham, NC – The Fayetteville State University football team defeated Shaw University 7-6 on Saturday, October 8th at Durham County Memorial Stadium. FSU improves to 1-5 overall, 1-3 in the CIAA, and 1-0 in the division, while the Bears fall to 0-6 overall, 0-3 in conference, and 0-1 in the Southern.fsu bronco

This was a gritty, divisional contest that boiled down to the Broncos making more plays than Shaw. Neither team scored in the opening quarter. With 2:19 remaining in the second quarter, the Bears capped a nine play, 56 yard drive with a one yard run by Uriah Bethea. FSU blocked the point after try and trailed 6-0 at halftime.

In the third, the Broncos produced a touchdown drive of their own. Junior quarterback Devin Knudsen (Fresno, CA) led Fayetteville State 41 yards in seven plays to reach the end zone. Knudsen concluded the drive on a three yard TD toss to senior tight end Roy Lowder (St. Paul’s, NC). Sophomore kicker David Lamb (Pineville, NC) made the PAT for a 7-6 Broncos lead with 4:32 remaining in the third.

Both defenses remained stout throughout the remainder of the contest. Shaw attempted a 52 yard field goal with three seconds left in the game. However, the Broncos special teams unit blocked the potentially game-winning kick and kept the Bears winless on the season.

Fayetteville State produced 207 yards of total offense and obtained 10 first downs. FSU also held Shaw to just 198 yards of offense and only eight first downs.

Redshirt freshman Stevie Green (Washington, NC) toted the load to the tune of 117 rushing yards on 33 carries. Junior quarterback DeMarius Davis (Sarasota, FL) completed 2-of-3 (67%) passes for 44 yards with an interception, while Knudsen went 3-of-6 (50%) for 14 yards and a TD.

Senior linebacker Tim Thorb (Newport News, VA) had a team-high 10 tackles. Sophomore defensive tackle Curtis McClain (Roxboro, NC) had five tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss with a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

The Broncos return home for their next divisional matchup against Johnson C. Smith University on Saturday, October 15th. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium. FSU will conduct their annual “Ball In Pink” festivities in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

~FSU Sports Information


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