September 17, 2011

Frostburg Hands Utica First Loss of the Young Season

More news about: Utica

Frostburg 44, Utica 24 - Box Score

Frostburg, Md. (9/17/2011) - Frostburg State outscored visiting Utica College 28-10 in the second half and racked up 462 total yards of offense as the Bobcats earned a 44-24 Empire 8 Conference victory Saturday afternoon. Frostburg, making its conference debut this season, handed the Pioneers (2-1, 0-1 Empire 8) their first loss of the season. 

"Frostburg was very tough up front today and we had a hard time stopping the run," said Head Coach Blaise Faggiano

Junior Jake Larson tallied his second TD of the season

of the Bobcats 220 yards on the ground.  "Their success on the ground helped them control the time of possession, and we had a few costly penalties and turnovers in the second half that led to touchdowns on the other end."

Frostburg (2-1, 1-1 Empire 8) amassed 220 yards on the ground compared to the Pioneers 75, and the Bobcats controlled the time of possession, holding the ball on offense for 39 minutes in the 60 minute contest.  UC struggled on third down for the second consecutive week, converting on just 4-of-12 third down attempts.

Both teams opened the contest by exchanging touchdowns as UC's Jake Larson and Anthony Acevedo provided the scoring for the visitors.  Larson's one yard plunge tied the contest at 7-7 with 4:37 to go in the first quarter, while Acevedo's season-long 66 yard touchdown grab knotted the score at 14-14 four minutes into the second quarter.  Acevedo finished the day with a team-best 110 yards on five catches, while junior  quarterback Andrew Benkwitt completed 15-of-31 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns. 

With the score tied at 14-14 late in the second quarter, Frostburg punter Zach Tuckmantel put the Pioneers in a tough spot when he directed a punt that went out of bounds at the Utica three yard line.  Two plays later the Bobcats stuffed Utica's Jake Larson for a safety to give Frostburg at 16-14 advantage at the half.  

The home team opened up the second half with a six-play, 59 yard scoring drive to give Frostburg a 23-14 lead midway through the third quarter.  Frostburg back up running back JD Hook, who turned in a career day, plunged in the one yard touchdown to cap Frostburg's third scoring drive of the contest.  Hook finished the day with a career-best 184 yards on 38 carries.  Hook also totaled two rushing touchdowns as the Bobcats earned their first Empire 8 Conference victory in program-history.  

Two drives later the Pioneers' answered with a Seth Mitchell field goal late in the third quarter to pull Utica to within six points of the lead, 23-17.  The 47-yarder marked a career-best for Mitchell.  The two teams exchanged touchdowns to open the fourth quarter, with sophomore Jamie Murphy catching his third touchdown of the season for UC as Frostburg maintained its six point advantage, 30-24, with 12:17 left in regulation. Murphy, who is the College's reigning male athlete of the week, caped the day with five catches for 50 yards. 

With Frostburg up by six, with 8:16 to go, the Pioneers fumbled a punt on their own one yard line and the Bobcats jumped on

Junior linebacker Nate Stewart made a career-best 12 tackles

the ball, leading to a one yard rushing touchdown on the ensuing possession to give Frostburg a commanding 37-24 lead mid-way through the fourth quarter. 

That proved to be the back breaker for the previously undefeated Pioneers.  The Bobcats would tack on one more rushing touchdown before the end of the contest to secure the 20 point victory. 

Utica junior linebacker Nate Stewart led the Utica defense with a career-high 12 tackles, while junior safety Luke Manolescu added a career-best 11 stops.  Five different Pioneers tallied at least ten tackles on the day, including Eric Rindo, Genaro Scampone and Dana Christofferson.  Scampone, a junior captain, was seeing his first action since going down with a knee injury in week one at St. Lawrence.

Josh Volpe completed 17-of-27 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns for the Bobcats. 

The Pioneers will now have two weeks to rest due to a bye next weekend, before returning home on Oct. 1 to take on nationally-ranked No. 24 Salisbury in an Empire 8 Conference contest at 1:30 p.m. For those who cannot make it out to the contest, you can follow all the action through live video, audio and stats at www.ucpioneers.com.

                                                                                --- www.ucpioneers.com ---

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