October 8, 2011

#10 Kean Rallies Past Buffalo State, 34-27

More news about: Kean

UNION, N.J. (10/8/11) – The Kean University football team scored 17 unanswered fourth-quarter points to erase a 10-point deficit and defeat Buffalo State College, 34-27, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.

The #8/10 Cougars (5-0, 4-0 NJAC) trailed 27-17 to start the fourth quarter, before senior Chris DiMicco scampered into the endzone with the 18-yard touchdown run with just 2:27 remaining to cap the comeback and give Kean just its second 5-0 start in program history.

The Bengals (2-4, 2-3 NJAC) scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to take the 27-17 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Cougars took over at the Buffalo State 30-yard line after forcing the Bengals into a three-and-out and just an 11-yard punt.  On the ensuing drive, senior quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi completed five straight passes for all 30 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass to junior fullback Danny Mendoza to pull within 27-24 midway through the quarter. 

The Cougar defense again forced the Bengals to punt after just three plays and Kean would tie the game at 27-27 on a career-long 44-yard field goal by senior Billy Daniels, capping a nine-play, 50-yard drive with just 4:18 remaining in the game.

On Buffalo State's next possession, Kean junior Brett Yajcaji intercepted quarterback Casey Kacz and returned the ball 24-yards to the Bengal 21-yard line.  DiMicco took it the rest of the way, first with a three-yard carry before scampering in the final 18-yards with a cut-back up the middle for the go-ahead touchdown with 2:27 left.

The Bengals had one drive remaining and managed an 18-yard first down completion on the first play, however an intentional grounding call set-up third and long and the Bengals turned the ball over on downs when the fourth-and-eight pass fell incomplete, as Kean took a knee twice to seal the win.

Kean took a 7-0 lead just 1:08 into the game, when sophomore Sean McKee completed a 30-yard pass to junior T.J. Denehy off the pitch from D'Ambrisi to set-up first-and-goal at the Buffalo State 10-yard line.  DiMicco had a pair of carries for the remaining 10-yards, including the three-yard touchdown run to give Kean a 7-0 lead just three plays in the game.

The Bengals tied the game later in the quarter, as Kacz completed the 23-yard touchdown pass to a leaping sophomore wide receiver Caesarae Lewis, capping a six-play, 61-yard drive.

A 24-yard field goal by Daniels in the second quarter gave Kean the 10-7 lead and the score would remain that way at halftime, as Cougar senior linebacker Bekim Bujari blocked a 44-yard attempt from the Bengals on the final play of the half.

Buffalo State would quickly take a 14-10 lead to start the third quarter, as Lewis returned the second-half opening kick-off 83-yards for the touchdown.

The Cougars would regain the lead at 17-14 on their first drive of the second half when D'Ambrisi completed the 10-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Scott Davis with 12:32 remaining in the quarter.

Buffalo State answered right back with a six-play, 60-yard drive, as Kacz completed five passes for 59 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown pass to Lewis  for the 20-17 lead.

After a 46-yard field goal attempt from Daniels was wide left, the Bengals extended the lead to double-digits with their third touchdown of the quarter, as sophomore running back Ismail Brooks opened the drive with a 34-yard carry and capped it with a four-yard scoring run for the 27-17 lead with 2:23 left in the third quarter. 

For the Cougars, D'Ambrisi completed just 21-of-43 passes for 191 yards and eclipsed 6,000 career passing yards.  The four-year starter now has 6,081 career passing yards and 52 career touchdown passes, both the second highest in school history.  DiMicco finished with 20 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns.  Denehy had game-highs of eight receptions and 105 yards receiving.

Daniels became the program's all-time leader in PAT made, as he converted all four extra point attempts to give him 74 for his career break the all-time mark of 70 held by Jon Robinson (2004-07). 

Defensively, Bujari finished with a game-high 10 tackles and had two forced fumbles and one blocked kick.  Junior Chris VanFechtmann had six solo stops, including a sack for a six-yard loss, and one pass break-up. 

For Buffalo State, Brooks had 11 carries for 87 yards and one touchdown and Kacz completed 17-of-30 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns.  Lewis made six catches for 89 yards and had three total touchdowns. 

The Bengal defense was led by Jahi Owens and Zach Guzda, who each finished with six tackles, while Guzda added a pair of pass break-ups. 

The Cougars travel to The College at Brockport next Saturday, October 16.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
Final
at Bridgewater State 34, Fitchburg State 25
Box Score
Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
Box Score Recap
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
Box Score
Final
MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
Box Score
Final
at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
Box Score Recap
Final
at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
Box Score
Final
St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
Box Score
Final
at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
Box Score
Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
Box Score Recap
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Western New England 59, Curry 28
Box Score
Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Colby 9, at Williams 7
Box Score Photos
Final
at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
Box Score
Final
at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
Box Score
Final
Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
Box Score
Final
at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
Final
at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
Box Score
Final
at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
Box Score
Final
at Springfield 28, WPI 23
Box Score Recap
Final
at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Denison 45, Wooster 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
Box Score
Final
at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
Box Score Recap
Final
at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
Final
at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
Box Score Recap
Final
at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
Box Score Photos
Final
at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
Final
at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
Box Score
Final
Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
Box Score Photos
Final
Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
Box Score
Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
Box Score
Final
at Centre 49, Chicago 27
Box Score
Final
at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
Box Score Recap
Final
Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
Box Score
Final
at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
Box Score
Final
Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
Box Score Photos
Final
Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
Box Score
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
Box Score
Final
at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
Box Score
Final
at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
Box Score
Final
Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
Box Score Photos
Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
Box Score Photos
Final
Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
Box Score
Final
at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
Box Score Photos
Final
at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
Box Score
Final
Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
Box Score
Final
at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
Box Score Recap
Final
Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
Box Score
Final
at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
Final
Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
Final
Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
Box Score
Final
Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
Final
at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
Box Score
Final
at Ripon 33, Knox 19
Final
Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
Final
UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
Box Score
Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
Box Score Recap
Final
at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
Final
UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
Box Score
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
Box Score
Final
UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
Final
Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
Box Score
Final
at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
Box Score Photos
Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
Box Score
Final
at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
Cancelled
Langston at McMurry
Video Live Stats
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
Box Score Recap
Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
Box Score Recap
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
Box Score Recap
Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
Box Score
Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
Box Score
Final
UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
Box Score
Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
Box Score Recap
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap