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Football Falls Short Against Westminster
11/01/2003

NEW WILMINGTON, PA — Scott Froelich ran for 174 yards and a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and threw another to lead host Westminster to a 35-33 win over Frostburg State Saturday at Harold Burry Stadium.

The loss spoiled an outstanding day by junior Mike Kitchen (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon), who set career-high's with 37 carries and 209 rushing yards. He also caught three passes for 22 yards.

Bobcats (3-4) trailed 28-20 entering the fourth quarter but pulled to within two on Kitchen's one-yard touchdown run with 13:15 left. FSU went for the crucial two-point conversion but the pass failed.

The Titans (5-3), who won their fourth in a row, countered with a nine-play, 80-yard drive to open a 35-26 advantage with 8:30 remaining.

Froelich ran six times for 49 yards and capped the march with a 20-yard pass to Steve Scott.

FSU answered on its ensuing possession, which began at its 46 after a 30-yard kickoff return by junior D.J. Hetrick (Keyser, W.Va./Keyser).

Kitchen ripped off runs of 10, 16 and 17 yards on the first three plays to move the Bobcats to the Titan 19, and senior Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C.Milton Wright) hit senior Roy Olson (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) with a five-yard scoring strike five plays later to bring FSU to within 35-33.

The FSU defense came up with a key stop on Westminster's next possession, but a 37-yard punt coupled with a personal foul pinned the Bobcats at their own six-yard line with 1:56 to go.

FSU moved to its own 18 and kept its hopes alive when Burrough found sophomore Jason McLaughlin (Baltimore, Md./Lansdowne) for a 16-yard gain on fourth-and-nine with just over a minute left.

However, Tom Froelich intercepted a Burrough pass at the Westminster 35 on the next play, and the Titans ran out the final 45 seconds to escape with the victory.

Westminster started the game hitting on all cylinders, taking the game's first possession 72 yards in 10 plays. Quarterback Joe Getsy capped the drive with a six-yard run to give the Titans an early 7-0 lead.

FSU, which outgained Westminster 389-341 on the day, pulled even on a 48-yard scoring strike from Burrough to Olson with 2:41 left in the first quarter and built a 13-7 lead on 21- and 32-yard field goals by junior Nick Quisgard (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll).

However, Westminster moved in front for good when Getsy tossed a six-yard scoring pass to Ryan Mitchell with 1:19 left in the half.

The Titans regained possession moments later when Ryan Aleski picked off a Burrough pass at the FSU 40 and returned in 12 yards. Getsy then connected with Scott Froelich for a 28-yard touchdown on the very next play to give the Titans a 21-13 lead at the break.

The Bobcats caught a break early in the third when freshman Kevin Herder (Ft. Washington, Md./Potomac) recovered a fumbled punt at the Westminster 15.

Three plays later, Burrough hit junior Adam J. Snyder (Scottdale, Pa./South Moreland) with a 12-yard touchdown pass to bring FSU to within 21-20.

Scott Froelich put Westminster ahead 28-20 on a four-yard run with 3:04 left in the third and finished with 37 carries for 174 yards. It was his sixth 100-yard game of the year and the 17th of his career.

Burrough completed 15-of-29 passes for 177 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Bobcats return to action next Saturday when they host Waynesburg at 1:00 pm.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu