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Football Looks to Rebound Against Nationally Ranked Brockport
09/26/2003

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FROSTBURG, MD — If rebounding from a disappointing 27-3 loss isn't enough to handle, how about trying to do so against a nationally ranked opponent seeking its 35th win in its last 38 regular-season games. That's the daunting task Frostburg State faces when it visits SUNY Brockport Saturday at Special Olympics Stadium. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.

The Bobcats (1-1) received a great effort from its defense in last week's home defeat at the hands of Montclair State, as the Red & Black held the Red Hawks to just 25 rushing yards, 239 total yards and nine first downs. FSU also forced four turnovers.

However, the offense could not find any rhythm as the Bobcats were held to their lowest scoring output in seven years (a 7-3 loss to Brockport on October 19, 1996).

Junior defensive end Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) spearheaded the FSU defense, recording 10 tackles, including 3.0 sacks, forcing two fumbles, recovering a fumble and blocking an extra point attempt.

Culbert was named the Don Hansen Football Gazette NCAA Division III Co-National Defensive Player of the Week and was also selected to the D3football.com Team of the Week for his stellar performance.

The FSU offense will look to get back on track after managing just 220 yards on 82 plays (2.7 yards per play).

Senior Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) completed 22-of-43 passes for 162 yards but threw three interceptions, including one that was returned 60 yards for a touchdown. He was also sacked six times.

The Bobcats, who averaged 32.0 points and 432.5 yards per game last season, are averaging just 15.5 points and 292.5 yards per game in 2003.

Culbert leads the FSU defense with 18 tackles and 4.5 sacks, while senior Andy Wilson (La Vale, Md./Allegany) has 15 tackles.

Brockport (3-0) is looking to match its best start in school history with a victory and is ranked in several polls after last Saturday's 49-0 drubbing of Utica.

The Golden Eagles are No. 6 in the Don Hansen's Football Gazette Poll, No. 9 in the AFCA Coaches Poll and No. 19 in the D3football.com Poll.

Brockport is ranked 11th in the nation in total defense (186.7 ypg), 16th in rushing defense (68.7 rypg) and tied for 21st in scoring defense (7.0 ppg).

Sophomore Bob Darnley has completed 35-of-53 passes for 492 yards and has an impressive nine touchdown passes. He is ranked fourth in the country with a whopping 196.3 pass efficiency rating.

The Golden Eagles love to run the football, averaging 47 attempts and 196.0 rushing yards per game. Overall, Brockport are compiling 38.0 points and 369.7 yards per game.

Brockport has won the last three meetings and holds a 7-4 lead in the all-time series. The Golden Eagles claimed a thrilling 31-25 triple overtime victory last season.

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