BALTIMORE, NOV. 14 -- Bowie State's football team had a chance at two major accomplishments in the inaugural Jiffy Lube Classic today. Instead, the Bulldogs fell behind by 14 points within the first six minutes and were routed, 34-0, by California (Pa.) before 4,143 at Memorial Stadium.
Bowie State, which ended a 32-game losing streak earlier in the season, could have won consecutive games for the first time since 1980. It also had a chance at its first nonlosing season since going 5-4 in 1978. But the Bulldogs committed five turnovers, never got going and finished the season 4-6-1.
California (6-5) had 104 passing yards in the first half to Bowie's 12. Its quarterback, Sam Mannery, finished the day 14 of 32 for 207 yards.
"We knew they were going to give us man-to-man coverage," said Mannery. "So we decided to go deep, go deep, and go deep some more to try to break them up. And it worked."
The Vulcans scored on their second possession, when Mannery, looking to pass, found a hole up the middle and ran 18 yards.
The touchdown came one play after Bowie's Shawn Pyatt, punting from his end zone, got the ball only to his 18.
A trick play hurt the Bulldogs on the next series. On fourth and one from their 40, they faked a punt and snapped the ball to short man Miles Gray, who was tackled at the Bulldogs' 38. Mannery then found Ed Alford for a 31-yard pass to the 7. After Sean Densmore ran to the 1, Jim Cassandro punched through for the score with 9:23 left in the first quarter.
California put away the game with two more touchdowns late in the first half. Ray Rittko blocked Pyatt's punt and John Hay recovered at the Bulldogs' 4. Two plays later, Densmore ran through the middle to make it 21-0.
And after Lance Conner intercepted Clarence Boykins' pass at the Bulldogs' 37, Eddie Edgerton ran 18 yards on a draw play for a 28-0 halftime lead.
"We didn't execute the way we were capable of," said Boykins, "but you can't take anything away from the way we played this year. I'm really proud of the season we had."
Gallaudet 41, N.Y. Maritime 7:
Gallaudet won in New York to end its season 9-1, its best record in the football program's 101 years.
Donnell Newsome rushed for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another, and Jim Segala completed six of 13 passes for two touchdowns.
Gallaudet has had three straight winning season under Bob Westermann.
Georgetown 28, W&L 14:
Dean Lowry rushed 29 times for 102 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 56 yards and another score in Lexington, Va.
Washington & Lee of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference finished the season 3-6. Georgetown, a member of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, is 6-2-1.
Washington & Lee led at the half, 7-6. The Hoyas' Tom Timperman had field goals of 39 and 26 yards in the second quarter.
Georgetown took the lead for good with 11:20 left in the third period. Matt Zebrowski's 29-yard scoring pass to Joseph Cesare ended a nine-play, 76-yard drive.
Lowry plunged a yard for a touchdown and caught a 39-yard scoring pass for the Hoyas, who outgained the Generals, 384 yards to 238.
Montgomery-Rockville 41, Stevens Tech 0:
In Rockville, freshman Lawrence Herbert rushed 11 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns in his first college game. That helped make Montgomery 7-2 and Stevens 2-7.
Marco Mattocks rushed 110 yards and Eric Nichols completed nine of 19 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns.
St. John's 55, Catholic 6:
Scott Scesney threw two touchdown passes and scored twice in the finale for both teams in New York.
Catholic's touchdown came on Keith Harris' three-yard run in the second quarter.
St. John's finished 5-5, the Cardinals 3-7.
Frostburg St. 19, Buffalo 13:
Shane Weyant threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns in the finale at Frostburg. The victory made the Bobcats 2-8.
Salisbury St. 45, Mercyhurst 32:
Mike Coppa rushed for 169 yards and five touchdowns in the victory in Erie, Pa.