FSU Football Crushes Southern Virginia 24-7
Following a crushing 43-7 loss to #17 Wesley the week before, the Frostburg State Bobcats football team quickly bounced back with a 24-7 win over the Knights of Southern Virginia on Sept. 17 at Bobcat Stadium.
Frostburg entered the game 1-1 while SVU entered the game 1-0, having only played one game.
FSU junior running back Jordan Brown was a key factor, as he ran for 78 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns, one in the first quarter and one in the third quarter. Quarterback Connor Cox passed for 86 yards and one interception.
“Saturday night’s victory wasn’t the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen,” Frostburg head coach DeLane Fitzgerald said. “But wins in college football are tough to get, so we will take it!”
The Bobcats’ first score of the game came from Brown as he scored with a six-yard run in the first quarter. Late in the second quarter, SVU intercepted a pass when the Bobcats were inside the red zone. However, Frostburg scored again when an attempted SVU punt was foiled by a low snap that sent the ball out of the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety. Frostburg drove down the field to the SVU 27-yard-line, where senior kicker Isaac Robinson nailed a 44-yard FG at the end of the half. Those five points scored by FSU came in the final 2:04 of the first half, pushing their lead to 12-0.
While the offense had some ups and downs, the Bobcat defense was dominant. In the third quarter, they held Southern Virginia to -11 yards on four plays. When the Bobcats got the ball, Cox scored from 12 yards out as they pushed their lead to 18-0.
After SVU quarterback Ty Jones threw an interception to FSU junior Josh Washington, Brown carried the ball three straight times on Frostburg’s final scoring drive of the game. Cox threw a 21-yard pass to junior Joe Beckford at the SVU five-yard-line which set up another Jordan Brown score as Frostburg led 24-0.
The shutout came to an end when Southern Virginia’s first and only points came in the fourth quarter when Ty Jones scored on a TD run from 2 yards out, cutting the deficit to 24-7, which would eventually be the final score.
For the second time in three games, the Bobcats defense faced an option offense and Frostburg limited the Knights to just 161 yards of offense, all on the ground. Incredibly, Frostburg held SVU to zero passing yards. Fitzgerald remarked, “Defensively, we are running to the football and playing with great effort and enthusiasm. I’m proud of those guys!”
Senior William Sewell led the defensive effort with 12 tackles. Junior Niles Scott added nine stops and 1.5 tackles for losses, and junior Dre’Quan Reed added nine tackles.
Frostburg’s next game will be against Kean University on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 1:00 p.m.