NORTH DARTMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Corey Williams (Billerica, Mass.) caught a six-yard touchdown pass from classmate Pat Franey (Burlington, Mass.) with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth pulled out a 12-10 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference football game at UMD’s Cressy Field.
The game-winning score was the only touchdown scored by either team’s offense in the defensive-minded affair. The hosts also kicked a pair of first-half field goals, while the Panthers kicked a first-quarter field goal and returned a second-quarter punt 70 yards for a TD.
It was a 3-3 game after the first quarter as the two teams exchanged field goals. Junior Derek Bealby (Peterborough, N.H.) was good from 33 yards out to give UMD the early lead, and freshman Carlo Sementilli (South Salem, N.Y.) evened the score for PSU from 29 yards away.
The Corsairs regained the advantage early in the second quarter on a 24-yard field goal by Bealby, but PSU took the lead with 6:09 remaining before halftime when senior Adam Briggs (Peabody, Mass.) raced 70 yards for a touchdown on a punt return. Sementilli added the extra point to give the Panthers a 10-6 lead going into the break.
Neither team was able to muster much offense in the second half, and it was still 10-6 late in the fourth quarter. UMD kept its final drive alive by converting a fourth-and-long inside Panther territory, gaining a first down inside the PSU 10-yard line and setting up the game-winning score.
UMD outgained PSU in total offense, 257-165. Williams finished with 107 yards on eight receptions to lead the Corsairs. Franey completed 14-of-30 passes for 146 yards. PSU sophomore QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) was good on 10-of-24 passes for 85 yards.
Sophomore Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H.) led the Panther defense with 10 tackles and a pass break-up, and junior Pat Quinlan (Saugus, Mass.) made eight tackles. Briggs also had three tackles and three pass break-ups.
Plymouth State, 0-2, will try for its first win of the season next Saturday at William Paterson University in New Jersey (1:00 p.m.). UMD, which was 20-3 over the last two seasons prior to 2004, improves to 1-1 this fall and will open New England Football Conference action next Saturday at Bridgewater State (1:00 p.m.).
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