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PSU Football comes up short at Mount Ida

NEWTON, Mass. - Freshman QB Corey Sullivan (New Haven, Conn.) rushed for two second-quarter touchdowns Saturday afternoon to lead Mount Ida College to a 19-14 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference football game at the MIC Athletic Stadium.

Sullivan scored on a 30-yard burst to open the second quarter, and added a one-yard keeper with a minute to play to put the hosts up 19-7 at the intermission. PSU pulled to within five points in the third quarter and threatened in the fourth, but the Mustangs held the Panthers off to secure the win.

PSU, which defeated Mount Ida 31-20 in the final game of the 2005 season, drops to 0-1 this fall, while the Mustangs even their record at 1-1.

Mount Ida took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 68-yard option pass from tight end Mark Mitchell (Waltham, Mass.) to WR Will Smith (Newington, Conn.). Sullivan's first TD extended Mount Ida's lead to 13-0 (PSU blocked the extra point attempt) early in the second frame.

The Panthers got on the board with five minutes to play in the second quarter on a 10-yard run by senior QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.), who finished with 64 yards rushing and 112 yards passing. That capped a solid 10-play, 64 yard drive for the visitors, but Sullivan's second TD three minutes later put Mount Ida up 19-7 at the break.

Seastedt added his second score midway through the third quarter in what would end up as the final points of the afternoon, again capping off a strong Panther drive (10 plays, 65 yards).

The Panthers had a golden opportunity to take the lead after another long drive in the fourth quarter (15 plays, 66 yards, 8:04), but sophomore RB John DeMarco (Milford, N.H.) was stopped on fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line. DeMarco finished the day with 100 yards rushing on 18 carries.

PSU got one last chance, getting the ball back at its own nine yard line with 1:28 remaining and moving all the way to the Mount Ida 23 before time ran out on the Panthers.

"We came out a lot more physical in the second half, and did a good job," said PSU head coach Paul Castonia. "We had some good drives; we finished one and should have finished another. We gave them too many opportunities in the first half."

Junior Jeff Ethier (North Attleboro, Mass.) led the Panther defense with six tackles.

"We need to get better," said Castonia. "Our next opponent, Coast Guard, will be good and we will have to make a big improvement from today."

PSU plays at Coast Guard next Saturday (1:00 p.m.) before meeting UMass Dartmouth in the home opener on Sept. 23 at Currier Field (1:00 p.m.)

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