Football Falls in Overtime to UMass Dartmouth, 48-41

Football Falls in Overtime to UMass Dartmouth, 48-41

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Husson University Eagles (0-1) fell to the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (2-0), 48-41, in overtime on Saturday afternoon in non-conference football action at Cressy Field.

FOR HUSSON:

  • Shawn Noel, Jr. carried the ball 38 times for 99 yards with a score.
  • David Morrison completed 22-of-40 pass attempts for 339 yards - second most yards gained in a single-game - with five touchdown passes - tying the program's single-game record - in his first career start. He also became the first quarterback in program history to throw for 300 or more yards and five touchdown passes in his first career start.
  • Tyler Halls caught a single-game record 13 passes for 185 yards with one touchdown catch.
  • Aidan Hogan recorded a career-high six catches, 105 yards gained by receiving and four touchdown catches. Hogan becomes the first tight end in school history with four touchdown catches in a single-game, while tying the program's single-game record for receiving touchdowns by an individual.
  • Nick Alvarez recorded eight tackles with a pass breakup and a block kick.
  • Matthew Montford tallied eight tackles (six solo, two assists, and 0.5 for loss) with a half of a sack.
  • Frank Curran contributed five tackles (three solo, two assists, 1.5 for loss), while adding 1.5 sacks and a pass breakup.
  • Derek Barden added four solo tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss.
  • Darterius Hall and Sterling Mcdowell-Hagan each had one interception.

FOR UMASS DARTMOUTH:

  • Stephen Gacioch finished 26-of-42 for 512 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Gacioch also ran the ball 17 times for 27 yards.
  • Jacob Francis ran for 25 yards and a touchdown.
  • DJ Machado caught six passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Leroy Brown had eight catches for 121 yards and a score.
  • Abbi Bamgbose added four receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown.
  • Javien Delgado recorded a game-high 14 tackles (nine solo, five assists, 3.5 for loss).
  • Jacob Burkhead finished the game with ten tackles (seven solo, three assists, 1.5 for loss).

GAME REVIEW:

  • The squads combined for 261 yards and 35 points in a wild opening quarter that saw Husson emerge with a 21-14 lead, as the visitors opened the scoring on a two-yard plunge by Noel, Jr. before the hosts answered on a 10-yard connection between Gacioch and Brown to even matters. 
  • A pair of touchdown tosses from Morrison to Hogan of 54 and 22 yards sandwiched a one-yard run by Corsairs' Francis to cap the opening frame, and UMass Dartmouth pulled to within one with just over four minutes remaining in the half on a 54-yard strike from Gacioch to Machado Morrison and Hogan hooked up for a third time from seven yards out with 33 seconds to play in the half that extended Husson's advantage to 27-20 at the break.
  • Gacioch and Machado connected for a 66-yard touchdown that evened matters once again at 27-27 on the opening drive of the second half.  That score held up until late in the third quarter when Morrison found Halls from 36 yards out to give the Eagles the lead once again but Pedro DelToro hauled in a 54-yard scoring strike from Gacioch on the ensuing possession to knot the score at 34 heading into the fourth stanza.
  • Both squads had chances to take the lead early in the final frame of regulation, as UMass Dartmouth's Tony Slaughter's strip-sack at midfield ended a Husson scoring threat, but the Eagles returned the favor on the ensuing possession when Alvarez blocked a go-ahead field goal attempt.  After a short punt set up the Corsairs at the Eagle 36-yard line, Olawale Junaid capped a four-play drive with a nine-yard touchdown run that gave the Corsairs their first lead (41-34) of the contest.
  • Morrison engineered a nine-play, 58 yard drive in the closing minutes of regulation that enabled Husson to forge the fifth and final tie of the day with 39 seconds remaining, as he hooked up with Hogan for the fourth time from seven yards out after connecting with Halls on a game-extending 21-yard pass on 4th and 8 at the Corsair 28 yard line. 
  • The Eagles won the toss and elected to play defense in overtime, where Gacioch found Bamgbose from 23 yards out on UMass Dartmouth's second play.  After gaining eight yards on its first two plays of the extra session, an incomplete pass set up 4th-and-2 for Husson at the UMass Dartmouth 17, but Morrison's pass to Halls only gained a yard and ended the contest.

TEAM STATS:

  • Husson and UMass Dartmouth combined to produce 981 yards of total offense in today's contest.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING:

This match-up marked the first-ever meeting between the Eagles and the Corsairs on the gridiron.

UP NEXT:

Husson returns home next Saturday hosting WPI at the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex. The kickoff of the first game between the Eagles and the Engineers since the 2004 season is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., while UMass Dartmouth opens Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference action next Saturday afternoon by hosting Fitchburg State at Cressy Field for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff.