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Football Welcomes Widener for Homecoming
10/17/2003

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State will host Widener University in the first-ever meeting between the schools Saturday for Homecoming. The Bobcats (2-2) look to build off of last week’s 42-39 overtime win over Wesley, while the Pioneers (2-3) try to rebound from a heart-breaking 30-29 loss to Albright.

After struggling to put points on the board in its previous two games (27-3 loss to Montclair State and 37-14 loss to Brockport), Frostburg State exploded for 42 points in a thrilling overtime win over Wesley.

FSU took a seemingly comfortable 29-7 cushion with 6:32 left in the third, but Wesley outscored the Bobcats 24-7 the rest of the way, forcing overtime with a 22-yard field as time expired in regulation.

Wesley missed a 29-yard field goal on its overtime possession, and FSU pounded the ball to the five to set up junior Jarred Boehner’s game-winning 22-yard field goal.

It was Boehner’s school-record fourthfield goal of the game.

Senior Ed Kearney enjoyed a stellar performance as well, running for 202 yards and a career-high three touchdowns (55, 8 & 59).

The Bobcats, held to a combined 278 rushing yards in their three previous contests, rolled to a season-high 301 yards on the ground against Wesley.

Widener dropped its second straight nail-biter last week, falling to Albright 30-29. Albright used an 18-yard touchdownpass and extra point with 16 seconds remaining to spoil Widener’s Homecoming.

Widener brings a storied program to Bobcat Stadium. The Pioneers own a rich tradition that consists of two national championships, 11 appearances in the national playoffs (including four trips to the semi- finals) and 16 Middle Atlantic Conference championships.

The Pioneers are 2-3 under first-year head coach David Wood. In the previous three seasons, the Pioneers were 33-4 with appearances in the national semifinals (2000) and national quarterfinals (2001).

This season, Widener has relied on its passing game. Junior Mike Lomas, who completed 27-of-52 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns last week, is 80-of-159 for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns, but he has also thrown 10 interceptions.

Junior Tyreak Saviour has been Lomas’ primary target, hauling in 33 passes for 474 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Jeff Chick (15-197-3) and graduate student Bo Fischer (12-146-2) are also dangerous.

Widener’s ground game has struggled to the tune of 104.6 yards per game. The Pioneers, who were limited to 46 yards on 21 attempts last week, are led by senior Michael Gandy’s 293 yards on 64 carries. Freshman Raymond Keshel has added 213 yards on 46 attempts.

Junior linebacker Nick Rubino paces the Widener defense with 42 tackles, while senior lineman Thomas DeMoss has 37 stops, including five of the Pioneers’ 16 sacks.

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