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Morrisville State football downed by William Paterson

WAYNE, N.J. – William Paterson handed Morrisville State its fifth consecutive loss of the season, recording the 27-14 conference win Saturday afternoon in Wayne, New Jersey.

Morrisville State took the 7-6 lead at 4:25 in the first quarter off a 56-yard pass from quarterback Kris Childs (Bolivar, NY/Bolivar Richburg) to Wendall Williams (Syracuse, NY/Bishop Ludden), capping off the 59-yard drive in just three plays.

In the second, William Paterson regained the lead with a one yard rushing score from Shaun Puluse, his second of the afternoon, with Chris Schule adding the two-point conversion off a pass from Matt Marshall for the 14-7 lead.

The Pioneers extended the lead to 13 at 8:36 in the third as Marshall found Joel Riveria for the 16-yard scoring pass play. With 2:31 remaining in the quarter, Morrisville State capped off an eight play, 76-yard drive with a 41-yard pass from Childs to Williams for the score, bringing the Mustangs within striking distance.

In the final quarter, Morrisville State caused a William Paterson turnover in Pioneer territory, but quickly returned the ball to the Pioneer offense with a fumble two plays later.

With 4:04 remaining, Morrisville State regained possession for the final drive of the contest, but turned the ball over on downs as William Paterson put the game away with their final score, a 29-yard run by M. McKinney, with less than ten seconds remaining on the clock.

Childs went 16-for-33 for 198 yards, connecting on three to Williams who led the receiving corps with 119 yards and two scores. Eddie Hull (Syracuse, NY/Central Square) caught five for 52 yards. Dale Ross (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) led the Mustangs on the ground, tallying 54 yards on ten carries.

Anthony Brown (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) led the Morrisville State defensive unit with eight tackles, six solo, while forcing a fumble. Jack Glen (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran) added seven and Sneed six.
Marshall connected on 23-of-36, threw an interception, tallying 204 yards and two scores for William Paterson, five to Riveria for 74 yards and a score. Puluse rushed 94 yards on 16 carries and a score to lead the running game for the Pioneers. Jared Burke tallied 9 tackles, five solo as Dyon Moore and Keith Sayball each recorded eight for the defensive unit.

Morrisville State (0-5, 0-5 NJAC) returns to the field Saturday, October 17 at Rowan, Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.