By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM = The Framingham State University football team forced three fumbles and recorded four sacks including a key sack-fumble in the fourth quarter as the Rams defeated Western Connecticut 35-21 Saturday afternoon in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at Bowditch Field.
Framingham State improves to 5-2 and remains undefeated in the Conference at 4-0.
Western Connectivut falls to 2-3 in the Conference and 3-4 overall.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Rams defense stopped WestConn four times in the fourth quarter to secure the victory including a stop on the goal line as time expired. WestConn’s final four possessions resulted in a fumble, a punt, a turnover on downs and the stop on the goal line as they tried to come from behind.
- Cully Curran and Anthony Behonick led the way for the defense with 10 tackles apiece. Curran also added a forced fumble and three pass breakups, while Behonick tallied half a sack.
- Joshua Onujiogu added eight tackles including two for a loss with 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. The sack gives Onujiogu 28.5 sacks for his career with the Rams which surpasses the old FSU career record of 27.5 held by James Muirhead who was a Rams from 2009-12.
- Nick Ashley and Chase Buono added seven tackles each in the game with Ashley recording 1.5 sacks.
- The Rams amassed 470 yards of total offense in the game, while WestConn accumulated 286.
- Quarterback Nicolas Goffredo completed 16-of-28 in the game for 276 yards with three touchdowns and two picks.
- Devaun Ford rushed for 93 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown, while also making three catches for 76 yards and a score.
- Elijah Nichols made six catches for 118 yards and a touchdown, while Devaughn White had two catches for 38 yards and a touchdown.
- John Giller completed 11-of-36 passes for WestConn for 130 yards with a touchdown, while Chad Blaszky rushed for 88 yards on 10 carries.
- Mack Driver rushed for 32 yards on 10 attempts and found the end zone twice.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Rams got on the board on the first possession of the game when Ford capped a six play drive with a two-yard touchdown run. After Matthew Farley converted the extra point, the Rams led 7-0 with 12:15 on the clock.
- WestConn tied the game on a fourth and goal with 3:59 left in the opening quarter when Driver rushed in from two yards out.
- Marcus McBean Jr. found the end zone from three yards out with 11:28 on the clock in the second.
- After a punt by WestConn, Goffredo connected with Ford on a 59-yard catch and run touchdown pushing the lead to 21-7 with ten remaining in the first half.
- Western Connecticut’s defense came up with an interception and good return setting up their next scoring drive in the second quarter. Driver capped a four play, 40-yard drive with a four-yard score cutting the deficit to 21-14 with just over six on the clock.
- The Rams answered with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Goffredo to Nichols on their next possession to head to the locker room leading 28-14.
- Western Connecticut cut the deficit to one score after Giller connected with Jillian Ferguso for a 16-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
- The Rams defense took over from there holding WestConn out of the end zone in the fourth and recording a sack-fumble that set up the Rams final touchdown of the game – a 21-yard pass from Goffredo to White.
UP NEXT: The Rams are back in action on October 30 when they travel to Mass. Maritime for a MACAC contest at 12 p.m., while WestConn hosts Mass. Maritime next Saturday at noon.