BUFFALO, NY —
Two rushing touchdowns by quarterback Mike Mikolaichik pushed Buffalo State past visiting Frostburg State 16-9 in Atlantic Central Football Conference action Saturday at muddy Coyer Field.
The Bengals improved to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the ACFC, while the Bobcats fell to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Frostburg State got off to a rough start as Carl Jean-Louis intercepted a pass by sophomore Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) on the Bobcats’ third play from scrimmage.
Buffalo State needed just five plays to go 23 yards, capped off by a nine-yard Mikolaichik run and an Eric Buchanan extra point to give the Bengals their first lead of the season at 7-0.
Buffalo State extended its lead to 10-0 when Buchanan nailed a 20-yard field goal with four seconds left in the first half. The kick was set up by Mike Potter’s 48-yard interception return to the Bobcat 10-yard line.
Frostburg State caught a break when Buffalo State fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half.
However, the Bengals drove the Bobcats back seven yards on three plays, and FSU senior Nick Quisgard (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) drilled a 42-yard field goal to put the visitors on the board. The kick tied Quisgard’s career-long mark set last year against Montclair State.
The Bobcats finally found the end zone 37 seconds into the fourth quarter when Ward raced in on a 44-yard keeper. However, the extra point kick failed and the Bengals held on to a 10-9 edge.
Buffalo State took advantage of outstanding field position again midway through the fourth quarter when Potter made another big play, blocking a Frostburg State punt and returning it to the Bobcat 5-yard line.
Following a tough goal line stand, Mikolaichik plunged into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the one-yardline. Buffalo State missed the extra point but extended its lead to 16-9.
The Bengals ran out the clock to earn their first victory of the season and first under Head Coach Paul Shaffner.
Frostburg State held a 153-129 advantage in total offensive yards, but the Bengals forced three turnovers and sacked Ward eight times.
Mikolaichik finished the game 6-of-14 for 54 yards and led the Bengals with 34 rushing yards on 13 carries. Perry Taglienti led the defense with 10 tackles, including a sack. David Barabas had eight tackles, including 2.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss.
Junior Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) paced the Frostburg State defense with 13 tackles. Freshman Gabe Ellis (Laurel, Del./Delmar) made eight stops, including one sack, in his first career start.
Ward was 7-of-14 for 46 yards, while sophomore fullback Josh Keeney (Middletown, Md./Smithsburg) was Frostburg State’s leading rusher with 49 yards on 10 carries.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday when they host Wesley in another ACFC contest at 1:00 pm.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303