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PSU Football to host UMass Dartmouth Saturday in home opener

GAME #2:         University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (0-1) at Plymouth State University (0-1)
                          Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, 1:00 p.m., Currier Field, Plymouth, N.H.

              PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Both teams will be looking for the first victory of the season this Saturday when the Plymouth State University football team hosts the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the home opener at Currier Field.

            The Panthers and Corsairs will kick off at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in a non-conference contest, the last one of its kind.  Beginning next season PSU and UMD will play conference games as the Panthers join the Corsairs in the Boyd Division of the New England Football Conference.

            Both teams are coming off opening day losses to teams in the Northeast-10 Conference.  Plymouth State was defeated 40-14 at Saint Anselm College, while UMass Dartmouth was on the short end of a 35-0 decision at home to Merrimack College.

            PSU had a strong first half last Saturday at Saint Anselm, holding a 14-10 advantage at the break, but four costly turnovers in the second half turned a tight game into a blowout.  Junior QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes to sophomores Drew Richardson and Adam Long (Plymouth, Mass./South). Sophomore Brad Largy (Litchfield, N.H.) led the receiving corps with six catches for 83 yards.  Junior DB Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H.), the team's leading tackler the past two seasons, picked up from where he left off last season, making a team-high eight tackles and collecting one interception and two pass breakups.

            UMD recorded a 27-7 the past three seasons with three post-seasons berths (NCAA in 2002 and ECAC the past two years).  The Corsairs return 12 starters from last year's squad that finished 7-4 overall, including a loss to Ithaca in the ECAC Northwest Championship game.  This season started just like 2004 for UMD, with a loss in the opener to Merrimack.  The Corsairs offense managed just 114 yards and came up empty on all 17 third-down conversion tries.

            Saturday will be the seventh all-time football encounter between PSU and UMD, which are both in the Little East Conference for most other sports, and the career series is tied 3-3.  Plymouth State dominated the first two meetings in 1994 and 1995 (35-0 and 33-0), and won again in the 2001 campaign, 34-20.  The Corsairs have come back to win the last three years, 44-14 in 2002, 29-0 in 2003 and 12-10 last season.

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