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Fourth-Quarter Rally Lifts Football Past Westminster
11/02/2002

CUMBERLAND, MD — Junior Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to junior Roy Olson (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) with 3:28 remaining, as Frostburg State rallied past Westminster, 24-17, Saturday afternoon at Greenway Avenue Stadium.

Westminster (5-3) controlled the first half of play, building a 14-3 halftime lead behind a strong ground attack and efficient passing game.

On just the fourth play of the game, Titan junior Mike Cubellis intercepted a tipped pass by Burrough to set Westminster up at the Frostburg State 41. The visitors then needed just five plays to find the end zone as junior fullback Ryan Mitchell ran in from 15 yards out to give WC an early 7-0 lead.

Frostburg State (5-3), which was playing its first game at Greenway Avenue Stadium since downing Wesley, 37-0, September 16, 1989, responded on its next possession. Starting at their own 20, the Bobcats moved to the Titan 4-yard line before settling for a 22-yard field goal by sophomore Jarred Boehner (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland).

Westminster looked to add to its 7-3 lead in the second quarter and drove to the FSU 13-yard line, but Bobcat junior linebacker A.B. Wilson (LaVale, Md./Allegany) thwarted the scoring opportunity by intercepting a tipped pass in the end zone and returning the ball to the FSU 17 with 2:56 left in the half.

The Titans regained possession at midfield with 1:53 to play, and junior Matt Robison led his squad 51 yards in six plays. After completing passes of 25 and 14 yards, he rolled right and raced into the end zone from 16 yards out to give WC a 14-3 lead at the break.

After allowing 203 total yards in the first half, the Bobcat defense came out strong after intermission, stuffing WC on its first possession. The FSU offense came to life on the ensuing drive as the Bobcats threw 10 straight times in an impressive 77-yard scoring march.

Burrough hit six of his 10 attempts, including a 16-yard pass to Olson on third-and-10 from the Westminster 45. After a 22-yard pass to junior Anthony Long (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley), Burrough found Olson again, this time from seven yards out to bring the Bobcats to within four, 14-10.

FSU took its first lead of the afternoon midway through the fourth behind another drive fueled by Burrough's passing. The Bobcats needed just 2:23 to march 78 yards in nine plays, and Burrough found sophomore Adam J. Snyder (Scott dale, Pa./South Moreland) in the back corner of the end zone for a 14-yard scoring strike that gave the Bobcats a 17-14 advantage.

Westminster appeared poised to move back in front when it moved to the FSU 4-yard line with 6:00 to play, but the FSU defense stopped Titan sophomore Scott Froelich at the 1-yard line and forced an incomplete pass on third down. The Titans settled for Josh Simpson's 19-yard field goal to forge a 17-17 tie with 5:43 left.

However, the Titans had no answer for Burrough and the Bobcat passing attack. Starting from his 26-yard line, Burrough picked apart the Titan secondary with an eight-play, 74-yard march.

Senior Aaron Deeb (Baltimore, Md./Rockville) snared a 15-yard pass to spark the drive, and Burrough connected with Long for 16 yards and Olson for 17 more to set FSU up at the WC 26.

The Bobcats moved to the Titan 9-yard line with 4:00 remaining, and, following a Westminster timeout, Olson took a short pass from Burrough and rolled into the end zone for the winning score.

Westminster had two more possessions, but the FSU defense came through each time. Bobcat freshman Josh Morris (Freeland, Md./Hereford) recorded his first career interception at the FSU 46 with 2:39 left, and senior Allen Jordan (Edgewood, Md./Edgewood) put the finishing touches on the game with a sack on the final play.

Burrough, who was 23-of-40 for 288 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, finished 28-of-51 for 346 yards. Snyder and Olson each posted 91 receiving yards, while junior Tim Pearson (Baltimore, Md./Lake Clifton) gained a team-high 52 rushing yards on nine attempts.

The Bobcat defense turned in an outstanding second-half performance, limiting the Titans to just 105 total yards in the final two quarters.

Froelich, who entered the game ranked sixth in Division III with 150.4 rushing yards per game, was held to just 77 yards, including only 19 in the second half.

Jordan posted a game-high 12 tackles, including seven for loss and two sacks, while seniors Ronald Luczak (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) and David Lightner (Cherry Tree, Pa./Purchase Line) each posted 10 stops. Wilson added nine tackles and two interceptions.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday when they visit Waynesburg for a 1:00 pm contest.

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