Shippensburg rips Rams

September 05, 2004


SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Shippensburg University recorded its second straight win in the Great Valley Classic against Shepherd University with a dominating 35-7 triumph on Saturday.

Shippensburg (2-0) totaled 527 total yards on offense, led by John Kuhn with 149 yards and two touchdowns.

Shepherd (0-2) was limited to 48 yards on the ground and 229 yards total.

The Rams fell behind 14-0 at halftime and then came out in the third period to cut the deficit to 14-7 when quarterback Leonard Ferguson connected with Rodney Jackson on a 67-yard touchdown pass at the 12:11 mark.

Shippensburg followed with three consecutive scores to put the game out of reach.

Ferguson was 9 of 25 through the air for 180 yards for the Rams and Jackson was on the end of four receptions for 101 yards.

W. Va. Wesleyan 27, Mansfield 14

MANSFIELD, Pa. - T.R. Dues scored two touchdowns and West Virginia Wesleyan scored four times off Mansfield turnovers.


Dues, who rushed for 79 yards, scored on a 13-yard run two plays after Alan Krutulis intercepted a Mansfield pass and returned it to the Mansfield 14-yard line.

Joe Bennett caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from David Fetzer to tie the score for Mansfield 7-7 with 5:05 remaining in the first quarter. Mansfield (0-2) took a 14-7 lead on a 3-yard plunge by Earnest McNeal, who led all rushers with 109 yards on 33 carries.

But West Virginia Wesleyan (1-1) recovered a Mansfield fumble on the 38-yard line with 40 seconds left in the first half and scored two plays later on an 8-yard run by Dues.

Krutulis intercepted another pass in the third quarter and returned it to the Mansfield 3-yard line, setting up a 1-yard score by Max Williams. With 9:55 remaining in the game, Mike Hibbert returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown.

Fairmont St. 38, Charleston, W.Va. 24

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The University of Charleston drew first blood but was unable to stop Fairmont State from opening its season with a 38-24 win.

Wendell Johnson ran in three of Fairmont's touchdowns amid 16 carries for 147 yards, while Jo Jo Parker scored once and had 23 carries for 118 yards.

Chris Moore opened things up for Charleston (1-1) with a 94-yard touchdown run at just 14:53 in the first quarter. But Fairmont got on the board in what became a busy first quarter with the first of the game's two safeties.

Johnson and Parker both scored in the first quarter, as did Marlon Burnette with a fumble recovery. Charleston's Moore scored a second time in the quarter with a 55-yard run, and ended the game with 207 yards over 18 carries.

West Liberty 39, Geneva 14

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. - Jay Gullion threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns to help West Liberty overpower Geneva.

The sophomore from Waverly, Ohio, went 17 for 25 with no interceptions as the Hilltoppers went 2-0 for the first time since 1999.

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