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Football Falls to Brockport in Triple OT Thriller
09/28/2002

FROSTBURG, MD — Billy Spalik dove in from a yard out in the third overtime to lift visiting Brockport to a thrilling 31-25 win over Frostburg State Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.

The Bobcats (1-2) trailed 25-17 with 1:36 left but forced overtime with an eight-play, 80-yard scoring march in the closing moments.

Junior Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) capped the drive by connecting with senior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) on a nine-yard scoring strike, and FSU pulled even when Burrough found junior Tim Pearson (Baltimore, Md./Lake Clifton) for the two-point conversion.

Brockport (3-1), participants in each of the last two NCAA Division III Playoffs and winners of 24 of its last 26 regular-season contests, had the first possession of the initial overtime but came up empty when Bob Darnley's pass into the endzone was tipped by FSU junior A.B. Wilson (La Vale, Md./Allegheny) and intercepted by junior Curran Oatts (Columbia, Md./Atholton).

The Bobcats (1-2) looked to claim a hard-fought win on their ensuing opportunity, but sophomore Nick Quisgard (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) sent a 27-yard field goal attempt wide right. The Golden Eagles held FSU in the second overtime and had their chance to win, but Mark Menchetti came up short on a 43-yard field goal try.

Spalik then began the third extra session with his one-yard dive, but Brockport's two-point pass attempt failed, leaving the Bobcats with new hope. However, FSU failed to gain a first down on its next possession, falling a yard short on a fourth-and-five play from the Golden Eagle 20.

The Bobcats opened the scoring with 33 seconds left in the first as Burrough hit Wilkins for a 17-yard touchdown strike for a 7-0 lead.

The Golden Eagles got on the scoreboard later in the quarter on Bob Darnley's 11-yard scoring pass to Darin Brady. Mike Laney missed the extra point attempt and FSU held a slight 7-6 edge.

Quisgard booted a 41-yard field goal on FSU's next possession to give the hosts a 10-6 lead, but Brockport answered less than five minutes later when Laney nailed a 27-yard try to trim FSU's advantage to 10-9 at the half.

Laney connected on a 24-yard field goal with 5:44 left in the third quarter to put the Golden Eagles in front, 12-10. However, the Bobcats countered on their next series as Burrough and senior Aaron Deeb led the team on a 12-play, 72-yard march over 5:14.

The duo connected on passes of 16, 15 and 12 yards, and Burrough capped the drive with a two-yard touchdown run. Quisgard kicked the extra point to put FSU ahead, 17-12.

However, the lead lasted just 18 seconds, as Brockport senior Jeremy Lynch returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown — tying Bob Nugent's school record set in 1968 — to give the visitors an 18-17 lead. Darnley's two-point conversion pass failed.

Lynch then stymied the Bobcats on each of their next two possessions, picking off a Burrough pass in the endzone before snaring another Burrough attempt at the Brockport 26 and returning the ball 51 yards to the FSU 23 with 3:32 to play.

Lynch enjoyed a stellar afternoon, adding four punt returns for 57 yards, four kickoff returns for 172 yards and making seven tackles.

Brockport made the most of its opportunity, with Adam Webster scoring on a five-yard scamper to give the Golden Eagles a seemingly comfortable 25-17 advantage with 1:36 remaining.

The Bobcat offense posted impressive numbers for the second straight week, outgaining Brockport, 454-371, and holding a 20-17 edge in first downs. However, turnovers spelled doom again for the Bobcats, as they were picked off three times and lost two fumbles. FSU had five turnovers (four interceptions and one fumble) in a tough 30-27 setback at Montclair State last Saturday.

Burrough finished 22-of-42 for 293 yards and two touchdowns but was picked off for the seventh time in his last two games.

Deeb hauled in seven passes for a career-high 106 yards, while Wilkins had six catches for 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Webster led Brockport with 26 carries for a game-high 142 yards as the Golden Eagles outgained the Bobcats, 232-159, on the ground.

Senior George O'Brien (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) and freshman Chris Lentz (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) each finished with 16 tackles for the Bobcats, who held the Golden Eagles to just 10-of-24 passing for 139 yards and recorded five sacks.

FSU returns to action on Saturday when it visits Oberlin at 1:00 p.m.

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