PLYMOUTH, N.H. - It was a rainy, snowy and cold Fall day at Currier Field on Saturday, as the Husson University (8-2) football team closed out the regular season with a 21-10 victory over Plymouth State University (6-4) in the first match-up between the two schools since 2005.
- Miece Loureiro carried the ball 34 times for 151 yards with a score.
- Cory Brandon completed 15-of-24 pass attempts for 135 yards with one touchdown pass and carried the ball for a 1-yard touchdown run.
- Kyle Gaudet caught six passes for 75-yards to become the first player in program history to surpass the 1,500 career receiving yard mark with one touchdown catch.
- Ace Curry recorded a game-high 11 tackles (eight solo, three assisted), while forcing two fumbles.
- Kaleb Caron tallied a game-high 11 tackles (six solo, five assisted, 0.5 for loss) with a fumble recovery.
- Elvin Suazo contributed ten tackles (four solo, six assisted, two for loss), while adding two sacks to become the program's all-time career sacker.
FOR PLYMOUTH STATE:
- Zack Edwards finished 13-of-25 for 157 yard with an interception.
- David Hamilton ran for 82 yards and a touchdown.
- Grant McGregor recorded a game-high 11 tackles (one solo, ten assisted).
- After slow starts for both offenses, Plymouth State moved the ball into Husson territory on its second possession, but the drive was cut short when De'Wayne Smith jumped in front of a PSU pass and returned it 35 yards to set up the visitors with great field position.
- Husson took advantage, covering 43 yards in six plays to break through. Loureiro picked up 35 yards on the ground, capping the drive with an eight yard burst as the Eagles went ahead 7-0 with 1:48 remaining in the first quarter.
- The teams traded punts, then Plymouth State's offense found its groove. Edwards connected with Gavin Moody for a 19-yard gain, then hit Max Osgood for an 11-yard pick-up. Hamilton followed with 45 yards on the ground, including a one-yard dive into the end zone, and Jeremy Martin split the uprights to tie the game with 7:10 left in the half.
- Ty Bassett took the kickoff back 29 yards to the Husson 43-yard line, but the Eagles were unable to move the ball and Brady LaFrance made a great play to break up a sure first down pass.
- Plymouth State's next drive was stalled after a holding penalty, but Martin pinned the Eagles deep with a 53-yard punt.
- Jaquan Seme made a big tackle to force a Husson punt on the following possession and the Panthers took over on the Eagles' 48-yard line. Edwards hit Hamilton for a 15-yard gain, then scrambled for an 8-yard gain to set up a 42-yard field goal by Martin as PSU pulled in front, 10-7, with 33 seconds left in the half.
- Husson took the second half kickoff and marched downfield 57 yards in 10 plays. Brandon capped the drive with a 1-yard TD run on a QB keeper with 4:37 left in the third quarter. The key play on the drive was a 13-yard completion from Brandon to Bassett on a third and long.
- After the teams traded punts, John Chen made the play of the game blocking a Martin punt that was recovered by the Eagles on the Plymouth State 14-yard line. Two plays later Brandon hooked up with Gaudet in the end zone as Husson extended the lead to 21-10.
- PSU moved the ball to the Husson 32-yard line on the next drive with a key 15-yard completion to Jacob Szulc, but Edwards was stuffed on a fourth-and-2 and Husson took over on downs.
- Neither team was able to sustain a drive as the Eagles held on for the win.
- Husson accumulated 293 yards on offense, averaging 4.7 yards per play.
- Husson finished with 135 yards of passing and 158 yards of rushing off 38 carries (4.2 per rush).
- The Husson defense held the Panthers offense to 237 total yards, 80 of which came on the ground and 157 through the air, while forcing two turnovers and sacking the quarterback twice on the afternoon.
With the result, Husson picks up their first-ever victory over Plymouth State, while improving to 6-6 all-time in games played on grass. The Panthers lead the series 2-1.
Husson will now wait for selection on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. to see who they will play in the 2018 NCAA DIII Football Championship Tournament. All media are welcome 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 5:30 p.m.