FROSTBURG, Md. – The No. 19/20 Wesley College football team took down the No. 11/9 ranked Frostburg St. Bobcats, 27-24, in an overtime thriller on Saturday in New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) action.
Trailing Frostburg 10-7 at the halftime break, Wesley came out firing when Khaaliq Burroughs hit Alex Kemp for a 56-yard touchdown on Wesley's opening drive of the second half. Nick Bruhn capped the one-play drive with an extra point.
After Frostburg's Connor Cox was intercepted by Shareef Jefferies, Burroughs swung a pass out to E.J. Lee who took it 67 yards for a touchdown. Bruhn point-after attempt was good to give Wesley a 21-10 lead just over five and a half minutes into the second half.
On Wesley's next offensive drive, the Wolverines were inside the Frostburg 20-yard line when FSU's Monte Jones forced a Lee fumble inside the five-yard line which was recovered by Josh Scales at the one-yard line.
Frostburg capitalized on the Wesley turnover when Cox connected with Sergio Andino in the back of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown following a 79-yard run by Gavin Lavat.
Frostburg took the lead 24-21 when Cox completed an 18-yard pass to Joe Beckford for a touchdown with 7:40 left in regulation.
Marcquan Greene gave Wesley great field position on the ensuing kickoff put the ball on the Frostburg 42-yard line. Wesley got into the red zone following a 42-yard completion from Burroughs to Andrew Eagle that put Wesley at the 15-yard line. After three run plays that couldn't punch the ball into the end zone, Bruhn's boot from 26 yards out tied the game at 24 with 4:45 left in regulation.
Frostburg had a chance to win the game on their final possession, pushing the ball down to Wesley's 32-yard line. But, Hassan Mostafa's 49-yard attempt went wide right to send the game to overtime.
Wesley got the opening possession of overtime and Bruhn nailed a 35-yard field goal to give Wesley the 27-24 lead in the first overtime.
Frostburg took over possession in the first overtime and lined up for their own field goal attempt in hopes to send the game to another overtime. The Wesley defensive line got pressure up the middle on Mostafa's kick and Stephen Yorkman got his hand on it to seal the victory for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines notched 439 yards of total offense. Burroughs went 14-for-23 passing for 244 yards and three touchdowns. Burroughs also picked up 57 rushing yards on 13 attempts. Lee carried the ball 24 times for 138 yards. Lee also added 67 yards receiving on his touchdown reception from Burroughs in the third quarter.
Kemp reeled in eight passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Eagle caught two passes from Burroughs for 58 yards.
Bruhn went a perfect 2-of-2 in field goal attempts and 3-of-3 in point-after tries.
Cappadonna Miller paced the Wolverine defense with 12 tackles and an interception. Yorkman and Samer Manna each recorded 11 tackles. Yorkman added 1.5 tackles for loss. DaJahn Lowery and Mike Sabino each registered nine tackles while Lowery forced and recovered a Beckford fumble in the second quarter.
The Wolverines (4-1, 4-0 NJAC) will return to Dover next Saturday when they host the Kean Cougars for Wesley's annual Homecoming game. Kickoff of the NJAC clash from Drass Field at Scott D. Miller is set for 1 p.m.