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Football Visits Wesley for ACFC Showdown
10/10/2003

FROSTBURG, MD - Frostburg State looks to snap its two-game losing skid in a key Atlantic Central Football Conference showdown with Wesley Saturday afternoon at the Wesley Athletic Complex.

The two teams have split all four official ACFC titles — the Bobcats won crowns in 1999 & 2002, while the Wolverines claimed back-to-back titles in 2000 & 2001.

Frostburg State (1-2), which owns an 8-2 lead in the all-time series, looks to get back on track after a much-needed bye week following a pair of disappointing losses to Montclair State (27-3) and Brockport (37-14).

The Bobcats are averaging just 15.0 points and 257.3 yards per game this season after compiling 32.0 points and 432.5 yards per outing in 2002. FSU has yet to score a point in the first quarter this season.

Junior Mike Kitchen (41 rushes, 148 yards) and sophomore Matt Swanke (26-136-1) pace the FSU ground attack.

Senior Grant Burrough is 54-of-92 for 494 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He needs just 223 passing yards to become FSU's all-time leader, surpassing Jobie Waldt's record of 5,625 yards.

Burrough, who has been sacked seven times already after being brought down only 11 times in 11 games in 2002, has completed passes to 13 different players this season. Junior Adam J. Snyder is Burrough's favorite target with 13 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Jason McLaughlin has eight catches for 82 yards and a team-high two scores.

Junior Kevin Culbert leads the FSU defensive charge with 26 tackles, including 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a blocked kick and a safety.

After back-to-back blowout losses to Ferrum (24-6) and Rowan (30-0) to open the season, Wesley has rebounded to win its last two contests. The Wolverines blanked Kean, 31-0, and rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to defeat Carnegie Mellon 47-28 last weekend.

CMU opened leads of 14-0 and 21-7 thanks to three Wesley turnovers, but Wolverine quarterback Chris Warrick, who was 7-of-13 with three interceptions in the first half, caught fire after halftime. He tossed touchdown passes on each of Wesley’s first four possessions of the second half en route to finishing 17-of-28 for 173 yards with four TDs and three interceptions.

Freshmen running backs Omar Muhammad and Keith Holland also helped fuel the comeback, combining for 392 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Holland ran 23 times for 187 yards, including a 70-yard score in the second quarter, and Muhammad rushed 17 times for 205 yards in the second half, scoring on runs of 63 and 53 yards late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Wesley gained 372 of its 545 yards on the ground but allowed 217 rushing yards to CMU as well.

For the season, Holland has carried 38 times for 253 yards (6.7 ypc) and two touchdowns, while Muhammad has added 24 carries for 214 yards (8.9 ypc) and a pair of scores.

Warrick is 50-of-109 for 578 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. His favorite target is James Lowe, who leads the team with 21 catches and 287 yards and is tied for the lead with two scores.

Tight end Josh Kline (11-144-1) and Muhammad (10-103-0) are also big threats.

Holland is averaging 32.1 yards per kickoff return and owns an 85-yard return for touchdown this season, while Curtis Gore has compiled 12.8 yards per punt return.

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