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Panther Football hosts Buffalo State in home finale

GAME #8:         Buffalo State College (2-5) at Plymouth State University (1-6)
                          Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, 12:00 p.m., Currier Field, Plymouth, N.H.

                PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University football team plays its final home game of the 2004 season this Saturday, hosting Buffalo State College in a non-conference encounter.

              The Panthers and Bengals will kick off at 12 noon Saturday at PSU's Currier Field. Both teams have struggled this season but are coming off victories and hope to wrap up the final weeks of the season with a strong finish.

              Saturday will mark the first regular season meeting between these two schools.  The only other contest was the memorable 1997 ECAC Northwest Championship game in Buffalo, when the Bengals overcame winter conditions and a 17-0 fourth-quarter deficit and pulled out a stunning 21-17 victory.

              Plymouth State snapped its 26-game losing streak last Saturday with a rewarding 33-21 triumph over Husson College.  The Panthers hadn't won a game since the last day of the 2001 season, when they were victorious at WPI.  The offensive unit compiled 381 yards against Husson, its biggest output in two years.  Sophomore QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) threw two touchdowns passes to freshman WR Brad Largy (Litchfield, N.H.) and ran 73 yards for another.  Sophomore DB Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H./Central) continued his stellar defensive play, making a team-high nine tackles (six unassisted), blocking two kicks, recovering a fumble and recording a pass break-up.  The win was also the first at Plymouth State for head coach Paul Castonia.

              After having play-off caliber teams through the 1990s and 2000, Buffalo State has fallen on hard times the last four years.  The Bengals won only one game in 2001 and 2002, and own two victories each of the last two years.  After starting out this season with four straight losses, they have rebounded with wins in two of their last three.  Buffalo State is a member of the Atlantic Central Football Conference, which also includes Brockport State (N.Y.), Wesley (Del.), Frostburg State (Md.), Salisbury (Md.), and Newport News (Va.).

              There are eight Panther seniors who will compete in the final home game of their careers on Saturday.  They enjoyed a Freedom Football Conference championship as freshmen in 2001, and despite the disappointments of the last three years, they have maintained a positive attitude, a strong work ethic and a dedication to the program.  This year's senior class includes offensive linemen David Feeley (co-captain, Toms River, N.J.), and Vaughn Beckwith (co-captain, Canaan, Maine), defensive linemen Nick Chilingirian (Haverhill, Mass.), Ben Krasofski (Essex, Vt.) and Chris Venn (Saugus, Mass.), linebackers Scott Viscardi (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and Joe Iannelli (Billerica, Mass.), and defensive back Adam Briggs (Peabody, Mass.).

Plymouth State wraps up the 2004 season next Saturday with a visit to Mount Ida. The Mustangs are 4-2 entering today's game at William Paterson, and have won three straight over Husson, Utica and Hartwick.

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