GAME #9: Southern Connecticut State Univ. (7-2, NE-10 6-2) at Plymouth State Univ. (0-8, FFC 0-5)
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, 12:00 p.m., Currier Field, Plymouth, N.H.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Southern Connecticut State University makes its first visit to Plymouth State University for a non-conference college football game this Saturday in the final contest this season at Currier Field.
The Panthers and Owls will kick off at 12:00 p.m. Saturday at Currier Field. The two teams are having very different seasons, with Southern Conn. riding high with a 7-2 record and challenging for one of the top spots in the Division II Northeast-10 Conference, while Plymouth State is struggling in the Division III Freedom Football Conference and facing what could be its second straight winless season.
PSU continues to give its best effort every Saturday, but has been unable to put a mark in the win column. The Panthers got a small consolation last Saturday when they scored a pair of touchdowns in a home loss to Coast Guard, their first points in six weeks. PSU has played one of the toughest schedules in New England this season; Its 10 opponents have a combined record of 53-30, with seven of the 10 teams sporting winning records. PSU’s non-conference opponents are a combined 24-12.
Southern Connecticut comes to Plymouth with wins in four of its last five games, including a 23-10 win over Rowan, one of the top five teams in the nation in Division III. The Owls are 6-2 in the Northeast-10, which is good for third place behind undefeated Bentley (7-0) and L.I.U./C.W. Post (6-1), the only two teams to have defeated Southern this year. SCSU is averaging 414 yards and 35 points a game, while the defense allows 324 yards and 20 points a contest.
This will be second meeting between PSU and Southern Connecticut. The Owls coasted to a 49-0 victory last year in New Haven en route to its 8-3 record. This is also the second game this season for Southern against a team from the Granite State; the Owls dumped Saint Anselm 49-9 last month.
Saturday’s game marks the final home game in the careers of the Panthers seniors, who have been through a lot in the last five years. The fifth-year seniors were around when Plymouth State won the 1999 Northeast Championship game over Salve Regina and finished with an 8-3 record (Plymouth State beat Bentley that year, too, 17-12). Most of the seniors were here in 2001 when PSU shared the Freedom Football Conference Championship with Western Connecticut, so they have seen both ends of the college football spectrum.
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