PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Joe DiMeglio (Bethel, Conn.) threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns Saturday afternoon as Western Connecticut State University defeated Plymouth State University, 45-13, in a non-conference football game at Currier Field.
DiMeglio led a Colonials offense that gained 326 of its 383 yards though the air. He connected with sophomore David Cournoyer (Plainville, Conn.) on a pair of scoring passes, and completed once each for scores with sophomore Adamis Gonzalez (Meriden, Conn.) and junior Jason Adamson (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Gonzalez, who was the Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award winner last week after catching eight passes for 245 yards, racked up 176 all-purpose yards against PSU. He caught six passes for 106 yards and a TD, and he added a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown.
WestConn took a 19-0 lead before the game was five minutes old. Adamson scored on a two-yard run on WCSU's first drive, and after PSU fumbled the ensuing kickoff, DiMeglio hit Gonzalez on a 22-yard TD pass on first down. The Colonials botched both extra point attempts, but led 12-0.
DiMeglio completed a 32-yard TD pass to Cournoyer on Western's third possession to put the visitors up 19-0. PSU got on the scoreboard late in the first quarter when freshman Adam Long (Plymouth, Mass.) caught a 10-yard scoring pass from sophomore QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) to cap a 10-play, 63-yard drive.
WestConn made it a 25-7 game at halftime on a seven-yard run by DiMeglio, the only scoring of the second quarter. The Colonials extended their lead to 32-7 on an Adamson 30-yard TD pass from DiMeglio in the third quarter.
WCSU added two more TDs in the fourth quarter on Cournoyer's second TD, a seven-yard pass from DiMeglio, and Gonzalez' 70-yard punt return. PSU tacked on a touchdown with three minutes remaining as freshman Jeff Mack (Milford, N.H.) rushed in seven yards out.
Plymouth State had a 38:45 to 21:15 advantage in time of possession, but Western Connecticut finished with a 383-216 advantage in total yards. Senior Rocco Antoniello (West Caldwell, N.J.) led a solid Colonial defense with 13 unassisted tackles.
Both teams will face Springfield College in their next outing. Western hosts the Pride next Saturday (1:00 p.m.), while PSU is off next Saturday before visiting Springfield on Oct. 16 (1:30 p.m.). Springfield is ranked fourth and sixth, respectively, in the latest AFCA and d3football.com polls.
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