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Sep 27, 2014 8:27 PM

UMass-Dartmouth gets the best of Plymouth State

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PLYMOUTH - Junior Preston Cooper and senior Abiola Aborishade combined for 300 yards of offense Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 20-5 victory over Plymouth State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) football contest at Currier Field.

Cooper rushed 24 times for 155 yards and two scores, and also caught two passes for 13 yards. Aborishade caught 13 passes for 132 yards from sophomore quarterback Cory Burnham, who completed 26-of-41 passes for 268 yards.

The Corsairs evened their record at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the MASCAC while the Panthers drop to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

After recording a safety, the Panthers pulled to within a point, 6-5, on a 34-yard field goal by senior Rob Giles midway through the second quarter. UMD had nine-play and 10-play drives stalled when PSU stopped the Corsairs on fourth down, so the visitors held a 6-5 lead at halftime.

Both teams had multiple possessions in the third quarter, with UMD putting up the only points on a 10-yard scoring run by Burham. The TD came two plays after freshman Diego Hebra (Concord) recovered a Panther fumble at the PSU 5-yard line. Burnham connected with senior Jake Scott on a two-point conversion to give UMD a 14-5 lead.

UMD rounded out the scoring in the fourth quarter on Cooper's one-yard run with 6:33 to play, culminating a nine-play, 66-yard drive. Cooper's extra point rushing attempt failed.

Senior Zack Wilkins led the PSU defense with nine tackles (seven solo). SophomoreJoe Walsh forced a fumble and finished with eight stops, including two for lost yardage and one sack.


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