Football falls to Frostburg State in Regents Cup

Football falls to Frostburg State in Regents Cup

FROSTBURG, Md. - The Salisbury University football team went on the road to take on New Jersey Athletic Conference foe, Frostburg State University in the 18th annual Regents Cup matchup and fell to the Bobcats, 21-17, on Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats (9-1, 8-1 NJAC) struck first on the first possession of the game as they worked 64 yards down the field for the score. The drive was capped by a Connor Cox 12-yard pass that found Aaron Turner for the score. Following the point after, the Bobcats had an early 7-0 lead.

The teams went on to trade punts and keep the other side at bay as after the Bobcats' opening drive, there was only one first down the rest of the opening quarter.

Like the Bobcats struck early in the first, the Gulls (7-3, 6-3 NJAC) did their own early work in the second quarter.

Receiving the ball just seven seconds into the quarter the Gulls scored on their first play from scrimmage. Ryan Jones found Aarron Moore for an 84-yard touchdown pass to tie things up, 7-7.

With time winding down in the opening half, the Bobcats would tack on another score. Cox found Christian Dipaola cutting across the middle for a 21-yard touchdown with 1:18 to go before the half. The late score put the Bobcats up, 14-7 headed into halftime.

In the first half, the Gulls had accumulated 145 passing yards and 49 yards on the ground. The 145 yards in the air is the first time the Gulls have gone for over 100 yards passing in a half this season. Also, the 11 pass attempts in the first half was the most pass attempts in a half all season. The most pass attempts in an entire game prior to Saturday was 12.

At game's end, Jones posted a 6-for-18 mark, while Brandon Lewis added an attempt for a season-high 19 passing attempts.

Salisbury got to chipping away at the Frostburg lead late in the third quarter. It seemed as if the Bobcats has stalled the Salisbury offense and the Gulls sent out Timothy Steindl  to punt. The junior put a great boot inside the Bobcat 15-yard line that was muffed and recovered by Ryan Kolb.

The extended possession led to a 25-yard field goal from Alex Potocko to bring the Sea Gulls to within 14-10.

After a couple big defensive stands - forcing a pair of three-and-out possessions by the Bobcats - the Sea Gulls got out to their first lead of the game. Jones looked as if he was running the option to the left side before tossing a pitch to Sean Rowland who came from the left side of the field and jetted to the right for an end around. The Salisbury blockers had sealed off the right edge and Rowland's speed did the rest as he went 45 yards for the score. The touchdown and following extra point put the Gulls up 17-14 with 10:15 left in the fourth quarter.

With the 45-yard rush, Rowland was the Gulls' leading rusher as Frostburg held the nation's leading rush offense to 153 yards on the ground on 41 carries (3.7 yards-per attempt).

The game-winning drive from the Bobcats started with 4:22 left to play and they scored on a Russell Neverdon 14-yard touchdown catch with just over one minute to play.

Patrick Bernardo and Andre Boone led the Salisbury defense as Bernardo had eight tackles, while Boone accounted for seven.

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