RECAP: Football opens PSAC East game with 51-7 win over Bloomsburg
SHIPPENSBURG, PA – The University of Shippensburg football team used a 24-point second quarter on Saturday to forge a sizable lead that they wouldn’t give up, opening the East Division game of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference ( PSAC) with a 51-7 victory over Bloomsburg on a sunny Parent and Family Day afternoon. at the student association grounds at Seth Grove Stadium.
Shippensburg (4-0, 1-0 PSAC East) faced Bloomsburg (1-3, 0-1) for the 85th time in a historic rivalry dating back 104 years and handed the Huskies the most unbalanced defeat in the history of the series. . Previously, SU’s 42-0 victory in 1941 had been the biggest margin of victory for either team.
The SU defense, with the exception of a 48-yard touchdown pass on a sideways road in the third quarter, limited BU to just 122 yards on its remaining 48 plays (2.5 yards per play). The Raiders had 5.0 tackles for a loss (TFL) and intercepted two passes – the climax being a 31-yard intercept return for a second-quarter touchdown by redshirt-freshman Khi’on Smith.
Senior safety Trey paul intercepted his third assist of the young season and had two break-ups. Paul also tied with junior Mike Brewer for the high team with four tackles. Junior Solomon Alexander had a five-yard bag.
Offensively, redshirt-junior quarterback Brycen Mussina was 24 of 30 for 392 yards and two touchdowns. Mussina also ran 22 yards for a touchdown on a 3rd and 19 play at the end of the second quarter – the first rushed touchdown of his college career.
Mussina connected with eight different receivers and his 78-yard touchdown pass in the first year Ian sheehan was the longest of his university career. Sheehan finished with five receptions for 128 yards and two scores – his 25-yard touchdown reception just 40 seconds into the second quarter opened the scoring after zeros in the first 15 minutes.
Three Raiders finished with five receptions. Diploma Evan morrill had five catches for 63 yards, and redshirt-junior David Balint III shot in five passes for 31 yards.
Redshirt-senior Kyle evans delivered another great play. Evans scored on a four-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and caught four passes for 81 yards. His 49-yard reception on a third play in the third quarter helped restart the SU offense and the run ended with his touchdown run. He also returned the opening kickoff of the second half for 63 yards just a week after getting an 87 yard kickoff return early in the third quarter at Clarion.
Four Raiders have scored touchdowns. In addition to Mussina and Evans, redshirt-sophomore Khalid Dorsey had a five-yard scorer in the fourth quarter and redshirt-freshman Nasai moon scored his first collegiate touchdown with 2:15 remaining to top the scoring.
Redshirt-second grade Bill williams led the Raiders with 42 rushing yards on 11 carries. Dorsey had 16 carries for 31 yards, while Moon finished with 21 yards.
first year kicker Jaxson Montross was 1 of 3 on field goals, converting to 28 yards in the second quarter, and was 6 of 7 on PAT. Montross narrowly missed the equalizer for his record 50-meter field goal distance at school, coming close to an attempt in the wind seconds before halftime.
Bloomsburg as a team had just four plays from 10 or more yards, while the nine Shippensburg players who caught a pass in Saturday’s game had at least one reception from 10 or more yards. Husky starting quarterback Ben Ries was 4 of 11 for 19 yards and two interceptions in the first half before being replaced in the second half by David LePoidevin. Jaco Sattamini, the reigning PSAC Eastern Special Teams Player of the Week, had 11 punts for the Huskies.
Possession time was skewed in favor of the Raiders, as SU controlled the ball for 39:20.
Shippensburg hits the road next weekend to renew their long-standing regional rivalry with Shepherd. The nationally ranked Rams lost their first game of the season on Saturday with a narrow loss to Kutztown. Kick-off next Saturday is at noon from Ram Stadium.
Remarks: In four games, Shippensburg leads the PSAC in offensive scoring (42.0 points per game) and possession time (36:02) and ranks fifth in defensive scoring (16.5 points per game). ). PSAC in total defense (246.8)â¦ Montross leads the PSAC in net kickoff average and second in yards per kickoff average (62.2)â¦ five SU interceptions in defense are one short of the IUP for the league leadâ¦ this season Mussina is 80- of-116 for 1,105 yards and 10 touchdowns without interceptionâ¦ Mussina’s previous touchdown throws all throughout his career were 77 yards for Josh Gontarek against Kutztown in 2018 and 76 yards for Winston Eubanks at Shepherd in 2019â¦ SU is now 30-13 all-time at home against Bloomsburg.