TOWSON, MD –
Senior Grant Burrough (C. Milton Wright/Bel Air, Md.)
tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to fellow senior Roy Olson (Great Mills/Lexington Park, Md.)
with 10:33 left, and Frostburg State stopped Salisbury on a fourth-and-four play from the Bobcat 36 with 55 seconds remaining to claim an exciting 15-14 victory in the Fifth Annual Regents Cup Game in front of 3,342 fans at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Frostburg State, which won the Regents Cup for the fourth time in the game’s five years, finishes its season 4-5 and takes the Atlantic Central Football Conference title for the second year in a row.
The Bobcats have defeated the Sea Gulls 13 times in the last 15 meetings.
Salisbury wraps up its year at 7-2 and awaits a possible berth to the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship game.
The Bobcats opened the scoring on a 27-yard field goal by junior Nick Quisgard (John Carroll/Baltimore, Md.) with 5:34 left in first quarter. FSU was helped on the drive with a pass interference call on third-and-eight from the SU 38.
Salisbury looked to respond with time winding down in the first, but sophomore quarterback Dustin Johnson fumbled near midfield and FSU recovered at the SU 47 with 53 seconds left.
Frostburg State took advantage of the miscue and drove 47 yards for a touchdown. Junior Mike Kitchen (Lebanon Valley/Lebanon, Pa.) capped the drive with a two-yard scamper around the left side, but the extra-point snap was low as the Bobcats took a 9-0 lead.
FSU kept its scoring march alive with a 16-yard completion from Burrough to junior Adam J. Snyder (Howard/Jessup, Md.) on fourth-and-five at the Sea Gull 30.
Salisbury got on the board with 8:34 left in the first half when senior Rishawd Watson took an option pitch from Johnson and raced 10 yards into the end zone to pull the Sea Gulls to within 9-7.
The Bobcats looked to add to their lead in the closing moments and marched to the Sea Gull 26, but Mike Myrtle recovered a fumble by Burrough at the SU 33 with 1:36 left in half to end the threat.
Salisbury aimed to capitalize on the miscue and drove to the FSU 25 before settling for a 42-yard field goal attempt.
However, the snap was low and holder and back-up quarterback Shai Warsaw picked the ball up, rolled left and fired across the field to a group of Sea Gulls.
Senior tight end Kyle Acker hauled in the jump ball but was tackled at the one-yard line and fumbled into the end zone. Bobcat sophomore Jon Menz (Glenelg/Sykesville, Md.) pounced on the loose ball for the touchback as FSU went into halftime with a 9-7 edge.
The teams then split six stalled drives to open the second half before Salisbury turned to trickery to take the lead. Setting up to punt from the Bobcat 48, junior linebacker Brad DeHaven took the direct snap and raced 16 yards to the FSU 32 for the first down.
Johnson then laced a 30-yard pass to Adam Dickerson down to the Bobcat five, and Watson ran in on the next play to give the Sea Gulls a 14-9 advantage with two seconds left in the quarter.
The Bobcats moved back in front for good on a 13-play, 72-yard drive. Burrough provided the key play by hitting sophomore Gil Bolden (Loudoun Valley/Purcellville, Va.) for a 21-yard gain to the Sea Gull six on a fourth-and-11 play from the 27-yard line.
Two plays later, Burrough hit Olson over the middle for the go-ahead score. However, the two-point pass was incomplete as FSU clinged to a 15-14 lead.
The FSU defense then came up big down the stretch, stopping SU on a third-and-two at the Sea Gull 43 with 8:19 left and getting a sack from senior linebacker Andy Wilson (Allegany/LaVale, Md.) to hinder another Salisbury drive.
The Sea Gulls had one final chance when Burrough fumbled at the FSU 42 scrambling for the first down. However, Bobcat sophomore Josh Morris (Hereford/Freeland, Md.) broke up a pass on fourth-and-four at the 36 with 55 seconds left to seal the victory.
Junior defensive end Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) earned FSU’s Mike McGlinchey Most Valuable Player honor after making nine tackles, including eight solos, five for loss and a sack.
DeHaven took home Salisbury’s MVP honors with 15 stops, including two for loss.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303