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September 28, 2005

PSU Football travels to Western Connecticut for non-conference clash

GAME #5: Plymouth State University (1-3) at Western Connecticut State University (2-1, 1-1 NJAC)
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, 1:00 p.m., Westside Athletic Complex, Danbury, Conn.

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University football team will have its hands full this Saturday when it tries to stop a two-game losing streak in a non-conference clash at Western Connecticut State University.

The Panthers (1-3) and Colonials (2-1) will kick off at 1:00 p.m. at the Westside Athletic Complex in Danbury, Conn. WestConn has been one of the top programs in New England the last half dozen years, and will present a serious challenge for the Panthers. PSU split its first two games of the season but has come up short the past two Saturdays against William Paterson and Norwich.

The Plymouth State-Western Connecticut career history has been a series of streaks, with PSU leading the all-time series, 21-7. The Panthers won the first five games from 1971-75 before the Colonials got their first win in 1976. PSU then captured 16 games in a row (1977-85, '92-97) to take a 21-1 series lead. The Colonials, however, have had the upper hand lately, winning the last six straight over the Panthers, including a 45-13 decision last season in Plymouth.

PSU has played more games against Western Connecticut (28) than any other school, but with Plymouth State joining the New England Football Conference next year, this is likely the last game between the two for the foreseeable future.

After freshman Matt Anderson (Charlton, Mass.) returned the second-half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown last Saturday to give PSU a 7-6 lead over Norwich, the Panthers held a second-half lead for the third time in four games this fall. Turnovers cost Plymouth State, and Norwich capitalized with some big plays. PSU added a touchdown on the final play as junior Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.), the team's starting quarterback, caught a six-yard TD pass from second-string quarterback Jimi Lampron (Rochester, N.H.)

WestConn had last weekend off to prepare for the Panthers. The Colonials opened the season with decisive victories over St. Peters (37-13) and William Paterson (35-0) but got handed their first loss two Saturdays ago at Rowan, 49-3. Western is with Plymouth State in the Little East Conference in most other sports and is also a former member of the Freedom Football Conference, but now plays football in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

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