September 24, 2011

Bears' Comeback Falls Short in 28-20 Loss to Framingham

More news about: Bridgewater State

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The Framingham State University defense stopped the Bridgewater State University Bears on a fourth down with 1:29 remaining in the game to preserve a 28-20 victory in New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division action in Framingham on Homecoming and Family Weekend.

With the win the Rams even their record at 2-2 on the year and 1-0 in the division, while the Bears suffer their first loss and are 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the Bogan Division.

The Rams jumped out to a 21-0 first half lead on a pair of touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Matt Silva (Dracut, Mass.) to senior wide out James McCarthy (Newton, Mass.).  The first Silva to McCarthy connection – a 6-yard strike - came with 4:03 remaining in the first quarter and the second – a 12-yard pass that McCarthy broke a tackle to reach the end zone – came with 7:22 remaining in the second.

The third Rams touchdown came after the Rams defense forced a turnover setting up the offense with a short field.  Sophomore linebacker Patrick McGrath (Everett, Mass.) stripped the ball from BSU quarterback Mike McCarthy (Edgartown, Mass.) and junior defensive back Tyrone Notice (Lawrence, Mass.) scooped the loose ball and returned it all the way to the BSU 30-yard line.

The Rams lost yardage on their first three attempts from the 30 and faced a fourth and 12, but Silva scrambled to avoid pressure and completed a 22-yard pass to Jared Gauthier (Dracut, Mass.) to keep the drive alive.  Three plays later freshman quarterback Al Krasco (Medford, Mass.) scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 2-yard quarterback keeper.

The Rams amassed 300 yards of total offense in the first half to just 44 yards for the Bears including a 176-6 advantage on the ground.

Trailing 21-0 to start the second half, Bridgewater State took the kickoff and drove 53 yards on seven plays for their first score of the game.  McCarthy rushed for 24 yards and senior running back Justin Fuller (Berkley, Mass.) rushed for 19 yards to fuel the drive that was capped by a 7-yard fade in the back corner of the end zone from McCarthy to Matt Monahan (Wrentham, Mass.).

The Rams defense came up with another turnover, an interception by Notice, to set up the Rams final touchdown of the game.  Notice intercepted McCarthy at the Bears 29-yard line and returned it nine yards.  A Melikke Van Alstyne (Salem, Mass.) rush picked up two yards on first down, but a pair of incompletions put the Rams in a third and long.  Krasco picked up the first down on a 9-yard keeper and Van Alstyne took over from there rushing twice to move the ball down to the three yard line and eventually punching it in from three yards out with his first touchdown of the game.

Bridgewater State would cut the Rams lead to one possession with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. McCarthy scored on a 5-yard run with 10:49 remaining to close the gap to 28-14.  After a Bears interception with 7:38 on the clock, Fuller capped a 10 play 64 yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:40 remaining.

The Bears defense forced a three and out and, after the Rams punt, had a chance to tie as they regained possession with 2:57 remaining and no timeouts.  Facing a fourth and five McCarthy completed an 18-yard pass to Chris Constantine (Hingham, Mass.) giving the Bears a new set of downs near midfield.  After a pair of incompletions, McCarthy converted a 19-yard pass to Constantine at the Framingham 34-yard line on third down. After a 2-yard rush by McCarthy and a pair of incompletions the Bears faced a decisive fourth down with 1:29 left.  The Rams defense came after McCarthy and forced a fumble which was batted backwards by several players before eventually being fallen on by a Bear.  The Bears turned the ball over on downs and the Rams were able to take a knee and secure the victory.

Van Alstyne finished the game with 165 yards on 30 carries with a score as he was named the 2011 recipient of the Calder Award which is presented annually at Homecoming in memory of former Ram John Calder.  Silva finished the game with 122 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns to go along with 49 yards rushing on nine carries.   Krasco rushed for 40 yards on nine carries with a touchdown, but struggled throwing the ball completing just 2 of 7.

McCarthy finished the game 13 of 32 for 141 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Bears, while being sacked three times.  Constantine caught four balls for 70 yards, while Fuller also had four receptions and rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown.

The Rams defense was led by Mark Nunes (Taunton, Mass.) who picked up 11 tackles and two pass breakups, while McGrath finished with nine tackles, one for a loss, and a forced fumble.

Senior defensive tackle Mike Nazzaro (Boxford, Mass.) led the Bears with 11 tackles while junior linebacker Chris Chamberlin (South Easton, Mass.) added ten.

