Riding high off their first road win in an opening game since 2009 two weeks ago against Pace, Millersville football was set for their home opener versus IUP this past Saturday.
The Marauders came out hoping to still ride the winning wave in front of a decent crowd at Biemesderfer Stadium; a crowd which fizzled out by the middle of the third quarter.
It was clear that Millersville simply was not prepared to take on the Crimson Hawks. IUP quickly forced a three and out for the Marauder offense on their first drive giving the ball to the Crimson Hawks on the Marauder 44-yard line.
On the Crimson Hawks’ first snap quarterback Quinton Maxwell handed off the ball on an outside sweep to running back Duane Brown, who took it 46 yards to the house for a touchdown.
IUP went on to score 47 more unanswered points throughout the whole game totaling 54 points and beating Millersville 54-0, in what was a demolishing and disappointing loss for the Marauders.
The Millersville offense totaled only 26 total yards, including negative 22 rushing yards. The inability to run the ball makes it predictable that the offense is going to pass, and the Marauders failed to even do that.
Recording only 48 passing yards between two quarterbacks the Marauder offense was absent in Saturday’s loss. Collin Shank started the game at the helm before exiting in the second quarter after taking a brutal hit that left Shank discombobulated. Shank went 4-11 for 30 yards before handing over the play calling duties to T.J. Pergine.
Pergine is a young freshman who made his collegiate debut and his inexperience showed. Struggling against a strong IUP defense, the young QB played the entire second half going just 2-17 with an interception.
The offense was abominable and the defense gave them no help either. The Marauder D gave up a total of 560 total yards. IUP capitalized on what Millersville couldn’t which led to the overall dominance.
The Crimson Hawks had a big day through the air recording 399 yards as the Millersville defense couldn’t contain IUP’s passing game. IUP’s rushing attack also shined with 161 yards. The Crimson Hawks held the ball for more than half the game with a time of possession of 37:24.
IUP has handled Millersville for a long time as MU is 5-15 against IUP with the last win coming in 2001. The Crimson Hawks have won the last seven match ups between the two teams.
If Millersville makes mistakes at the rate they did and against a team like IUP, it will make it nearly impossible to win a game going forward.
The Marauders schedule doesn’t get any easier this weekend as they will travel to No. 11 Slippery Rock. Hopefully head coach J.C. Morgan comes in with a better game plan so the Marauders do not fall to be the laughingstock of the PSAC.