FDU FOOTBALL FALLS TO NUMBER ONE LYCOMING, 42-6


Williamsport, PA -- Lycoming College, ranked number one in the nation by Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette, romped over the Fairleigh Dickinson University football team today , 42-6, behind 467 yards of total offense in Williamsport, PA. The Devils fall to 0-4 on the season and 0-2 in the Middle Atlantic Conference-Freedom League. The Warriors remain perfect at 3-0 and are 2-0 in the league. FDU has now lost a school record 15 straight games and has not won since the second to last game of the 1996 season, when they defeated King's College, 32-38, in Madison.

Lycoming tailback Brian Thompson led the Warriors on the ground with 126 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown to go with a pair of catches for 13 yards. Quarterback Jason Marracccini completed 13 of 22 pass attempts for 222 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a pair of scores.

Lycoming took a 7-0 lead with 4:43 to go in the opening quarter when Marraccini capped a 76-yard, seven play drive, with a one-yard sneak, which was followed by a good extra point from John Schaffer. Marraccini hit Joe Regenski for a 58-yard gain on 3-6 from the Warriors own 28-yard line during the drive, Marraccini found Jake Maskerines for a 13-yard TD strike with 11:31 showing in the second period to put Lycoming ahead, 13-0, after a failed kick by Shaffer. Thompson fueled the drive with a 45-yard run from the Lycoming 35-yard line on third and one. Marraccini gave the warriors a 21-0 advantage with a 20-yard scramble for a touchdown with 5:02 left to play in the first half. Marraccini dropped in a toss to Maskerines for a two-point conversion. A 47-yard pass from Marraccini bounced off Regenski and into the hands of Tim Dumas to put Lycoming on the Devils 18-yard line.

Maccarrini erased a third and 12 situation from the Warriors 43-yard line when he connected with Maskerines for a 43-yard pass play to put Lycoming on the FDU 11-yard line. Thompson later ran in a three-yard TD with 6:40 to go in the third quarter to give the Warriors a 28-0 lead.

The Devils came back on an 81-yard scoring drive capped by a 25-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Mike Morgan (Hackettstown, NJ) to sophomore wideout Colin Grenon (Hackettstown, NJ) with 14:08 on the fourth period clock to cut the lead to 28-6 after a missed PAT. Junior fullback Eddie Violette (Kingwood, TX) led the drive with 45 rushing yards on 10 carries.

The Warriors answered right away with a five-play drive that ended with Jason Davis scoring on a 25-yard jaunt into the endzone with 11:35 left in the game to give Lycoming a 34-6 lead after Shaffer was wide on the extra point attempt. The Warriors didn't waste any time on its next scoring drive either, putting eight more points on the board on a five-play, 45-yard drive that took less than two minutes. Bob Miller scored on a five-yard run that was set up by a 29-yard run by Tim Deasey. Dumas ran in a two-point conversion on the kick attempt to give Lycoming a 42-6 lead.

Dumas pulled in five passes for 81 yards and Maskerines caught two passes for 56 yards and a score to lead the Warriors receiving corps. Cameron Coleman was the top defender for Lycoming with nine tackles, a sack for seven yards, and two tackles for a loss of 14 yards. Jesse Gambone made seven hits, while adding a interception. Violette led the Devils ground attack with a career-high 107 yards on 23 carries. Morgan finished the day going, 6-18 with 70 yards and a touchdown pass, while being picked off twice. Sophomore receiver Mike Quigley (Manalapan, NJ) hauled in three passes for 39 yards, while Grenon snared a pair of balls for 36 yards and a score. Junior linebacker Tom Pouliot (Hillsborough, NJ). led the FDU defense with 11 tackles (10 solo), while recording a pair of sacks for a loss of 24 yards, and recovering two fumbles. Junior Jon Roman (Wayne, NJ) made seven tackles, including 1.5 sacks for a loss of 18 yards, and four tackles for a loss of 27 yards.