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Football Fourth-Quarter Rally Falls Short in Loss to Montclair State
09/21/2002

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. -Junior linebacker John Lennox returned two interceptions for touchdowns and the Montclaur State defense came up big in the waning seconds to lift the Red Hawks to an exciting 30-27 victory over Frostburg State before 1,684 at Sprague Field Saturday afternoon.

Trailing 30-13 entering the fourth quarter, the Bobcats looked to rally behind the passing combination of junior Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Burrough) and senior Aaron Deeb (Baltimore, Md./Rockville).

The duo connected for an 11-yard scoring strike with 9:07 remaining, and, following a Red Hawk punt, hit again from 10 yards out to cap a 10-play, 61-yard drive that brought FSU to within 30-27 with 4:20 to play.

Montclair State appeared to respond as Jasper Hankins raced 72 yards on the ensuing kickoff to give the Red Hawks (1-1) the ball at the FSU 18. However, a holding penalty — one of 15 on the day by MSU — negated the return.

The Red Hawks then went three-and-out again and gave the ball back to Frostburg State with 1:58 left in the game.

Burrough then led the Bobcats into Montclair State territory, keeping the drive alive by running for eight yards on a fourth-and-one to put the ball at the MSU 34. Another completion moved the ball down to the Red Hawk 26 with 38 seconds left, but, two plays later, MSU defensive tackle Derrick Mimy stripped Burrough of the ball, which was then scooped up by Doug Rothacker.

Rothacker returned the ball 37 yards to the Frostburg 33-yard line with 22 seconds to go, and MSU ran out the clock to escape with the win.

The Red Hawks opened the scoring when Lennox picked off a Burrough pass and raced 21 yards for a touchdown with 3:35 left in the first quarter to put MSU up 6-0. MSU boosted its lead to 13-0 late in the second quarter when freshman quarterback John DiGiralomo scored from a yard out to cap a 41-yard drive that was set up by the first of two interceptions by Derek Morrison.

FSU (1-1) countered with 4:01 left in the half when junior Edward Kearney (Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall) raced 49 yards for touchdown to pull the Bobcats to within 13-7 at the break. Kearney, who ran for 212 yards last week, gained 65 yards on 13 carries against MSU.

However, MSU extended the lead to 23-7 in the third as Brent Grablachoff booted a 40-yard field goal and Lennox intercepted his second pass of the game and returned it 22 yards for another score.

Burrough found the endzone on a one-yard run to cut the gap to 23-13 with 5:09 to play in the third, but Montclair State answered with a 10-play, 65-yard march capped off by another DiGiralomo one-yard run with 35 second to go in the quarter.

Burrough completed 21-of-46 passes for 288 yards but was picked off a career-high four times, while DiGiralomo went just 9-for-24 for 99 yards. The Bobcats outgained the Red Hawks, 404-312, and held a 24-17 advantage in first downs, but couldn't overcome the turnovers and a few special teams breakdowns.

MSU’s Jamarl Buie rushed for 150 yards as the hosts won the ground battle, 205-116. Bobcat senior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) had a game-high eight catches for 94 yards, while Red Hawk All-American Eric Magrini was held to just two receptions for 27 yards.

Junior Dave Lightner (Cherry Tree, Pa./Purchase Line) posted a career-high 11 tackles to lead the FSU defense, which recorded four sacks and three forced fumbles.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday when they host SUNY-Brockport at Bobcat Stadium 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