Although the opposing programs were seen competing within the white lines, Saginaw Valley State University and Bowie State University utilized the past few days to shine a light on the history and experience of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
This past Thursday, the collaboration began with a documentary screening and panel discussion of the film “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”
Amongst the panel were HBCU alums Karen S. Carter, Arik Smith, Marcelle Smith, Dawn Hinton and Tiffany Torain.
The following Friday, within the Malcolm Field Theatre, SVSU hosted a step show and spoken word performance. Other events included an HBCU historical exhibit in the Zahnow Library, youthfocused STEM activities and tailgating activities prior to the football game.
To close out this unique collaboration, Bowie State’s Symphony of Soul Marching Band united with the SVSU Marching Band for a halftime performance during Saturday’s game.
SVSU built on its strong home opener with an impressive 40-12 win over the 9th-ranked Bowie State Bulldogs. The Cardinals compiled 417 total yards of offense and continued to showcase its ability to establish the run game.
Leading rusher Dante Barthwell ran for 98 yards on 12 carries and added a rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Fellow running back Tyler Amos found his way into the endzone an additional two times while managing 33 yards on the ground.
Dual-threat QB Colby Newburg proved once again that his mobile skillset has the ability to impact the game on all levels. His 34-yard touchdown run ignited the home crowd and extended the Cardinals’ lead early in the third quarter.
QB Andrew Brito threw for 94 yards while completing 12 of his 20 passing attempts. Directly after a Cardinals’ defensive takeaway, Brito connected with Earnest Sanders IV on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone.
Sanders hauled in the Cardinals only receiving score of the game; continuing to cement himself within the offense. Veteran WR Casey Williams had 71 yards of his own.
The Cardinals’ defense held its own against Bowie State’s air raid offensive attack. Linebackers Micah Cretsinger and Trevor Nowaske combined for 21 total tackles as well as two tackles for loss.
Nowaske came away with his first interception of the season early on in the first quarter, which set the momentum for the rest of the game. Along the line, JaJuan Blankenship and Leonard Henry IV both came away with a sack.
The Cardinals remained sharp on both sides of the ball from beginning to end.With an elite run game and a defense with a nose for the football, the Cardinals have a special season ahead. SVSU heads to Northwood on Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.
Editor’s Note: The printed article included the wrong date for SVSU’s next game. The online article is updated with the correct date.