Fri, Aug/31 Final
14 Albright
48 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Sep/15 Final
0 Kean
28 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Sep/22 Final
7 TCNJ
38 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Sep/29 Final
42 Salisbury
0 at Wm. Paterson
Sat, Oct/06 Final - OT
27 Salisbury
24 at Chris. Newport
Sat, Oct/13 Final
15 Montclair St.
17 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Oct/20 Final
33 Salisbury
0 at Southern Virginia
Sat, Oct/27 Final
45 No. 25 Salisbury
7 at Rowan
Sat, Nov/03 Final - OT
19 Wesley
13 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Nov/10 Final - OT
35 Salisbury
38 at Frostburg State
Sat, Nov/17 Final
14 Alfred
7 vs. Salisbury
Fri, Sep/06 Final
63 Salisbury
28 at Albright
Sat, Sep/14 Final
19 Wis.-Oshkosh
24 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Oct/05 Final
27 Salisbury
24 at Montclair St.
Sat, Oct/12 Final
38 Wesley
45 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Oct/19 Final
7 Rowan
38 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Oct/26 Final
65 Salisbury
16 at Kean
Sat, Nov/02 Final
0 Chris. Newport
51 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Nov/09 Final
62 Salisbury
20 at TCNJ
Sat, Nov/16 Final
42 Salisbury
13 at Wm. Paterson
Sat, Nov/23 Final
0 Maritime (N.Y.)
83 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Nov/30 Final
41 Union (N.Y.)
62 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Dec/07 Final
24 Muhlenberg
8 vs. Salisbury
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Football's historic season ends in NCAA Elite Eight against Muhlenberg

Football's historic season ends in NCAA Elite Eight against Muhlenberg

SALISBURY, Md. – The sixth-ranked Salisbury University football team's historic 2019 campaign came an end in the NCAA Elite Eight as they dropped a 24-8 decision to the fourth-ranked Muhlenberg Mules on Saturday.

THE RUNDOWN

Final Score: No. 4 Muhlenberg 24, No. 6 Salisbury 8
Records: Muhlenberg (13-0) | Salisbury (11-1)
Location: Sea Gull Stadium – Salisbury, Md.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter

  • After Salisbury forced a Muhlenberg three-and-out to start the game, Salisbury drove down to the red zone in three plays highlighted by a 22-yard Jack Lanham completion to Chad Gleason, a Lanham 17-yard keeper and a Shamar Gray five-yard rush. Gleason, however, fumbled a toss play at the 13-yard line and Muhlenberg recovered the ball to keep the game scoreless.
  • On the ensuing drive, Muhlenberg drove down the field and scored on a 23-yard pass from Mike Hnatkowsky to Max Kirin to give the Mules an early 7-0 lead.
  • Muhlenberg scored again on their next drive on a nine-yard touchdown reception by Kirin from Hnatkowsky.

Second Quarter

  • Salisbury was driving to start the second quarter. Facing a 4th-and-2 on the Muhlenberg 27. Lanham took a shot to the end zone to Octavion Wilson but John Washington broke up the pass at the goal line to keep Salisbury off the board.
  • Muhlenberg added points with 6:54 left in the half on a Todd Spirt 34-yard field goal to give the Mules a 17-0 lead.

Third Quarter

  • Muhlenberg made it a 24-0 game in the third when Hnatkowsky found Mitch Daniel in the middle of the field for a 22-yard touchdown pass.

Fourth Quarter

  • Salisbury got some momentum going their way when Hnatkowsky was intercepted by Troy Garrett at the Salisbury 34 in the early moments of the fourth.
  • Salisbury got down into Muhlenberg territory but their drive stalled at the Muhlenberg 34-yard line.
  • The defense stepped up and forced a three-and-out on Muhlenberg's next possession. Gleason took a punt back 44 yards to the Muhlenberg territory.
  • After a Michael Fowler 14-yard run and a Damien King 11-yard run put Salisbury with a goal-to-go, Lanham took it himself and powered across the goal line to put points on the board. Lanham also converted the two-point try to cut the Muhlenberg lead to 24-8.
  • Bert Schrecongost's onside kick was recovered by Muhlenberg.
  • Salisbury got the ball back with four minutes left in the game but Muhlenberg's Joseph O'Hagan intercepted the fourth-down play to seal the win.

GAME NOTES

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Salisbury was making its first NCAA Quarterfinal appearance since 2011.
  • Patrick Bernardo moved to fifth all-time in career tackles in Salisbury history with 283 tackles.

THE WRAP

  • The champions of the New Jersey Athletic Conference, Salisbury finish the 2019 season with an 11-1 record and perfect 7-0 league record.
  • Salisbury qualified for their 11th NCAA Tournament in program history.