SALISBURY, NC (Oct 9) – D.J. Johnson (So./Richmond, VA) scored on a 10-yard run and Sean Smith (So./Valdosta, GA) made the critical extra point in double overtime as Saint Augustine’s University slipped past Livingstone College 38-37 in the CIAA Southern Division football opener at Alumni Memorial Stadium.
With the win, the Falcons improved to 2-1 in the CIAA and 2-4 overall. More importantly, they are one of three teams with a 1-0 record in the Southern Division.
Johnson finished the day with three passing touchdowns and two rushing scores. He threw for 244 yards with no interceptions and led the Falcons in rushing with 87 yards on 19 carries.
His touchdown in the second overtime capped a two-play drive which tied the score at 37-37. With SAU starting at the Livingstone 25-yard line, Johnson found Lenwood Joyner(So./Miami, FL) for a 15-yard pass to the 10 before scoring on a quarterback draw. Smith calmly booted the extra point for the game-winner.
The Blue Bears (0-1 Southern Division, 0-3 CIAA, 1-5 overall) scored first in the second overtime on a one-yard run by Jarius Richardson but the extra point attempt was low.
Both teams kicked field goals in the first overtime. Smith kicked a 26-yarder to give the Falcons a brief lead. Tyler Keene of the Blue Bears sent the game into the second overtime with a 24-yard field goal.
Sam Boyd (Jr./Houston, TX) led the Falcons with three catches for 97 yards including an 80-yard touchdown reception. Dre Williams (So./Miami, FL) and Justin Shaw(Jr./Florence, SC) also caught touchdown passes for the Falcons.
Defensively, Chasz Cosby (Jr./Charlotte, NC) tallied nine tackles and a forced fumble which led to Johnson’s one-yard run in the first quarter. Shaw, playing defense for the first time this season, added eight tackles and one interception to go along with his touchdown on offense.
— Office of Sports Information