October 1, 2010

Kean Football Falls to #17 Montclair State, 21-7

More news about: Kean

UNION, N.J. (10/1/10) –Montclair State University scored a pair of first quarter touchdowns en-route to defeating host Kean University, 21-7, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Friday evening.

In a rematch of last season's regular season finale won by the Red Hawks to claim the NJAC title, #17 Montclair State (4-0, 3-0 NJAC) remained undefeated as senior running back Chris D'Andrea tallied 90 yards on 19 carries and quarterback Tom Fischer had a pair of touchdown passes.

For the Cougars (2-2, 2-2 NJAC), senior running back Jay Gwaltney finished with 102 yards rushing.

After the two teams exchanged punts on each of their first possession to start the game, Montclair State senior running back Matt Jimenez opened the next Red Hawk drive with back-to-back 12-yard carries to move the ball into Kean territory.

Jimenez later pushed the Red Hawks into the red zone, and Fischer later completed a 19-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Bobby Roesing on the touchdown reception, as Montclair State took the 7-0 lead midway through the opening quarter following the extra point. 

On the next Cougar drive, the Red Hawks forced the three-and-out and junior Chad Faulcon blocked the ensuing punt, giving Montclair State the ball back at the Kean 34-yard line.  Four plays later after the Cougar defense held Montclair State, the Red Hawks looked to extend the lead to 10 points, however the 45-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right and the Cougars took over at their own 28-yard line. 

The Cougars were unable to get the offense going, as on the second play of the Kean drive, Red Hawk junior cornerback Gary Knoeppel intercepted the Thomas D'Ambrisi pass at the Kean 35-yard line and returned the ball to the endzone to extend the lead to 14-0 with 2:48 remaining in the first quarter after the extra point.

Kean was able to take advantage of the Red Hawk kickoff going out-of-bounds, starting the drive on their own 40-yard line.  A Red Hawk penalty moved the Cougars into Montclair State territory and Gwaltney rushed the ball three times for 15 yards, before D'Ambrisi threaded the pass through the Red Hawk defense to junior Louis Haynes for the seven-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter.

On the third play of the ensuing Montclair State drive, junior safety Jamahl Williams intercepted his fifth pass of the season and returned the ball 18 yards to the Kean 36-yard line.  The Cougars were able to drive the ball down field and had first-and-goal at the Montclair State three-yard line, as D'Ambrisi completed three passes for 35 yards and Gwaltney added 23 yards rushing.  However, the Red Hawks kept the Cougars off the scoreboard when the pass on fourth-down fell incomplete in the endzone.

A Cougar turnover on the opening drive of the second half gave the Red Hawks the ball in Kean territory, but the Cougar defense would keep it a one touchdown deficit by forcing Montclair State to kick the 43-yard field goal that missed wide left. 

Kean was forced to punt on their next possession and Montclair State junior Dan Keegan set up the final Red Hawk touchdown with a 37-yard return to the Kean 26-yard line.  Two plays later, Fischer completed the 24-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Byron Lewin for the two touchdown lead midway through the third quarter. 

The Cougars were able to get back inside the red zone on their next drive, however a fumble gave the ball back to the Red Hawks with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. 

In the final quarter, Kean sophomore Brett Yajcaji intercepted the Fischer pass at midfield and returned the ball to the 35-yard line.  However, the Cougars were unable to move the chains and turned the ball back over to the Red Hawks on downs with just over two minutes remaining.

In the victory, Jimenez finished with 11 carries for 46 yards and Lewin made two receptions for 40 yards.  Fischer completed 6-of-14 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns. 

For the Cougars, Haynes had a career-best 10 receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown, while D'Ambrisi completed 16-of-30 passes for 136 yards after missing last week's game against Buffalo State College with an injury.

Defensively, junior cornerback Kevin Cloghessy made a team-high seven tackles and had one fumble recovery, while senior outside linebacker Ed Kirschenbaum finished with six tackles ,one pass break-up and one quarterback hurry.

Kean linebackers Bekim Bujari and Jerelle Peay made eight and seven tackles, respectively, while senior Victor D'Arrigo and junior Ray Wegrzynek each made five solo tackles.

The Cougars return to action on Saturday, October 9, when they face Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.  Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
Final
at Bridgewater State 34, Fitchburg State 25
Box Score
Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
Box Score Recap
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
Box Score
Final
MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
Box Score
Final
at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
Box Score Recap
Final
at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
Box Score
Final
St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
Box Score
Final
at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
Box Score
Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
Box Score Recap
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Western New England 59, Curry 28
Box Score
Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Colby 9, at Williams 7
Box Score Photos
Final
at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
Box Score
Final
at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
Box Score
Final
Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
Box Score
Final
at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
Box Score
Final
at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
Box Score
Final
at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
Box Score
Final
at Springfield 28, WPI 23
Box Score Recap
Final
at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Denison 45, Wooster 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
Box Score
Final
at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
Box Score Recap
Final
at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
Final
at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
Box Score Recap
Final
at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
Box Score Photos
Final
at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
Final
at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
Box Score
Final
Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
Box Score Photos
Final
Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
Box Score
Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
Box Score
Final
at Centre 49, Chicago 27
Box Score
Final
at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
Box Score Recap
Final
Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
Box Score
Final
at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
Box Score Photos
Final
Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
Box Score
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
Box Score
Final
at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
Box Score
Final
at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
Box Score
Final
Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
Box Score Photos
Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
Box Score Photos
Final
Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
Box Score
Final
at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
Box Score Photos
Final
at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
Box Score
Final
Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
Box Score
Final
at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
Box Score Recap
Final
Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
Box Score
Final
at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
Final
Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
Final
Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
Box Score
Final
Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
Final
at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
Box Score
Final
at Ripon 33, Knox 19
Final
Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
Final
UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
Box Score
Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
Box Score Recap
Final
at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
Final
UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
Box Score
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
Box Score
Final
UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
Final
Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
Box Score
Final
at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
Box Score
Final
at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
Photos
Cancelled
Langston at McMurry
Video Live Stats
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
Box Score Recap
Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
Box Score Recap
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
Box Score Recap
Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
Box Score Recap
Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
Box Score
Final
UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
Box Score
Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
Box Score Recap
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap