FROSTBURG, MD —
Jeff Chick's 17-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted visiting Widener to a 26-19 win over Frostburg State, spoiling the Bobcats' Homecoming Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.
Widener (3-3), facing FSU for the first time ever, took a 19-12 lead into the fourth quarter and looked for insurance points, churning out a 13-play, 62-yard drive to the Bobcat 18 with 4:12 left.
However, the march stalled, and Frank Vinci's 35-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright to give FSU hope.
The Bobcats (2-3) capitalized on the miscue, marching 80 yards and tying the game on a one-yard plunge by senior quarterback Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) with just 1:08 left in regulation.
FSU caught two breaks on the game-tying drive. Facing a fourth-and-three from its 38, Burrough's pass to senior tight end Roy Olson (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) was tipped into the air by Widener defensive back B.J. Hogan.
Olson used great concentration to grab the ball out of the air at the around the FSU 45, and he spun and rambled to the Widener 20.
Five plays later, Burrough dove in for the touchdown to make it a 19-18 contest. The Bobcats caught a second break on the extra-point attempt, as junior Nick Quisgard's (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) kick was tipped at line but had enough on it to wobble through the uprights and tie the game.
FSU won the overtime coin flip and elected to play defense first. Widener needed just three plays to score, as Chick broke loose on the left side and raced into the end zone.
The Bobcats looked for the equalizer on their ensuing possession, moving to a first-and-goal situation at the Widener nine.
However, Burrough's fourth-down pass into the end zone fell short.
Frostburg State controlled the game early on, opening the scoring with 6:59 left in the first when the Pioneers sent a punt snap from their own 25-yard line into the end zone for a safety.
Quisgard booted a 25-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining in the quarter to give the Bobcats a 5-0 advantage, and Snyder snared a 5-yard scoring strike from Burrough with 9:56 to play in first half to give FSU a 12-0 cushion.
Widener, which was held to minus-7 yards in the first quarter, started to click in the second stanza.
Michael Gandy ran in from a yard out to cut the deficit to 12-6 (the extra-point attempt was wide), and Chick caught a 21-yard scoring strike from Mike Lomas with just 1:03 left in the half to give the Pioneers a 13-12 lead at the break.
Gandy, who finished with 25 carries for 122 yards, gave Widener a 19-12 lead with a two-yard touchdown run with 8:30 left in the third. The extra-point try failed after a low snap.
Burrough finished 30-of-50 for a season-high 293 yards and a touchdown and an interception. He is now FSU's all-time leading passer with 5,799 yards, surpassing Jobie Waldt's former mark of 5,625 set from 1980-84.
FSU returns to action next Saturday at Maryville (Tenn.). Kickoff is 2:00 pm EST.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303