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Football Outlasts Wesley in Overtime Thriller

DOVER, DE - Junior Jarred Boehner (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland) kicked a 22-yard field goal on Frostburg State's first possession of overtime to lift the Bobcats to a 42-39 win over host Wesley in a thrilling Atlantic Central Football Conference contest Saturday at Wolverine Stadium.

Boehner's game-winning kick was the last of his school-record four field goals on the day. He also hit from 34, 36 and 28 yards and converted all four of his extra point attempts.

The Bobcats (2-2, 2-0 ACFC) looked to be in control of the game, taking a 29-7 lead on Boehner's 36-yard field goal with 6:32 left in the third and holding a 32-15 cushion after Boehner hit a 28-yarder with 14:43 left in regulation.

However, Wesley (2-3, 0-1) mounted a furious comeback, outscoring FSU 24-7 the rest of the way to pull even at 39.

The Wolverines, who rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to down Carnegie Mellon 47-28 last week, scored 21 straight points to take a 36-32 lead with 4:47 left.

Freshman Omar Muhammad began the spurt by racing in from eight yards out with 11:56 to play.

Redshirt-freshman Chris Warrick then tossed a nine-yard scoring strike to junior Josh Kline with 9:30 remaining before hitting Muhammad with an eight-yard touchdown pass with 4:47 left to give the Wolverines their first lead of the day.

However, Frostburg State moved back in front as senior Edward Kearney (Bel Air, Md./Calvert) broke through the line and raced 59 yards to give the Bobcats a 39-36 edge with 2:38 remaining.

Kearney, who entered the game with just 11 carries for 16 yards over FSU's first three games, carried 21 times for 202 yards and a career-high three touchdowns on the afternoon.

However, Wesley forced the extra session when sophomore Chris Carlton booted a 22-yard field goal as time expired in regulation.

The Bobcats won the overtime coin flip and elected to play defense first, and the move worked to perfection. Wesley drove to the FSU five but a fumble pushed the Wolverines back to the 26. Two plays later, Carlton missed a 29-yard field goal attempt.

FSU turned to its ground attack on the ensuing possession, pounding the ball to the five to set up Boehner's game-winning kick.

The Bobcats, who entered the game averaging just 15.0 points and 257.3 yards over its first three games, looked impressive in the first half, building a 26-7 lead at the break.

Junior Mike Kitchen (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon) opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run on the first possession of the game, but Wesley countered on its initial turn as Keith Holland capped an 87-yard drive with a two-yard plunge.

FSU used a 19-0 second quarter to pull away. Kearney ripped off touchdown runs of 55 and eight yards, and junior D.J. Hetrick (Keyser, W.Va./Keyser) blocked a Wesley punt and the ball rolled through the back of the end zone for a safety.

After the Bobcats returned the ensuing free kick deep into Wolverine territory, Boehner nailed a 34-yard field goal as time expired in the half.

The teams combined for 914 yards of offense — 510 by Wesley and 404 by Frostburg State. The Bobcats outgained the Wolverines 301-222 on the ground, butthe hosts won the air battle, 288-103.

Sophomore Scott MacGregor (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) paced the FSU defense with a career-high 13 tackles, while freshman Vincent Thomas (Upper Marlboro, Md./C.H. Flowers) and junior Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) added 11 stops each.

Frostburg State, which committed 15 penalties for 122 yards, improved to 9-2 all-time versus Wesley. The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, October 18 when they host Widener for Homecoming beginning at 1:00 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