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Brockport hands PSC 31-3 setback

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The State University of New York College at Brockport football team won the battles on offense, defense and special teams against Plymouth State College Saturday, and captured the war with a convincing 31-3 triumph over the Panthers at Currier Field.

The victory improved Brockport State to 3-0 overall, extending its school-record winning streak to seven games dating back to last season. The Panthers fall for the first time in 2000, dropping to 1-1 overall.

Senior Courtlan Green (Brooklyn, NY) rushed 22 times for 148 yards (6.7 average), including an 80-yard touchdown run, to lead the Golden Eagles. Senior QB Mike Haas (Lackawanna, NY) completed 19-of-32 passes for 224 yards, with one TD and no interceptions.

"First of all, they're a good football team," said PSC head coach Chris Rorke. "For what ever reason we got off on the wrong foot. We were on our heels from the get-go. We came out flat and gave up plays, and they were too good for us to do that."

Brockport State outgained PSC 424-281 in total offense while not turning the ball over. PSC was forced into four turnovers (3 INT and 1 fumble), and gained only two net yards on the ground.

"We moved the ball, but just couldn't get it into the end zone and give ourselves an emotional lift," said Rorke. "Physically, because of their size, we ran out of gas on defense."

The Golden Eagles led 8-3 at the end of one quarter, getting a 41-yard touchdown reception from junior WR Lionel Rhim (Medina, NY) and a two-point conversion from sophomore Ben Bullock (Maine, NY). PSC's only points came on a 31-yard field goal by junior Cory Skillin (Norwich, NY).

The visitors extended their lead to 18-3 by halftime, as senior Chris Rudderow (Sandy Creek, NY) connected on a 22 yard field goal and sophomore FB Billy Spalik (Johnson City, NY) added a one-yard TD run. It was 28-3 by the end of the third quarter as Green scored on his 80-yard scamper and Rudderow added a 26-yard field goal.

Brockport kicker Todd Freelove (Phelps, NY) rounded out the scoring with two minutes remaining with a 37-yard field goal.

"It seemed like everything went their way," said Rorke. "When they fumbled, they recovered. When we fumbled, they recovered. But if you're playing well, like they were, the ball bounces your way."

Plymouth State plays its Freedom Football Conference opener next Saturday (Sept. 23) at Currier Field against Norwich University (12 noon). Brockport State is idle next week before playing its home opener on Sept. 30th vs. Buffalo State (1:30 p.m.)