Virginia Union University overcame a 14-0 deficit as the Panthers scored 27 straight points to take a 41-34 football win over Chowan University on Saturday, October 19, at Hovey Field in Richmond, Va.
VUU's Tabyus Taylor raced for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries as VUU gained the win on Homecoming Saturday for the Panthers.
Virginia Union's Khalid Morris completed 18 of 29 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
Chowan took a 14-0 lead on two first quarter touchdowns before Morris hit Jaiden Reavis for the first of Reavis' three touchdowns.
After Chowan took a 26-14 lead at halftime, the VUU defense went to work, shutting out the Hawks while Union scored on two rushing touchdowns by Taylor, a rushing TD by Morris and a 22-yard touchdown strike from Morris to Taylor as Virginia Union took a 41-26 lead.
Chowan didn't score again until 1:13 left in the game, and by then, the touchdown run was harmless.
“Chowan is always a tough game for us, I’m extremely pleased with the way our team played in the second half," said VUU Head Football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker. "Just like every other week, we had some unexpected guys to make some huge plays. The crowd was awesome and I’m glad everyone enjoyed homecoming.”
The win lifts VUU's record to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in CIAA play. Chowan fell to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the CIAA.
The win also sets up next week's match-up with Bowie State University in a game which could determine the CIAA's Northern Division Champion. Both teams are undefeated in CIAA play at 4-0.
Game time is 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, in Bowie, Md.