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48 vs. Salisbury
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0 Kean
28 vs. Salisbury
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7 TCNJ
38 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Sep/29 Final
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42 Salisbury
0 at Wm. Paterson
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27 Salisbury
24 at Chris. Newport
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17 vs. Salisbury
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33 Salisbury
0 at Southern Virginia
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7 at Rowan
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7 vs. Salisbury
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63 Salisbury
28 at Albright
Sat, Sep/14 Final
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19 Wis.-Oshkosh
24 vs. Salisbury
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27 Salisbury
24 at Montclair St.
Sat, Oct/12 Final
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38 Wesley
45 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Oct/19 Final
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38 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Oct/26 Final
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65 Salisbury
16 at Kean
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0 Chris. Newport
51 vs. Salisbury
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20 at TCNJ
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13 at Wm. Paterson
Sat, Nov/23 Final
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62 vs. Salisbury
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8 vs. Salisbury
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32 Salisbury
30 at Wesley
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5 Chris. Newport
30 vs. Salisbury
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27 Salisbury
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24 Salisbury
7 at Rowan
Sat, Oct/23 Final
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6 Kean
38 vs. Salisbury
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84 Salisbury
14 at Chris. Newport
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23 TCNJ
37 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Nov/13 Final
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38 vs. Salisbury
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45 Johns Hopkins
20 vs. Salisbury
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35 at Stevenson
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14 Ave Maria
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No. 11/13 Football clinches NJAC title with 37-23 win over TCNJ

No. 11/13 Football clinches NJAC title with 37-23 win over TCNJ

SALISBURY, Md. – A wild back-and-forth battle ended with the No. 11/13 Salisbury University football team clinching its second consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament and its third straight New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship with a 37-23 victory over the TCNJ Lions on Saturday.

It is the fourth NJAC title since Salisbury joined the NJAC as an associate member in 2015.

BOX SCORE

PHOTOS

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter

  • Three plays into Salisbury's first drive, Billy Gant connected with Hunter Cleaver on a slant with a 51-yard touchdown pass. The point-after attempt was blocked and returned by TCNJ's Joe Ciempola for a defensive two-point conversion.
  • The two teams traded punts midway through the first, Salisbury got the ball on a goal-to-go situation after a 38-yard run by Gant. The drive stalled near the goal line and Bert Schrecongost knocked in a 21-yard field goal attempt to put Salisbury up 9-2 with three minutes to go in the first.
  • The passing game got going again near the end of the first. Gant found Chad Gleason on a quick seam for a 28-yard touchdown to push Salisbury's lead to 16-2.

Second Quarter

  • A couple of special teams miscues by Salisbury kept the game level at 16-2 until Charles Barley jumped a Stephen Begen curl route and returned it 35 yards for a pick-six.
  • On the first play of the ensuing drive, the TCNJ offense took advantage of a double move and Begen found Max Hayford for a 77-yard touchdown pass to cut the Salisbury lead to 23-9 with 3:27 left in the half.
  • TCNJ kept the momentum after the touchdown. Nick Celli forced Gant to fumble and the ball was returned to the one-yard line. Mark Pacini took it into the endzone a play later to trim the SU lead to 23-16.
  • Salisbury stopped the brief TCNJ run on the next drive. A play after a 72-yard gallop by Gleason, Gant scampered to score from three yards out to give the maroon and gold the 30-16 lead at the half.

Fourth Quarter

  • After a scoreless third, TCNJ struck first in the second half when Begen scored off a six-yard quarterback sweep to bring the game to within one score, 30-23, with 12:31 left in regulation.
  • Salisbury added insurance courtesy of a 45-yard Gleason run to extend the lead to 37-23. The defense stood tall to declaw the Lions.

SALISBURY GAME NOTES

  • Salisbury totaled 454 yards of offense with 340 rushing yards.
  • Chad Gleason only carried the ball three times but registered 146 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Gleason also reeled in a pair of passes for 38 yards and a receiving score.
  • Billy Gant was 5-for-14 passing for 114 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Gant also tallied 20 rushes for a season-best 96 yards and a rushing touchdown.
  • Joey Bildstein recorded eight rushes for 58 yards.
  • Hunter Cleaver's lone reception was the 51-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
  • The front seven played well for the Sea Gulls with five sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 13 rushing yards.
  • Charles Barley had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown. It was the second consecutive game with a defensive score. Barley also added a fumble recovery.
  • Jimmy Celentano led all tacklers with 10 stops, including 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
  • Jamere Furbush tallied seven tackles.
  • Sam Pagella and Sam Pavlick each notched five stops. Pavlick added two tackles for loss while Pagella had 1.5 tackles for loss.

TCNJ GAME NOTES

  • Stephen Begen was 14-of-31 passing for 221 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
  • Max Heyford had a game-high four receptions for 112 yards and a score.
  • TCNJ forced four Salisbury turnovers with three fumbles and an interception.
  • Michael Siwak led TCNJ with nine tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.

UP NEXT

  • Salisbury will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 13 against the William Paterson Pioneers.
  • The NJAC contest with kickoff at 1 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium.
  • Before the game, Salisbury will recognize its graduating seniors for Senior Day.

Salisbury University is a proud member of NCAA Division III with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, along with the New Jersey Athletic Conference for football and the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference for men's and women's swimming. With over 500 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports, SU is recognized as one of the most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs regardless of division, and dedicated coaches and staff that foster excellence on-and-off the field. The Sea Gulls have celebrated 22 team national championships, 24 individual national champions, 184 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.

To learn more about the tradition of excellence with Sea Gull Athletics, visit www.SUSeaGulls.com or on social media @SUSeaGulls.