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Kutztown University football opens conference play with upset of nationally ranked Shepherd

Kutztown held on to beat nationally ranked Shepherd 37-29 in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East game Saturday at Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The Rams (0-1, 3-1) are ranked eighth in the nation in Division II by d2football.com and 10th in the AFCA poll.

The Golden Bears (1-0, 3-1) jumped ahead 37-21 late in the fourth quarter. They gave up a touchdown and a two-point conversion with under two minutes to play, but were able to run out the clock.

Kutztown moved the ball consistently in crucial situations, converting 9-of-15 times on third down and once on fourth down. The Golden Bears scored all four times they reached the red zone.

The Kutztown offense was effective on the ground and through the air. The Golden Bears accumulated 231 rushing yards and 250 passing yards in the contest.

Quarterback Eric Nickel completed 20-of-28 passes for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He connected with wide receiver Jerome Kapp, a Boyertown grad, on a 72-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to give Kutztown the lead, which it would not relinquish.

Running back Jordan Davis carried the ball 10 times for 94 yards. Six different Golden Bears ran the ball, four of whom recorded at least 30 yards.

Shepherd cut it to 24-21 on a 15-yard pass from Tyson Bagent to Ty Hebron early in the third quarter, but Kutztown scored the game’s next 14 points.

Nickel threw a 7-yard TD pass to Jake Novak with 1:07 left in the third, then McNeil Davis scored on an 11-yard run with 2:54 left to put the Golden Bears up 37-21.

Bagent completed 42-of-51 passes for 398 yards and four touchdowns. However, the Rams registered just 69 yards on the ground.

Shepherd wide receiver Jonathan Moss caught 12 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Fellow receiver Josh Gontarek had five catches for 98 yards.


Source: Berkshire mont

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