Plymouth State University (0-1) at University of Massachusetts
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, 12:00 p.m., Cressy Field, North Dartmouth, Mass.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Both schools will be seeking their first win of the season Saturday when Plymouth State University visits the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a non-conference football game in North Dartmouth, Mass.
The Panthers and Corsairs will kick off at 12:00 p.m. Saturday at UMD's Cressy Field. Plymouth State showed improvement over last season in its season opener despite a 24-0 setback to Saint Anselm College, while UMD was no match for Merrimack College, 37-13.
Saturday's meeting will be the sixth career football encounter between PSU and UMD, which are both in the Little East Conference for most other sports. Plymouth State leads the overall series, 3-2. PSU dominated the first two meetings in 1994-95 (35-0 and 33-0), and won again in the 2001 campaign, 34-20. The Corsairs have come back to win the last two years, 44-14 in 2002 and 29-0 last season.
The Panthers limited Saint Anselm to 296 yards of offense last week, fewer than any of PSU's 10 opponents last season. PSU also collected three turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble recovery), matching last year's high. Sophomore Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H.) led the defense with eight tackles (six solo) and one interception, while senior Adam Briggs (Peabody, Mass.) had five tackles, and interception and a pass break-up. The offense was led by sophomore Dan Fortier (Salem, N.H.), who rushed for 84 yards on 19 carries (4.4 avg.).
UMass Dartmouth was 20-3 over the last two seasons, including an New England Football Conference Championship, an undefeated regular season and NCAA Tournament berth in 2002, followed by a 9-2 mark last year and the Corsairs' first post-season victory in the ECAC Northeast Championship. UMD was trailing Merrimack 10-7 late in the second quarter before surrendering two TDs to go down 23-7 at the break, and Merrimack pulled away in the second half.
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