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College Football: Rams get Cross with Wesleyan

October 06, 2012

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Freshman Allen Cross rushed 19 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns, and senior quarterback Bobby Cooper completed 14 of 23 passes for 198 yards and two TDs to lead Shepherd University to a 37-6 win over West Virginia Wesleyan in West Virginia Conference action at Ram Stadium on Saturday.

Shepherd (5-1, 4-0) took a 7-0 lead when Cooper hit freshman Billy Brown on a 15-yard scoring strike in the corner of the end zone with 5:45 left in the first quarter. Redshirt freshman Ryan Earls added the extra point.

West Virginia Wesleyan (2-4, 1-2) cut the lead to 7-6 when Brian Vukela picked off a pass and rambled 21 yards for a score with 8:06 left in the second quarter. Kasper Bernild’s PAT attempt went wide right.

Shepherd took a 10-6 lead into halftime after Earls connected on a 26-yard field goal with 29 seconds left in the first half.

Cross took control in the second half. He scored on a 12-yard scamper with 11:46 left in the third quarter to give the Rams a 16-6 advantage, added a 25-yard TD with 6:53 left in the third to extend the lead to 23-6, and scored his third touchdown on a 2-yard plunge with 12:57 left in the fourth to raise Shepherd’s lead to 30-6.

Cooper found junior tight end Anthony Weisenmiller for a 28-yard score with 6:30 left to complete the scoring.

Senior Robert Byrd led Shepherd receivers with five catches for 91 yards. The Rams finished with 373 yards of total offense while limiting West Virginia Wesleyan to 205 — and just 26 rushing yards.

Senior linebacker A.J. Parrish made seven tackles to pace the Rams’ defense. Senior cornerback Keon Robinson had five tackles and an interception. The Rams also got interceptions from senior outside linebacker Dominic Tolson and junior safety David Carter.

Jeremy Musselman connected on 17 of 40 passes for 179 yards for West Virginia Wesleyan. Lavaughn Hughes had five catches for 71 yards. Vukela led the defense with 11 tackles.

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