CHARLOTTE, NC (Oct 29) – On Saturday, Saint Augustine’s University’s Julius Murphy (R-Jr./Goldsboro, NC) scored on a quarterback sneak and connected with Lynwood Joyner (So./Miami, FL) for the two-point conversion in a 34-8 CIAA football loss to Johnson C. Smith University at the Irwin Belk Complex.
The loss dropped the Falcons to 1-3 in the Southern Division, 2-4 in the CIAA and 2-7 overall. The Falcons will host crosstown rival Shaw University in the season finale next Saturday, Nov. 5 at the George Williams Athletic Complex. Game time is 1 p.m.
Murphy, who subbed for an injured D.J. Johnson (R-So./Richmond, VA), scored on second down and inches in the fourth quarter for the Falcons’ only touchdown. Aaron Linen (Jr./Oakland, CA) set up the score with an eight-yard catch from Murphy on fourth down to the Golden Bulls’ one-yard line.
After Murphy found Joyner in the end zone for the two-point conversion, the Falcons trailed 24-8 early in the fourth quarter. But the Golden Bulls (1-3 Southern Division, 2-4 CIAA, 2-7 overall) scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to thwart any late comeback attempt by the Falcons.
Murphy completed 11-of-34 pass attempts for 112 yards and Joyner caught six passes for 88 yards for the Falcons. Joyner also added 63 yards on kick returns for a total of 152 all-purpose yards.
The trio of defensive lineman Desmond Quinerly (Fr./Raleigh, NC), defensive lineman Chasz Cosby (Jr./Charlotte, NC) and linebacker Antonio McCullough (Jr./Tampa, FL) each had eight tackles for the Falcons, who held the Golden Bulls to 247 offensive yards. McCullough had three tackles for loss and defensive back Calvin Williams (So./Union, SC) intercepted a pass near the Falcons’ goal line.
Braxton Gambrell rushed for 117 yards and one touchdown for the Golden Bulls, who won the time of possession 37:21 to 22:39. The Golden Bulls gained 218 rushing yards.
Brandon Howard drilled three field goals for the Golden Bulls including a 49-yarder in the fourth quarter. Defensive back Lorenz Taylor recorded six tackles for the Golden Bulls, who limited the Falcons to 151 offensive yards including minus 1 rushing.