Philadelphia, Pa. (11/18/16) – Junior Aryeh Moslavi converted a 26 yard field goal with time expiring to break a 27-all deadlock, giving Kean University a 30-27 ECAC Clayton Chapman Bowl Championship.
With four seconds remaining, Moslavi converted his third attempt of the day sending the Cougars onto the field in dramatic fashion for their second straight ECAC Championship.
With 193 rushing yards today, junior Brian Matthews was named the Most Outstanding Player of the bowl game. Matthews eclipsed the 1,000 mark for the season, finishing with 1,150 for the year.
Trailing 7-0, the Cougars (7-4) made the most of their first possession as they marched down the field, covering 68 yards in 12 plays. Matthews registered 37 rushing yards in the drive. Quarterback Charles App ended the series with 18 passing yards before scampering in for the touchdown.
The Kean defense forced a three and out on the Red Dragons (5-6) next series and the Cougars capitalized taking their first lead of the game, 14-7. David Patterson Jr. caught a key 22 yard diving catch in the possession. Senior LeRon Dillard capped off the drive with a five yard over the shoulder catch.
After three turnovers (two Cortland, one Kean) all on interceptions with only one other play in between, the Cougars settled down and punched across another TD, this one coming on the hands of defensive back David Coleman Jr. who scored his first collegiate touchdown as a member of the offensive for a three yard rush, ending a 72 yard, 10 play drive, midway through the second quarter.
It was Austin Davis' turn on the next drive, as he picked up his 15th career interception, setting up Kean in their own territory at the 25 yard line. The Cougars picked up big gains in the air as Ben Guarino hauled in a 35 yard pass to put them into Red Dragon territory and later on with a 25 yard touchdown catch for the 27-7 lead.
A late Cortland touchdown just before the half left Kean with a 27-14 advantage at the break.
In what could only be called a wild and crazy second half, the Red Dragons drove 88 yards on 12 plays to inch closer at 27-21 and later tied the game at 27-all in the fourth quarter with a seven yard rush from Zach Tripodi. Cortland had the opportunity to take the lead with the extra point attempt but the kick hit the upright and bounced left.
In the second half there were three missed field goals (two by Kean that were blocked by the Red Dragons and one from Cortland that sailed left).
In the final series the Cougars started at their own 13 yard line with just over two minutes on the clock. Facing a 3rd-and-4 on their own 19 yard line, App was able to tip-toe down the sideline, gaining 13 yards for the first down. App later found Dillard for a 21 yard strike and Patterson for 11 more, pushing Kean into Cortland territory. With third down and a long 14, the Red Dragons interfered with Patterson in the end zone, giving Kean new life with a fresh set of downs. With time expiring the Cougars were able to pull off one more play as Dillard completed a pass to App, setting up Moslavi for what would be the game-winner.
App was 22-of-30 for 261 yards and two touchdowns in the air and another 72 yards on the ground with a rushing TD. In total the Cougars had 585 yards of total offense, their highest output of the season and best since September of last year.
Defensively Kean had three interceptions (Davis, Vaughn Scott and Robert Meade III) while Coleman had a team-high seven tackles to go along with his touchdown. The unit also had six breakups, with three from Samir Venable.