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Freshman Nick Quisgard (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:23 left in the game to lift Frostburg State to a 25-23 upset over Division I-AA Marist College in its season-opener Saturday at Leonidoff Field.
Trailing 23-20 with 5:16 remaining, Quisgard pinned the Red Foxes inside their own one-yard line with a booming punt, and, two plays later, Marist quarterback Kevin Bielen fumbled the snap in the end zone and was brought down by several Bobcat defenders for a safety.
Bobcat freshman Adam J. Snyder (Scottdale, Pa./South Moreland) then returned the ensuing free kick 19 yards to the Marist 47. Frostburg State drove 34 yards in nine plays to the Marist 13 before facing a fourth and three, and Quisgard calmly drilled the game-winner down the middle.
Marist (0-1) dominated early on, opening the scoring when Sean Stellato hauled in a 39-yard touchdown pass from John Corneliusen just 2:41 into the game.
Frostburg State (1-0) got on the board when sophomore Anthony Long (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley), a transfer from Liberty University, caught an 18-yard scoring pass from sophomore Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) with 1:33 left in the first quarter. The extra point failed and the Bobcats trailed, 7-6.
Marist responded immediately when James Molloy returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, but the extra point was no good and the Red Foxes held a 13-6 advantage.
Marist took a 20-6 lead with 6:02 remaining in the first half when Alfredo Riullano scored from two yards out, but the Bobcats held tough and pulled to within 20-13 on senior DeNelle Hale's (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar) two-yard touchdown run with just 49 seconds left in the first half.
The Red Foxes opened a 23-13 lead on a 30-yard field goal with 1:56 left in the third quarter before FSU ripped off 12 unanswered points in the fourth. Hale got the spurt started with a 10-yard scoring run with 9:12 left in the game to bring the Bobcats to within three before the safety spurred the final flurry.
Burrough completed 20-of-34 passes for 176 yards, while Hale led the Bobcats with 67 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Corneliusen was a perfect 7-for-7 passing on the night, throwing for 96 yards and a touchdown, while Bielen was 8-for-21 for 95 yards and was sacked three times.
Marist led the way in nearly every offensive category, outgaining FSU, 332 to 257 yards in total offense. Marist had possession of the ball for 35:42, compared to Frostburg State's 24:18, and the Red Foxes owned a 19-15 edge in first downs.
Frostburg State will face Allegheny (Pa.) College in the Bobcats' home opener on Take A Kid to the Game Day Saturday 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