Football Game Notes Vs. Salisbury
Frostburg State looks to end its regular-season with its fifth-straight win when it travels to Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md., to square off against rival Salisbury in the seventh annual Regents' Cup Game. The Bobcats are 4-2 against the Sea Gulls in Regents' Cup games.
Frostburg State downed Waynesburg 17-10 in overtime on a sophomore running back Shanorm Young four-yard touchdown run as FSU improved to 6-3 overall while WC fell to 3-6.
Frostburg State head coach Rubin Stevenson (Salisbury ‘87) is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bobcat program. Stevenson is 27-31 overall and has led FSU to two ACFC championships (2002 & 2003), three Regents Cup titles (2001, 2002 & 2003 – awarded to the annual winner of the FSU-Salisbury game) and one ECAC Southwest Championship game appearance (2002). Stevenson was named the ACFC Coach of the Year in 2002 and was ACFC Co-Coach of the Year in 2003.
Sherman Wood (Salisbury ‘84) has elevated the Sea Gull football program to elite status over the last three seasons having won 26 of 31 games. Among the recent SU accomplishments are: appearances in the NCAA Playoffs in both 2002 and 2004; an undefeated regular season in 2004; claiming the championship of the Atlantic Central Football Conference in 2004; winning streaks of seven, nine and ten games during the past three seasons; and consistent national rankings in the weekly Top 25 poll, including a best-ever #5 ranking in 2004.
AMONG THE ELITE
In this week’s NCAA statistics, redshirt-senior defensive end Kevin Culbert for the sixth straight week leads the country in both tackles for loss (3.6 per game) and sacks (1.9 per game). He is also 48th in the nation with 5.8 solo stops per contest.
Freshman kicker Mark Sedlock ranks eighth in the country with 1.2 field goals made per game and freshman punt returner Brandon Tann ranks 16th in the college ranks with a 14.8 yards per return average.
Sedlock has kicked at least one field goal in six straight games and eight out of the nine games for FSU.
LESS THAN 20
The Bobcats are 17-2 since the 2001 season when holding opponents to less than 20 points.
I’LL TAKE THAT
FSU is averaging two takeaways per game this season, 13 interceptions and five fumbles.
During the current four-game winning streak, the Bobcats are holding opponents to 9.5 points per game.
WERE GOING STREAKING
Frostburg State's last five-game winning streak came at the beginning of the 1999 season when the Bobcats won their first six contests to open the season 6-0.
In four of the six Regent's Cup meetings against Frostburg State, Salisbury has allowed a Bobcat to gain at leads 100 yards on the ground while sophomore running back Shanorm Young has eclipsed the 100-yard barrier in rushing in five of the six FSU victories this season. In those six FSU wins, he has rushed for 684 yards and nine touchdowns.
Five of FSU's last nine wins dating back to October 11, 2003 have come by three points or less. Two weeks ago, the Bobcats needed a last-second field goal from freshman Mark Sedlock to down Westminster 16-13.
In a 17-14 win over Montclair State earlier this season, redshirt-senior Kevin Culbert blocked a 31-yard field goal attempt on the game's final play to preserve the victory. Against Buffalo State, the Bobcat defensive unit stuffed Bengal quarterback Mike Mikolaichik on fourth-and-one at the FSU 42 with just 22 seconds remaining.
In 2003, the Bobcats kicked a 22-yard field goal on their first possession of overtime to down Wesley 42-39. In the Regents Cup Game that same year, FSU stopped Salisbury on a fourth-and-four with just 55 seconds left in regulation to hold on to a tight 15-14 victory.
ON THE AIR
Bobcat fans can hear all 10 Frostburg State football games of the 2005 season on the internet this year. All 10 games will be broadcast live at www.futuremediaworld.com, while FSU’s six road contests, including the Seventh Annual Regents Cup Game versus Salisbury to be played Saturday, November 12 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium, will also be carried on Frostburg State radio station 91.9 WFWM and on the internet at www.wfwm.org.
Join Jeff Krone and Bernie Wynder as they call another year of exciting Bobcat football action. The pregame show will start 15 minutes prior to kickoff each week.
SCOUTING THE SEA GULLS
Salisbury travels to Johnny Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University to face rival Frostburg State in the seventh annual Regent's Cup game. The all-time series is tied at 16 while FSU holds a 7-3 lead in the last ten meetings.
SU is coming off a tough 28-31 loss to Widener last Saturday. The Pioneers took an early 13-0 lead on touchdowns by Dominic Rock and Jeff Chick. SU narrowed the gap to 13-7 when Travis Peters scored a two-yard run with 9:33 left in the second quarter.
Just before halftime, Widener's Jamie Schild converted a 34-yard touchdown pass to Mike Lomas to give WU a 20-7 advantage.
The Sea Gulls would rebound, however, scoring touchdowns to open the third and fourth quarters to take the lead 21-20. After the teams exchanged touchdowns, Wideners Frank Vinci booted a 29-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Pioneers the win.
On the season, Salisbury boasts the third-best rushing attack in the nation averaging 341.3 yards per game. Leroy Satchell leads the team with 1,001 yards on 147 carries including 16 touchdowns and ranks fifth in the country in scoring at 12.0 points per game.
Travis Peters guides the air attack throwing for 612 yards on 33-of-68 passing and seven touchdowns. He has also rushed for 356 yards and four more scores. His favorite target is Joseph Early who has snagged 13 balls for 276 yards and three end zones trips.
Defensively, Jacquis McCray leads SU with 47 total tackles, seven TFL, one sack, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and five PBU's. Zach Armiger is also having a good season posting 25 tackles including 11 for loss with six sacks. Byron Westbrook leads the secondary with five interceptions and 10 PBU's.
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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303