Defensive end Jarrell Chandler broke through St. John Fisher's offensive line to sack quarterback Tim Bailey on fourth down and seal a 58-52 victory yesterday in Rochester, N.Y., for No. 20 Salisbury, which defeated the No. 25 Cardinals in four overtimes.
The Salisbury players spilled onto the field and celebrated a huge nonconference win for the Sea Gulls (5-1) before an announced 740 at Growney Stadium.
The victory kept alive Salisbury's playoff hopes, which looked bleak late in the fourth quarter. Sea Gulls quarterback Ronnie Curley (7-for-12 passing, 97 yards) scrambled for a 7-yard gain on third down and advanced to the Cardinals' 5-yard line before he fumbled. St. John Fisher (3-3) recovered at the 4 with 3:32 left and with a seven-point lead, 38-31.
Salisbury fumbled the ball seven times and lost five to St. John Fisher.
The Cardinals could not run the clock out, only using two minutes, as the Sea Gulls' defense forced a punt. Salisbury started the game-tying drive at its 41 with 1:36 left.
Curley was able to hit his favorite targets of the day, sophomore running back Bryan Woolson (two receptions, 39 yards) and senior wide receiver Kevin Tillage (two receptions, 15 yards), three times and added rushes of 17 and 14 yards.
The latter run put the ball at the 1 with less than 40 seconds left. Senior back Shelby Fisher (18 carries, 83 yards) rumbled in with 33 seconds left. Freshman Tommy Kowalick tacked on the extra point to send the game into overtime.
FROSTBURG STATE 21, SOUTHERN VIRGINIA 13: : Sophomore running back Anton Wade (Patterson) scored a pair of touchdowns and Frostburg State caused five turnovers and scored three touchdowns in the second half to rally past host Southern Virginia. The Bobcats improved to 2-3 while the Knights (1-6) lost their fifth straight game.
ELIZABETH CITY STATE 29, BOWIE STATE 28: : Elizabeth City State (4-3, 4-0 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) faked what would have been a game-tying extra point and scored a two-point conversion with 3:05 remaining in the game to defeat host Bowie State (2-4, 1-3).