PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior quarterback Mike Abate (Norwalk, Conn.) threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third Saturday afternoon to lead Southern Connecticut State University to a 43-7 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference football game at Currier Field.
Southern jumped out to a 21-0 lead just 3:28 into the game and never looked back. The Owls improve to 8-2 overall, while the Panthers drop to 0-9.
Abate connected on both of his TD passes to sophomore Jim Lukowiak (Brick, N.J.) on SCSU's first two possessions. He hit Lukowiak on the first play from scrimmage for a 71-yard scoring play, and after the Owls recovered the ensuing kick-off, repeated the act from 15 yards out less than a minute later. The second score by Lukowiak was his 13th TD reception of the season, setting a new SCSU school record. He finished the day with three catches for 103 yards and the two scores.
After PSU went three-and-out on its next possession, graduate student Cliff Hill (Wallingford, Conn.) returned the Panther punt 64 yards for a score, and Southern Conn. had a 21-0 lead with 11:32 on the clock.
Abate scored on a one-yard run early in the second quarter, and sophomore RB Shawn Harris (West Haverstram, N.Y.) added a two-yard run to make it a 35-0 game at halftime.
Senior Dan Chisholm (Wallingford, Conn.) scored the Owls' final touchdown early in the third quarter on a six-yard run. Chisholm added two more points when he recovered Southern's blocked extra point attempt and ran it into the end zone.
Plymouth State got on the board with 9:42 remaining in the fourth quarter when senior Jason Bordas (Elmore, Vt.) scored his first touchdown of the season on a seven-yard run. That capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive for PSU that included four Bordas carries for 44 yards and three carries by freshman Dan Fortier (Salem, N.H.) for 31 yards. Bordas finished the game with 70 yards on 13 carries and Fortier ended up with 91 yards on 16 attempts.
PSU wraps up the season next Saturday with a Freedom Football Conference game at WPI (1:00 p.m.). Southern concludes its regular season next Saturday with a Northeast-10 Conference game at AIC (1:00 p.m.).
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