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Football Falls to Montclair State in Home Opener

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State opened its 2003 home schedule with a 27-3 loss to Montclair State on Sunday afternoon. It was FSU's lowest point total in seven years. The game, which was moved from Saturday to Sunday due to rain storms from Hurricane Isabel, was decided by six costly Bobcat turnovers.

The troubles began on the opening play as FSU sophomore Matt Swanke (Baltimore, Md/Lansdowne) fumbled the kickoff and Montclair State recovered at the Bobcat 25-yard line. The Frostburg State defense held and forced a 43-yard field goal attempt that Red Hawk freshman Vincent Doffont pushed wide right.

Montclair State (1-1) took the lead late in the first quarter on a six-play, 77-yard touchdown drive that was topped off by junior Eugene Vick's one-yard touchdown run.

Red Hawk sophomore quarterback John DiGirolamo led the way as he went 3-for-3 passing for 72 yards on the drive.

Frostburg State (1-1) seemed to be rolling in the second quarter as its defense caused four Red Hawk turnovers.

The first came when junior Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) sacked DiGirolamo, forcing a fumble that Culbert recovered at the MSU 34-yard line. It was the first of three sacks by Culbert on the day.

The Bobcat offense moved the ball all the way down to the 16-yard line until a false start penalty and a Grant Burrough (Bel Air, Md./C.M. Wright) interception halted the drive.

Three plays later, DiGirolamo hooked up with receiver Steve Armstrong on an 85-yard touchdown pass to give Montclair State a 13-0 lead.

After a stalled Bobcat drive, senior linebacker Andy Wilson (La Vale, Md./Allegany) intercepted a DiGirolamo pass and returned it 33 yards to the Red Hawks 28, but the FSU offense was again unable to get untracked.

An interception by junior Adam L. Snyder (Jessup, Md./Howard) on MSU's next drive finally resulted in Bobcat points as junior Nick Quisgard (Baltimore, Md/John Carroll) converted a 42-yard field goal.

Culbert then forced his second fumble of the day which was recovered by the Bobcats at the Montclair 18-yard line with 33 seconds left in the half.

FSU moved to the Red Hawk six but was forced to attempt a 23-yard field goal that was blocked by Montclair State to end the first half.

The Red Hawk defense continued to frustrate the Bobcats forcing three second-half turnovers.

MSU capitalized on the first miscue, turning a Bobcat fumble into points right away. The Red Hawks needed only one play, a 14-yard strike from DiGirolamo to Steve Wisniewski, to take a 20-3 lead.

Frostburg State, which made a valiant comeback attempt from a 30-13 fourth-quarter deficit in a 30-27 loss to the Red Hawks last season, looked for a similar rally, but it was not to be.

Burrough was intercepted by Derrick Morrison who returned the ball 60 yards for a touchdown to complete the scoring on the day.

Burrough, who was completed 22-of-43 passes for 162 yards, broke two more FSU passing records as he surpassed Jobie Waldt for career completions (435) and attempts (812) in the loss.

Junior running back Mike Kitchen (Lebanon, Pa/Lebanon Valley) led the Bobcat offense with 71 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Frostburg State returns to action on Saturday, September 27th when it travels to Brockport, N.Y. for a match-up with nationally ranked SUNY-Brockport at 1:30 pm.

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