The Rams return to action next Saturday as they travel to Massachusetts Maritime Academy for a noon kickoff, while the Bears host Westfield State on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 18: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Christopher Newport at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
Sep. 19: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Framingham State at Fitchburg State
Live Stats Video
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
TBA
TBA at Emory and Henry
12:00 PM
RPI at Castleton State
Live Stats Video Tickets
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at Massachusetts Maritime
Live Stats Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Gallaudet at Rochester
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Alfred State at Husson
Preview Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Randolph-Macon
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Moravian at Johns Hopkins
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Utica
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Alfred at Buffalo State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Newport News Apprentice at Catholic
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Becker at Nichols
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wesleyan at Middlebury
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Worcester State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hamilton at Tufts
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Bates at Amherst
Preview Live Stats
1:00 PM
Colby at Trinity (Conn.)
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Salve Regina at William Paterson
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Stevenson
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Allegheny at Hiram
Live Stats Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Merchant Marine
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at St. Vincent
Preview Video
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Thiel
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Ursinus at Franklin and Marshall
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Endicott at Kean
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Coast Guard at Hampden-Sydney
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Averett
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Albright at Widener
Live Stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Hobart at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
LaGrange at Greensboro
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Dickinson
Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rowan at Wesley
Live Stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Misericordia
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Juniata at Gettysburg
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Lincoln (Pa.) at Montclair State
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wabash at Denison
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Bethany at Westminster (Pa.)
1:00 PM
Mount Ida at Springfield
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Hartwick at Ithaca
Live Stats
1:00 PM
WPI at Norwich
Live Stats Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Minnesota-Morris
1:00 PM
Huntingdon at Methodist
Video Video
1:30 PM
Ohio Northern at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Capital
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Franklin at Anderson
Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at John Carroll
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
King's at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Geneva at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Muskingum
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Defiance
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Earlham at Manchester
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Bowdoin at Williams
Video
2:00 PM
Muhlenberg at McDaniel
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at TCNJ
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Marietta at Otterbein
Audio
2:00 PM
Hope at Lakeland
Audio
2:00 PM
Olivet at Aurora
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Trine at Rockford
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Albion at Concordia (Wis.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
North Park at Washington U.
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Wisconsin Lutheran
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at Wheaton (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio Tickets
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Bethel
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Augsburg at Carleton
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hamline at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Stetson at Birmingham-Southern
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Sul Ross State
Audio
2:00 PM
Occidental at Austin
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Central
2:00 PM
Grinnell at Luther
Video
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at Coe
Audio
2:00 PM
Eureka at Greenville
2:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Loras at Augustana
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Louisiana College
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Simpson
Live Stats Video
2:30 PM
Rose-Hulman at Hanover
Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
Plymouth State at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
3:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Wayland Baptist
Live Stats Audio
3:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whittier
Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
Willamette at Cal Lutheran
Live Stats
3:30 PM
Alma at Concordia-Chicago
3:30 PM
Carroll at Lake Forest
Live Stats Video
3:30 PM
Whitworth at La Verne
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Westfield State at Mass-Dartmouth
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
Crown at St. Scholastica
Live Stats Live Stats Video
6:00 PM
DePauw at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video Audio
6:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Brockport State
Audio Tickets
6:00 PM
UW-River Falls at South Dakota Mines
7:00 PM
Guilford at Southern Virginia
@ Salem Stadium
Live Stats Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Wooster at Oberlin
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Ferrum at Shenandoah
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Centre at Washington and Lee
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Kenyon at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Wilkes at Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Pacific at Dubuque
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
UW-Platteville at North Central (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Chicago at Elmhurst
Preview Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at UW-La Crosse
7:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at South Dakota State
Live Stats Video Audio
7:30 PM
Adrian at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
UW-Stout at Wartburg
Audio
8:00 PM
Martin Luther at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Southwestern at East Texas Baptist
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
10:00 PM
Rhodes at Pomona-Pitzer
Preview Live Stats Video
10:00 PM
Linfield at Redlands
Live Stats Video Audio
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Brockport State
Audio Tickets
6:00 PM
DePauw at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
UW-Stout at Wartburg
Audio
7:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at South Dakota State
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
UW-Platteville at North Central (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at UW-La Crosse
10:00 PM
Linfield at Redlands
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at TCNJ
Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Muskingum
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at John Carroll
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
King's at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rowan at Wesley
Live Stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Coast Guard at Hampden-Sydney
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Wabash at Denison
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Thiel
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Hartwick at Ithaca
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hobart at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Moravian at Johns Hopkins
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Bethel
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at Wheaton (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio Tickets
2:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Simpson
Live Stats Video

What We're Reading