Union, N.J. (11/12/16) – The Kean University defense picked up two touchdowns on interceptions as football topped NJAC rival Montclair State University by the final of 20-10 on Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale.
The Cougars (6-4, 5-4 NJAC) now await the ECAC Bowl selections on Monday at noon via Facebook live.
For the second straight season, Kean defeated every New Jersey based and original members of the NJAC.
After a four and out series for both schools to start the contest, the Cougars broke through with the game's first score as Austin Davis dashed in front of his receiver and returned the ball 54 yards for the pick-six.
Neither team's offense was able to get anything going, but the defense came up again for Kean as this time it was David Coleman Jr. who was credited with the pick-six, returning the interception for 30 yards early in the second quarter.
The Red Hawk (4-6, 3-6 NJAC) defense set up their offense as Jabari Garvin snagged an interception of his own returning the ball 24 yards deep into Kean territory setting up first and goal. Facing a third and goal from the two yard line, John DiStefano was able to push through to break up the shutout.
During MSU's first play of their first possession of the second half, Peter Lejawa forced a fumble, which was recovered by Darin Hungerford, giving Kean possession just outside the redzone. Aryeh Moslavi punched through a 33 yard field goal to extend the lead to ten.
DiStefano answered on the first play from scrimmage in their next possession and brought the ball down to the Kean nine yard line with a 59 yard dash. The drive would stall there and MSU settled for a 25 yard field goal from Frank Schneeber to make it a one possession game.
The Cougars intercepted the ball for the third time in the contest, this time by Vaughn Scott which gave Kean great field position again. Moslavi pushed the lead back out to 10 with an 18 yard field goal to start the fourth quarter.
Hungerford (pictured left) led all defenders with 15 total tackles, including 4.5 for a loss, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Coleman ended the game with seven tackles, one interception and two breakups.
For the Red Hawks, DiStefano netted 208 yards on the ground with one touchdown, accounting for 74% percent of his team's total yardage on the day. On defense, Vincent Cordasco collected nine tackles while Nick Volpe had three tackles, all for a loss, with one breakup.