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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Indiana (Pa.) routs SCSU in season opener on the gridiron

Indiana (Pa.) runs over Southern

From staff reports

Harvie Tuck and Montay Green both rushed for over 100 yards to lead Indiana (Pa.) to a convincing 33-6 win over visiting Southern Connecticut State in the season opener for both teams Saturday afternoon in Indiana, Pa.

Tuck totaled 185 yards on 28 carries and Green had 101 on 20 carries and both scored touchdowns as the Crimson Hawks totaled 301 yards on the ground in the win.

The IUP defense was equally impressive, allowing the Owls to gain just 192 yards of total offense and seven first downs. Southern Connecticut was limited to 47 rushing yards on 26 attempts by the stingy IUP defense.

Indiana built a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back. Green scored from three yards to give the Crimson Hawks a 7-0 lead. Tuck scored in the second quarter on a 23-yard run to make it 14-0.

Southern cut the deficit to 14-6 on its next possession. The Owls used back-to-back 19-yard pass plays, as quarterback Jake Jablonski hooked up with Jayson Holt and Jerome Cunningham, to get down to the IUP 34. After an 8-yard run by Vaughn Magee, Jablonski scrambled for 16 yards. He then connected with Carlton Staggars for a 6-yard touchdown, but the extra point was blocked. SCSU never scored again.

Indiana got a 42-yard field goal from Brett Ulman on the final play of the first half to take a 17-6 lead into the break.

Indiana quarterback Pat Smith added a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and later hooked up with Tyler Dummermuth on a 51-yard scoring pass. The Crimson Hawks closed the scoring when backup SCSU quarterback Bobby Lippincott was tackled in his own end zone after he couldn’t handle a snap from center.

The win was the seventh straight season-opening win for the Crimson Hawks, including a pair of wins over SCSU in 2009 and 2010. The victory also gave IUP a 7-0 lead in the all-time series with the Owls, which dates back to 1984.

Magee finished with 28 yards on 14 carries to lead the ground game for Southern Connecticut. Staggars tallied three catches for 46 yards and the touchdown. Jablonski was 9 of 12 for 62 yards and a touchdown while Lippincott went 5-for-10 for 83 yards and an interception.

Southern Connecticut is back in action Saturday for its Northeast-10 Conference opener at Stonehill.

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