Glassboro, N.J. (11/5/16) – The Kean University football team topped Rowan University for just the second time in series history on the road by the final of 24-10 on Saturday afternoon in NJAC action.
The Cougars and Profs are both 5-4 overall and 4-4 in the conference.
Kean last defeated Rowan on their own field back in 1987.
Running back Brian Matthews led Kean with 174 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries (7.6 avg). Wide receiver Ben Guarino caught two passes for 80 yards and a score while wideout LeRon Dillard made three receptions for 48 yards. Quarterbacks Tyler Rodriguez and Charles App threw for 83 and 56 yards respectively. Rodriguez had a touchdown pass.
Linebacker Robert Meade III had a game-high 12 tackles, one for a loss, and forced a fumble. Linebacker Darin Hungerford posted 10 stops, two for a loss, and recovered a fumble while Stephan Lewis and David Coleman Jr. totaled eight and seven tackles respectively. Lewis forced two fumbles while defensive back Austin Davis and Coleman Jr. each had one interception.
For Rowan, running back Gawain Bragg ran for 47 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts. Wide receiver Zac Frantz had six catches for 78 yards. Wideouts Jamel Smith and Dashown Waller and Bragg made five receptions apiece. Quarterback Dante Pinckney was 25-of-47 for 264 yards.
Defensive back Bobby Barbieri and defensive lineman David Gajderowicz registered six tackles apiece.
Early in the second quarter, the Profs advanced into Kean territory to the Cougars' 36-yard line. On fourth-and-two, Waller gained one yard and the Kean defense forced a turnover on downs. On the first play of the ensuing possession, Rodriguez hit Guarino (pictured left) for a 65-yard scoring strike and the Cougars took a 7-0 lead with 12:05 on the clock.
After a Kean punt, Rowan took over at its own 29. On the first play, Davis undercut a screen pass and picked off Pinckney. Davis took it 26 yards into the end zone for a 14-0 advantage (10:19).
Later in the period, the Cougars had the ball at their 38. Matthews began with a three-yard run then sprinted for a 59-yard touchdown. The extra point gave Kean a 21-0 lead with 5:37 left.
On the next drive, the Profs went 57 yards on 10 plays to get on the scoreboard. Kicker Tyler Knighton booted a 23-yard field goal to make the score 21-3 (0:34) going into halftime.
Kean received the second half kickoff and marched 58 yards on 11 plays. The big play came when App found Dillard for a 23-yard gain on third-and-five and kicker Aryeh Moslavi converted a 34-yard field goal (9:25) for a 24-3 lead.
Rowan took over at its own 21 with 4:49 remaining in the third. Bragg capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter and Rowan cut the deficit to 24-10.
The Profs moved the ball inside Kean territory on their next possession but Coleman intercepted Pinckney to end the threat. The Cougars had an opportunity to add three more points but Moslavi hit the crossbar on a 43-yard field goal attempt. After a Rowan punt, Kean was able to run out the clock.
The Cougars close out the regular season on Saturday when they host Montclair State University on senior day.