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Second half turnovers plague Mustangs, William Paterson gets 14-2 NJAC win

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Marcus McKinney (Paterson, NJ) rushed for 74 yards and two scores to lead visiting William Paterson University to the 14-2 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) win over Morrisville State College Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium at Colgate University in Hamilton.

Playing to a scoreless first quarter, William Paterson’s Andre Snead (Atlantic City, NJ) intercepted Morrisville quarterback Jamieson Crast (Mannsville, NY) just 21 seconds into the second, returning the ball 26 yards to the Mustangs 12-yard line.

Four plays later, McKinney carried the ball from three yards out into the endzone to give the Pioneers the 7-0 lead over Morrisville State.

William Paterson attempted to extend their lead before the half, but Morrisville State’s Sam Pelham (Voorheesville, NY) forced a McKinney fumble on the Mustangs one-yard line. Sean McDaniel (Rome, NY) recovered the ball for the Mustangs, returning the ball to the 50, where Morrisville turned the ball over on downs before the half.

In the final quarter, Morrisville State put together their longest drive of the afternoon but couldn’t capitalize as they turned the ball over for the third time of the day as Leer Biddle (Sicklerville, NJ) intercepted Crast on the William Paterson one-yard line.

On the next play, Morrisville State’s defense forced a Pioneer fumble in the endzone and recovered it to score a safety, putting the Mustangs on the scoreboard with the Pioneers holding the 7-2 advantage.

With just over four minutes remaining, Crast fumbled the ball and William Paterson recovered, setting up the 30-yard drive that led to McKinney’s second score on a five-yard carry with 1:12 to go.

Despite a great Mustang defensive effort, four turnovers and the inability to stop the defensive rush plagued the Mustangs offensive efforts in the second half. William Paterson held Morrisville State to just 152 total offensive yards on the day, 154 in the air while stopping the Mustangs running game entirely.

Crast completed 17-of-31 passes for 154-yards, seven to wide receiver Hodges Sneed (Syracuse, NY) for 57-yards. Joe Shue (Phoenix, NY) added 48-yards on four catches. Crast threw three interceptions and had a fumble, while Sneed fumbled once.

Defensively, EJ Maeweather (Syracuse, NY) led the Mustangs defensive efforts, recording a season high 13 tackles (six solo), 2.5 for a loss of four yards while forcing a fumble. Pelham added 10 and forced a fumble while Tommy Moyon (Woodside, NY) recorded nine, one for a loss of a yard, forcing the third Pioneer fumble of the day.

Ryan Gresik (Newton, NJ) connected on 5-of-15 passes for 66-yards, three to Joel Rivera (Hoboken, NJ) for 38 yards, contributing to the Pioneers 259-yards total offense on the day.

Keith Sayball (Milford, CT) led the Pioneers defensively with 13 total tackles, seven solo, including 2.5 sacks for a loss of 22 and six total tackles for a loss of 35-yards, while forcing a fumble. Doug Dudek (Rockaway, NJ) added10 total tackles.

Morrisville State (1-5, 1-4 NJAC) returns to the field next Saturday, hosting Rowan University at 12 p.m. at Andy Kerr Stadium at Colgate University.

William Paterson (2-3, 1-3 NJAC) travels to The College of New Jersey next week for a 4 p.m. kick off in Ewing, New Jersey.

Morrisville State begins active membership within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2009-10 and is eligible for NCAA Championship Tournament play.

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.