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WSSU rolls in second half, wins 44-17

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The Winston-Salem State University Marching Band led the annual WSSU Homecoming Parade down Fourth St and MLK Jr., Blvd to the WSSU campus on Saturday. (David Rolfe/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem State turned up the heat in the second half and rolled over Johnson C. Smith 44-17 on Saturday in front of more than 15,000 at Bowman Gray Stadium.

The Rams won their 20th straight CIAA game over the past three seasons and improved to 5-1 and 1-0 in the Southern Division this season.

The Golden Bulls (4-2, 0-1) stayed with the Rams for the first half and were tied 14-14 at halftime. They then went ahead 17-14 early in the third quarter, but the Rams answered with four touchdowns and a safety to win going away.

WSSU had 501 yards of offense; J.C. Smith had just 156.

With Smith up 17-14 after Erik Amaya’s 33-yard field goal early in the third quarter, quarterback Rudy Johnson scored from 35 yards out to put the Rams ahead for good. Johnson rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and Maurice Lewis had 113 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

Johnson was 19 of 25 passing with touchdown passes to Jerry Chandler and Tehvyn Brantley.

By John Dell/Winston-Salem Journal