Sophomore Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright)
tossed a 13-yard touchdown to junior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo)
in overtime to lead Frostburg State to a thrilling 30-24 win over cross-state rival Salisbury University in the Third Annual Regents’ Cup Game in front of 2,240 fans Saturday afternoon at RFK Stadium in Washington.
Frostburg State, who concluded its season with 5-4 overall and 2-1 ACFC marks, took a 24-17 lead into the fourth quarter, but Salisbury tied the game on junior Tony Ellis’ 3-yard run with 2:36 left in regulation.
The Bobcats had a chance to win as time expired, but freshman Nick Quisgard (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) sent a 40-yard field goal attempt wide left.
Salisbury (4-6, 1-2 ACFC) won the overtime coin toss and elected to receive the ball to start the extra period. The Sea Gulls then moved from the 25-yard line to the 6 before settling for Paul Jacko’s 23-yard field goal and a 27-24 lead.
However, the Bobcats needed just four plays to end the game.
Burrough hit Wilkins for a 10-yard gain on second down before picking up two more yards on a run up the middle to the 13.
Burrough then lobbed a fade to Wilkins, who leaped over his defender and came down with the ball just inside the near sideline for the acrobatic game-winning score.
Frostburg State, which posted its first three-game winning streak of second-year Head Coach Rubin Stevenson's tenure, opened the game’s scoring when Quisgard booted a 27-yard field goal with 7:46 left in the first quarter, capping a 71-yard, 11-play drive.
Salisbury countered late in the first stanza. Milo Austin’s 15-yard punt return set the Seas Gulls up at the FSU 35, and seven plays later, senior Kevin Belt raced 23 yards on a wide receiver reverse to give SU a 7-3 lead with 1:40 remaining in the quarter.
FSU scored a pair of touchdowns in a span of 1:19 of the second quarter to build a 17-7 cushion.
Senior DeNelle Hale (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar) broke around the left side of the line, shook one defender and outraced another into the end zone for a 40-yard run to put FSU back in front, 10-7, with 5:25 left in the first half.
Sophomore Andrew Siebert (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) then recorded his first career interception on Salisbury's ensuing possession and returned it 31 yards for another score.
Salisbury avoided additional disaster when senior Tony Ellis recovered an errant pitch by sophomore quarterback Todd Keiser at the Sea Gull 9. Bobcat freshman Steve Handshoe (Abingdon, Md./Bel Air) nearly scooped it and had nothing but daylight to the end zone, but Ellis came up with the ball and SU freshman Rick Nistler boomed a 50-yard punt to put the Bobcats their own 33.
Two plays later, Sea Gull junior Foster Epps picked off a Burrough pass and returned it to the FSU 27 with 1:55 left in the half. Four plays later, Jacko drilled a 38-yard field goal to cut the FSU lead to 17-10 at halftime.
Salisbury pulled even at 17 on the first possession of the second half, marching 71 yards in 12 plays. Keiser capped the march with a five-yard dash.
The tie would be short-lived, however, as the Bobcats countered just three plays and exactly 60 seconds later. Burrough broke through the line, ran through several arm tackles and rambled 46 yards into the end zone to give the Bobcats a 24-17 lead with 7:50 left in the third quarter.
Salisbury looked to answer in the waning moments of the period, and Ellis seemed to provide a spark with a 78-run from the SU 6 to the FSU 16. But, a clipping foul negated the gain, and the Gulls were again forced to punt.
The teams then alternated five punts in the fourth quarter before Salisbury tied the game with a 9-play, 37-yard drive that consumed 3:54.
Belt nearly pulled SU even in one play, returning a punt 46 yards before Quisgard made a touchdown-saving tackle at the FSU 37 with 6:30 left.
The Sea Gulls stuck to their ground game and pounded out 17 yards before facing a fourth-and-5 from the FSU 20. Keiser hit senior tight end Jason Stark over the middle to the FSU 8 for the critical first down with 3:55 left, and Ellis ran in three plays later to tie the game at 24.
Hale finished with a game-high 115 yards on the ground, surpassing the 100-yard rushing mark for the sixth time this season.
Burrough completed 17-of-30 passes for 179 yards and threw his 15th touchdown pass of the season, finishing the year just one shy of Jobie Waldt's single-season school record set in 1982.
Wilkins posted 8 catches for a game-high 105 yards.
Sophomore James Plummer (Washington, D.C./Archbishop Carroll) recorded a game-high 14 tackles, including three for loss.
Junior Ronald Luczak (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) added 12 stops, while junior George O'Brien (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) had 10 tackles.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303