FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Junior quarterback Bobby Cooper completed 12 of 23 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, while senior Tommy Addison rushed for a game-high 114 yards on 22 carries to lead Shepherd University to a 38-21 win over Fairmont State in West Virginia Conference action Saturday.
Shepherd (9-2, 6-2) took a 3-0 lead with 22 seconds left in the first quarter on senior Eric Dobratz’s 22-yard field goal.
The Rams increased their lead to 10-0 on sophomore Kenny Williams’ 1-yard plunge with 12:28 left in the second quarter.
Fairmont (7-4, 4-4) cut the lead to 10-7 minutes later when quarterback Logan Moore connected with Chris St. Hillaire on a 9-yard scoring strike.
After Shepherd was stopped on its next possession, Ryland Newman returned a punt 72 yards for a score with 7:51 left in the second quarter to give the Falcons a 14-10 lead at halftime.
Shepherd took a 17-14 lead with 9:18 left in the third quarter when Cooper teamed with senior Neal Hardie on a 22-yard score.
The Rams increased their lead to 24-14 when Williams scored on a two-yard run with 23 seconds left in the third quarter.
Senior cornerback Elijah Davis picked off a pass and raced 80 yards for a score with 13:30 left in the fourth quarter to give the Rams a 31-14 advantage. It’s Davis’ fourth interception-return TD this season and the eighth by a Shepherd player.
Cooper tossed a 2-yard scoring pass to Hardie with 10:44 left to increase the lead to 38-14.
Dobratz became the all-time leading scoring kicker in conference history with 280 points, surpassing the old mark of 275 set by West Liberty’s Billy Hager (2005-08).
Williams had 14 carries for 54 yards for the Rams. Moore rushed 18 times for 30 yards to lead the Falcons.
Senior Nikkolai Norrell had four catches for 48 yards and Hardie added four grabs for 40 yards for Shepherd. St. Hillaire had seven catches for 86 yards for Fairmont.
Shepherd totaled 321 yards of offense, while Fairmont had 214 — just 43 on the ground.
Sophomore Mike Franklin recorded nine tackles and sophomore Howard Jones had three sacks to pace the Shepherd defense. Dewey McDonald had 12 tackles to lead the Falcons.