Millersville paid a visit to Edinboro and lost 21-9 to the Fighting Scots Saturday afternoon. The Marauders finished the 2014 season with a record of 1-10.
On their first offensive possession, a holding penalty on Millersville erased a Matt Misley touchdown run. However, the Marauders were able to reach the Edinboro 14-yard line. Millersville took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter from a 4 yard Matt Misley pass to freshman tight end Tyler Zilen. The reception was Zilen’s first collegiate career touchdown. The touchdown drive had 17 plays for 96 yards and its duration lasted over half of the second quarter.
On the next drive, quarterback Matt Misley was ejected due to a personal foul penalty. With time expiring in the first half, Aaron Walker capped off the off a goal-line stance by stopping Scot quarterback Cody Harris at the one yard line.
In the beginning of the third quarter, the Marauders were able to move towards field goal range at the Edinboro 22. Marauder kicker Evan Stahl’s 52-yard field goal attempt was blocked. Edinboro managed to score two touchdowns in the third quarter on both offense and defense. Corey Beck returned a 30-yard interception thrown by JJ Paige. Quarterback Cody Harris connected with Darren Massey for 16-yard pass to the end zone.
Massey’s touchdown gave the Fighting Scots the lead, and they never looked back. Paige’s second interception returned by Edinboro’s Marcus Hill made their lead-obtaining two play, 60-yard drive a reality.
Freshmen Malont’a Patterson and Kevin Wiggins finished their freshmen seasons on high notes. Patterson was able to reach 515 yards from his six catches for 88 yards on Saturday. Wiggins’s three catches allowed him to finish with 43 catches this season.
Wiggins became the first freshman ever to lead the team in catches. Another freshman, running back Phil Vass finished the day would 150 yards rushing on 23 carries. Despite the loss, the Millersville defense shined by holding the Scots to -17 rushing on 18 carries in 204 yards of total offense. Saturday’s game marked the fewest total on offense made by an opposing team since Oct. 21, 2006.
The Marauder defense also sacked the opposing quarterback six times. Safety Sean Dugan recorded two of the sacks and made a career-best nine tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. It was the first time since Oct. 22, 2005 at the Marauders were able to sack the opposing quarterback six times.