De­fense leads KU to win at Bloom for first time in 25 years

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - SPORTS - Cour­tesy Kutz­town Univ. athletics

The Kutz­town Univer­sity foot­ball team ended a 25-year drought and won at Bloomsburg Univer­sity on Saturday for the first time since 1992 with a 23-7 vic­tory in Penn­syl­va­nia State Ath­letic Con­fer­ence (PSAC) East­ern Di­vi­sion ac­tion from Danny Hale Field at Robert B. Red­man Sta­dium.

The win snapped Bloomsburg’s 11game home win­ning streak in the se­ries.

The Golden Bears (4-2, 2-1 PSAC East) are tied for sec­ond-place in the East with Bloomsburg and Ship­pens­burg, all trail­ing first-place West Ch­ester.

Shawn Turber-Or­tiz (Northum­ber­land, Pa./Shikel­lamy) had two in­ter­cep­tions, in­clud­ing his big­gest of the year late in the game. With Bloomsburg driv­ing deep in Kutz­town ter­ri­tory in a 3-point game, Turber-Or­tiz picked off the Bloomsburg quar­ter­back near the goal-line and re­turned it 50 yards to setup an en­su­ing KU touch­down to seal the win.

It was his team-lead­ing fifth in­ter­cep­tion in the last four games.

Fol­low­ing the in­ter­cep­tion, Ab­dulHas­san Ne­blett (Ne­wark, N.J./Para­mus Catholic) broke off a 37-yard run to setup an en­su­ing 11-yard Collin DiGalbo (Se­cane, Pa./Mon­signor Bon­ner) touch­down run to seal the win with a 16-7 lead with 3:36 to play.

Kutz­town’s Jake Perry (Har­ris­burg, Pa./Cen­tral Dauphin) hauled in the team’s third in­ter­cep­tion of the game on the fol­low­ing drive, lead­ing to a 21-yard touch­down run by Evan Cul­ver (Heller­town, Pa./Sau­con Val­ley) for the 23-7 vic­tory.

As a unit, Kutz­town’s de­fense posted its best per­for­mance of the sea­son. Bloomsburg en­tered Saturday av­er­ag­ing 376 yards per game, but was held to 166 on Saturday. KU forced Bloomsburg off the field on 11of-15 third-downs, while Bloomsburg’s lone touch­down was scored off a drive that started at the KU 1-yard­line.

DiGalbo threw for 233 yards on 17of-30 pass­ing and a touch­down. He con­nected with a sea­son-high nine re­ceivers, in­clud­ing him­self on a bat­ted pass he caught.

Kutz­town ran for 209 yards, led by Ne­blett’s 67 yards.

Kutz­town scored all 23 points in the sec­ond half, as the teams played to a score­less first half — a first for KU since 2001.

Kutz­town re­turns home next Saturday, Oct. 14, against East Strouds­burg Univer­sity. Kick­off at Univer­sity Field at An­dre Reed Sta­dium is set for 12:05 p.m.

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