Bridgewater, Mass. (9/10/16) - The Kean University football team edged Bridgewater State University, 15-14 on Saturday afternoon at Swenson Field.
Kean (1-1) took advantage of the Bears' first turnover of the game midway through the first quarter as David Coleman Jr. recovered a fumble forced by Darin Hungerford (pictured left) at the BSU 26 yard-line. The Cougars moved the ball inside the ten, but had to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Aryeh Moslavi.
On the ensuing Bridgewater drive, Austin Davis picked off a Danny Higgins' pass at the Kean 14-yard line. The Cougars then marched 86 yards on 11 plays capped off by a nine-yard touchdown pass from Charles App to Ben Guarino to increase the advantage to 10-0.
The Bears (0-2) responded with a ten-play, 65-yard drive resulting in a Malik Garrett five-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 10-7 with 12:33 remaining in the second quarter.
That would be all scoring in the opening stanza, however, as the two teams punted five times in the second quarter. The Cougars also forced their third turnover of the half on a Robert Meade III interception.
The teams punted three times to open the second half. Following a Kean punt which resulted in a touchback, Bridgewater took over at its' own 20-yard line. Twelve plays later, Garrett punched it in from four yards out to give the Bears a 14-10 lead with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter.
The Bears got a stop on the ensuing Kean drive, but Steve Ferlisi was able to drop the punt inside the five yard line where it was downed. The very next play, a Higgins' pass attempt was deflected at the line. Higgins caught the ball but was tackled by Hungerford in the end zone for a safety.
Now trailing by just two (14-12), the Cougars took over at their own 47 following the free kick. The 13-play drive stalled at the BSU seven, and Moslavi booted a 24-yard field goal to put the Cougars back on top, 15-14, with 10:24 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Bridgewater moved the ball down to the Kean 22 on the ensuing drive, but on fourth-and four, Coleman intercepted a Higgins' pass to end the threat. The Bears had one last chance late in the quarter starting at their own 21, but were unable to move the ball.
Hungerford finished with eight tackles including three for loss and forced a fumble to pace the Kean defense. Meade added six solo stops to go along with his interception. The Cougars limited the Bears to 258 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers.
Ferlisi averaged 42.1 yards on eight punts and place three inside the 20.
App completed 8 of 15 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 58 yards. Brian Matthews led all players with 105 yards on the ground on 30 carries.
Kean finished with 213 yards rushing and 282 yards of total offense. The Cougars also had the advantage in time of possession as they controlled the ball for over 35 minutes.
The Cougars host The College of New Jersey next Friday night at seven in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) matchup for their home opener.