NEWTON, Mass. – The Husson University football team picks up their school record ninth win of the season with a 54-20 victory over Mount Ida on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field extending their school record winning streak to nine games.
Once the game kicked off, sophomore quarterback Cory Brandon threw for 200 yards and five touchdowns to become the first quarterback in program history to throw for 2,000 yards, and the first Eagle player to surpass 2,000 yards of total offense in a single-season, helping the Eagles jumped out to a 34-0 lead in the first two quarters. With the five touchdowns on the day Brandon set a new single-season school record for touchdown passes with 23 surpassing the previous mark of 19 set by Joe Seccarccia last season.
Brandon found Kyle Gaudet with an 11 yard pass to start the scoring, then tossed back to back eight-yard touchdowns to junior tight end DJ Allen, the first score was set up when Jean Gabriel blocked his third punt on the season, tying the single-season school record, giving the Eagles possession deep in Mount Ida territory.
Junior running back John Smith, who rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns to record his 50th career rushing touchdown, extended the lead with 5:19 to go in the first half and Tyler Bassett caught a 42-yard score down the seam before Greenman took the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to put the Mustangs on the board with 2:39 to play before the break.
Husson wasn't done in the first half, as they went 68 yards in ten plays and ended the second quarter with a one yard pass to Deon Wiggins.
The Eagles outgained Mount Ida 425 to 90, and held the Mustangs to just two first downs while picking up 22 themselves. They also doubled up the Mustangs in time of possession, holding the ball for over forty minutes, and had three interceptions and five sacks of Mustang signal-caller Jack Sheehan, who completed five passes for 115 yards.
As a team the Eagles set single-game records for the fewest all-purpose attempts allowed (36), fewest net yards of rushing allowed (-25 yards), fewest total offense plays allowed (39), lowest average gain per rush (-1.2 yards), while tying the single-game record for most touchdown passes (5).
Wiggins caught five balls for 51 yards to become Husson University football program's career leader for reception yards and Allen had three catches for 43 yards to lead the Eagles.
Smith added a one-yard run in the third quarter, as did Obie Christmas, who rushed 11 times for 39 yards, while Chuck Browne picked up 41 yards on the ground. The Eagles led 54-7 before Sheehan found Greenman down the right sideline and the speedy receiver beat his man to the end zone after hauling in the pass.
Quan Soyini paced the number one defense in the nation with five tackles.
Senior Matt Greenman accounted for two long touchdowns, an 85 yard kickoff return in the second half and an 81 yard pass play late in the third quarter. Classmate Sean Chinova notched the only scoring of the fourth quarter when he scooped up a fumble and ran 83 yards for a touchdown.
Chinova also blocked a kick in his final game as a Mustang, while senior Josh David led the team with 16 total tackles and stripped the ball that Chinova eventually scored on.
The Mustangs end their season with a 4-6 record and a 4-3 conference record, their seventh winning conference season in the last eight years.
Husson, who had already clinched the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title, capped off a perfect record in the league at 7-0, for the second time in the last three years and an impressive 9-1 overall school record mark. The Eagles have earned the ECFC automatic bid into the NCAA tournament and will wait to see their opponent announced tomorrow at 6 p.m.
All media are welcomed to join the Husson University football team in the D. Bruce MacGregor Sports Hall of Fame Room on Sunday. Live video of the selection show will be displayed beginning at 6 p.m.