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Football Falls to Allegheny, 40-13

FROSTBURG, MD – Allegheny senior Shane Ream ran for 142 yards and tied a school record with five touchdowns to lead the Gators to a 40-13 win over host Frostburg State Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium.

Ream, who showed no ill-effects of an injury that sidelined him the previous two weeks, set school career records for scoring (354), rushing touchdowns (55) and all-purpose yards (4,072). His five rushing touchdowns and 30 points also tied single-game school marks.

The teams battled through a scoreless first quarter before Allegheny scored three times in the second stanza. Ream opened the scoring on a one-yard dive with 12:11 remaining in the half, capping a nine-play, 53-yard drive following a fumble by FSU senior tight end Andrew Dinbokowitz (Elkton, Md./North East).

The Gators (4-3) regained possession later in the second half when Aaron Polack's bouncing punt hit Frostburg State sophomore Derell Quick (Clinton, Md./McNamara) and was recovered by junior Joe Cowart. Five plays later, Ream found the end zone from two yards out to give Allegheny a 14-0 lead.

The visitors built a 21-0 advantage less than three minutes later when sophomore Brian Woods hauled in a pass from sophomore Bubba Smith at the FSU 20 and weaved through traffic for a 42-yard touchdown. Smith finished the day 22-of-30 for 257 yards and one touchdown.

The Bobcats (2-4), who managed just nine rushing yards and 191 yards of total offense on the day, got on the board in the third quarter.

Senior Kurtus Ormberg (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) recovered a Smith fumble at the Allegheny 28, and three plays later, sophomore Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) connected with junior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo), who made a nice diving catch in the left side of the end zone to pull the Bobcats to within 21-7 with 11:32 remaining in the quarter.

The teams then exchanged punts before Ream put the finishing touches on an 11-play, 74-yard march with another one-yard plunge with 5:34 left in the quarter. Ream's two-point conversion run failed, and the Gators led, 27-7.

The Bobcats closed to within 27-13 when Wilkins hauled in a 24-yard scoring pass from Burrough with five seconds left in the third quarter, capping a nine-play, 91-yard drive. FSU was helped by pass interference and two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Allegheny in succession during the march.

Ream completed his record-setting day with fourth-quarter scoring runs of four and 17 yards.

Allegheny, which boasted the nation's second-ranked rushing offense and top-ranked rushing defense, lived up to its billing, gaining 246 of its 503 total yards on the ground.

The Gators held Bobcat senior DeNelle Hale (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar), who entered the game averaging 125.2 rushing yards per game, to just 17 yards on 17 carries.

The teams combined for 17 penalties, 14 punts and 10 fumbles, of which six were lost.

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, October 27 when they visit Newport News Apprentice in an Atlantic Central Football Conference game 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

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780