UNION, N.J. – The 10th-ranked Salisbury University football team picked up a 65-16 win on Saturday over the Kean Cougars in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) matchup to remain unbeaten.
Final Score: Salisbury 65, Kean 16
Records: Salisbury (6-0, 4-0 NJAC) | Kean (2-5, 1-3 NJAC)
Location: Alumni Stadium – Union, N.J.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After forcing a Kean three-and-out to open the game, Michael Fowler opened the scoring for Salisbury with a 10-yard touchdown run.
- Kean responded with a 26-yard field goal from Logan Matthews to cut the Salisbury lead to 7-3.
- On the next Kean drive, Sam Pavlick forced a Jessey Azare fumble at the Kean 30-yard line, the ball was recovered by Josh Adewumi and returned for a 21-yard touchdown to push Salisbury lead up to 14-3 near the end of the first quarter.
- On the first Salisbury offensive series of the quarter after a 25-yard punt return by Chad Gleason and a personal foul penalty put Salisbury on the Kean 10-yard line to start the drive, Bert Schrecongost would nail a 30-yard field goal to extend Salisbury's lead to 17-3.
- After a Kean missed field goal and four plays after a 32-yard run by Fowler, Gleason would bookend the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run in the middle part of the second quarter.
- Hunter Cleaver would score back-to-back touchdowns in the latter parts of the second. Jack Lanham would connect with Cleaver for a 55-yard touchdown catch. After another long punt return by Gleason, Cleaver scampered past the goal line from 20-yards out to put Salisbury ahead 38-3 heading into halftime.
- Lanham would find Octavion Wilson to open the second half with a 13-yard touchdown reception.
- Kean would find themselves deep in Salisbury territory on their first drive of the second half. Looking to get their first touchdown of the game, Sam Pagella would intercept Anthony Broccoletti's pass and return it 85 yards for mark 45 unanswered points for Salisbury.
- Tyrae Taylor would score Kean's first touchdown of the game with 4:28 left in the third on a one-yard quarterback sneak. However, the extra point was blocked by Joseph Manso.
- Salisbury responded quickly with a 75-yard kick return by Troy Garrett to allow the Sea Gulls to start their drive in the Kean red-zone. Raekwon McCarter would put Salisbury back up 49 points, 58-9, with just over a minute left in the quarter.
- Jacob Philip extended Salisbury's lead to 65-9 on their first possession of the fourth on a 13-yard touchdown run.
- Tyrae Taylor and Paris Crawford would cut the Salisbury lead back to 65-16 but Salisbury would run out the rest of the clock after a Marcus Pendleton 40-yard run.
- Salisbury gained 409 yards of total offense and tallied 21 first downs.
- 13 different players carried the ball for Salisbury. Marcus Pendleton (48 yards), Michael Fowler (46 yards) and Chad Gleason (45 yards) all notched over 40 rushing yards.
- Jack Lanham went 4-for-7 for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Lanham also carried the ball five times for 29 yards.
- Hunter Cleaver (55 yards) and Octavion Wilson (12 yards) each reeled in a touchdown from Lanham.
- Troy Garrett returned two kicks for 104 yards, including a long of 75 yards.
- Gleason returned three punts for 90 yards.
- The Salisbury defense held Kean to 254 total yards of offense, 3-for-11 on third downs and forced a pair of turnovers. In the first half, Kean totaled 93 offensive yards.
- The defense scored 14 points, including a Josh Adewumi 21-yard scoop-and-score in the first quarter and a Sam Pagella 85-yard pick-six in the third quarter.
- The Salisbury front also recorded 11 tackles for loss and two sacks.
- Patrick Bernardo notched 10 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss while Sean Carroll and Austin Farinholt each registered five sacks.
- Sam Pavlick had two tackles for loss and forced a fumble.
- Joseph Manso recorded a kick block while Adewumi and Myles Christian each broke up a pass.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Salisbury's 65 points were the most points scored in a game since their 77-19 win on Oct. 15, 2016, against William Paterson.
- Salisbury will play their final home game of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 2 against the Christopher Newport Captains.
- The game is set for a 1 p.m. start.
- Prior to the game, Salisbury will recognize its graduating players.
- Live links are available on suseagulls.com.