An unproductive outing by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions’ offense was key in their 45-14 2018 Homecoming loss to the Alabama A&M Bulldogs Saturday.
The Golden Lions’ offense couldn't find a rhythm at all in the first half, and the Bulldogs got better on both sides of the ball as the game progressed.
In the first half, the Golden Lions' offense possessed the ball six times, resulting in five punts and a turnover.
UAPB attempted to establish their run game earlier with the SWAC's leading rusher coming into the game, junior Taeyler Porter. The Bulldogs' defense didn't allow Porter to break any big runs in the first half, and that hindered the Golden Lions' offensive attack.
Perry was efficient, completing 10/14 first-half passes for 95 yards, but the Bulldogs displayed a bend-but-don't-break defense that pitched a first-half shutout.
The Golden Lions' defense held the Bulldogs scoreless in the first quarter. But it was only a matter of time before AAMU quarterback A. Glass found openings in the UAPB defense, which he exploited.
On their first drive of the second quarter, Glass hooked up with his wide-out Zabrian Moore for a 31-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game.
After forcing the fourth punt of the game for the Golden Lions, the Bulldogs' offense would come back to add to their lead.
Just as Glass was leading the Bulldogs on another drive that looked to result in some type of points, UAPB sophomore defensive back Shawn Steele came up with a much-needed interception in the end zone.
However, the Bulldogs' defense still wouldn't budge as they forced the fifth punt of the first half.
The Bulldogs received the ball with enough time to tack on more points, and it only took them two plays to cover 65 yards. Glass hit his wide-out Nathaniel Dell on back-to-back screen passes, and the second one went for a 42-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 heading into halftime.
Coming out of halftime, Alabama A&M's defense kept up the good work by forcing the seventh and eighth punts by UAPB within the first five minutes of the third quarter. On their second possession of the third quarter, Bulldog running back Walters found his way back in the end zone. Walters swerved his way through the Golden Lions' front seven and secondary to bust a 72-yard rushing touchdown to put the Bulldogs up by three possessions.
On their third possession of quarter three, the Golden Lions were able to put together a scoring drive. Perry hit his wide-outs, Tyrin Ralph and DeJuan Miller, for big gains, plus a nice run by Jaimon Peterson gave All-SWAC kicker Jamie Gillan a chance at a field goal.
Gillan connected from 42 yards out to make it 21-3.
Alabama A&M continued to test the UAPB secondary with deep passes, and Glass found a receiver for 55 yards on first down to put them in plus territory. Bulldog running back Teon Dollar scampered in from 10 yards out to add insurance to their lead.
UAPB would manage to get back on the board after Perry hit Miller for a deep pass. The pick up of yardage was enough to put Gillan in range, and he connected on his second attempt of the game from 38 yards out to make it 28-6.
With a little over a minute to play in the third quarter, the Bulldogs began another drive that would result in points before the start of the fourth. On the last play of the third quarter, Glass found a streaking O. Miles for a 55-yard touchdown completion to all but put this one away.
The Golden Lions still had an entire quarter to surmount a comeback, but their offense just couldn't find a stride. Early in the fourth, UAPB fumbled the ball, and it was recovered on their own 15 yard line to give AAMU a short field. Although the Golden Lions didn't give up a touchdown in that situation, AAMU's kicker hit a 33-yard field goal making the score 38-6.
Not giving in despite the deficit, the Golden Lions responded with a 6-play drive capped off with a 12-yard Jaimon Peterson touchdown.
From that point, the Bulldogs began to insert their backups, but their production on offense didn't decrease. Back up running back junior Dylan Smith gashed the UAPB defense for a 39-yard rushing touchdown to ice the game with 4:12 to play.
This served as the final game of the season at Simmons Bank Field for the Golden Lions as their last two games are at Southern University and Texas Southern University.