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College Football Roundup: Banuskevich, defense lift PSU

October 08. 2017 2:48AM

PLYMOUTH - Plymouth State's defense controlled the game in a 17-7 victory over Bridgewater State on Currier Field on Saturday.

Bridgewater State (1-4 overall, 1-3 MASCAC) couldn't stop junior running back Mitch Banuskevich, of Milford, who totaled 208 total yards.

Plymouth State (5-1, 3-1) remains in second place in the MASCAC with the victory.

Bridgewater State's Stephano D'Emilia threw for 178 yards, going on 22 for 43 in the loss.

Plymouth scored on its opening drive. Banuskevich gained more than 60 yards on the 11-play, 73-yard march and found the end zone on a 12-yard reception from junior quarterback Zack Edwards.

Bridgewater State responded, driving 56 yards in 12 plays. A fumble recovery in the end zone after a 1-yard rush by Alex McLaughlin evened the score 7-7.

In the second half, Plymouth State junior Sean Peet broke through the line and got deflected a Bridgewater State punt. Sophomore Prince Gbaley of found the ball in his hands 20 yards downfield and ran in uncontested to double the Panthers' lead, 14-7.

Plymouth made it a two-score game in the fourth quarter. After driving six plays and 47 yards, freshman kicker Jeremy Martin chipped a 25-yard field goal through the uprights.

Edwards finished 11-for-21 with 111 yards. Gbaley's two interceptions gave Plymouth both of their defensive turnovers.

Ravens end losing skid

Sophomore back Kobie Smith rushed for 176 yards and three scores on Saturday, while freshman Tionne Brown added 99 rushing yards of his own, as the Franklin Pierce University sprint football league bounced back from a pair of shutout defeats with a 28-0 win on the road at Post. The duo led a 316-yard rushing attack for the Ravens in Collegiate Sprint Football League North Division in Waterbury, Conn.

With the win, Franklin Pierce improves to 2-2 (1-1 North Division). Post falls to 0-3 (0-2 North Division).

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