BUFFALO, N.Y. – Quarterback Mike Mikolaichik threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more Saturday afternoon to lead Buffalo State College past visiting Plymouth State University, 34-22, at Coyer Field.
Buffalo State (3-4) opened the game with a seven-play, 66-yard drive, which included a 40-yard run by James Perkins, to set up a two-yard run for a touchdown by Mikolaichik.
Plymouth State (3-6) answered with a lengthy drive on its next possession, covering 51 yards on 13 plays, using 6:39, capped by a 29-yard field goal by junior Chris Smith (Maple Shade, N.J.)
Buffalo State found the end zone again late in the first quarter when Mikolaichik connected with James Perkins on a five-yard swing pass, extending the Bengals’ lead to 14-3. The Bengals opened the second quarter a two-yard pass from Mikolaichik to Jeff Shostak in the corner of the end zone, giving the hosts a 21-3 lead.
The Panthers answered on their next possession, assembling a 13-play, 65-yard drive that culminated with a one-yard touchdown run by sophomore fullback John DeMarco (Milford, N.H.) Smith’s extra point attempt was blocked, leaving the score 21-9 in favor of the Bengals at halftime.
Buffalo State put the game out of reach in the third quarter, outscoring Plymouth 13-0 in the frame. Mikolaichik scored on a one-yard run and connected with tight end Tom Cocker from 15 yards for his first career touchdown reception.
PSU added a touchdown on a one-yard run by freshman Brandon Clough (Rochester, N.H.) with 5:27 remaining in the game, set up by a 43-yard interception return to the 2-yard line by sophomore Josh White (Derry, N.H.) Clough found the end zone again with 35 seconds remaining, this time from 13 yards out to bring the final score to 34-22.
Buffalo State outgained the Panthers in the game, 430-170. The Bengals were penalized 15 times for 141 yards, compared to two penalties for 15 yards called against Plymouth State. Buffalo State’s 34 points were the most it has scored in a single game since 2000.
DeMarco led Plymouth State on the ground with 19 carries for 43 yards and had two catches for 22 yards. Clough ran seven times for 36 yards and the two touchdowns. Junior QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) was 10-of-19 for 92 yards. Freshman Jermaine Jordan (Bellingham, Mass.) was the Panthers’ leading tackler with eight, including six solo stops.
Buffalo State will visit Thiel next Saturday, while Plymouth State returns home to close out its season against Mount Ida (12 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Buffalo State Sports Information)
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