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November 11, 2012

Salisbury routs FSU behind Taylor, 48-2

FROSTBURG — Isaiah Taylor piled up 220 all-purpose yards and scored a pair of touchdowns as Salisbury University routed Frostburg State, 48-2, in the 14th annual Regents Cup game Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.

Taylor earned game MVP honors by catching four passes for 116 yards and returning a punt 70 yards for a touchdown for the No. 11 Sea Gulls (8-2 overall, 6-1 Empire 8). Salisbury, which clinched the conference title last week, will be playing in the NCAA Division III Tournament next week.

Michael Fourth was named the Mike McGlinchey MVP award winner for Frostburg State (3-7, 1-6) with 96 yards rushing on 21 carries.

Salisbury led 20-2 at halftime and scored 28 unanswered points in the second half.

In the first half, the Sea Gulls scored on their first two possessions an added a defensive touchdown in building a 20-0 lead. Ross Flanigan scored on an eight-yard run and quarterback Dan Griffin had a 15-yard run for an early 14-0 lead. On the next FSU possession, Salisbury’s Paul Moore recovered a fumble and returned it 20 yards to make it 20-0.

The Bobcats got their only points of the game on the extra-point attempt. The snap went over the head of Sea Gulls holder Calvin Ford and was scooped up by Mikal Davis and returned 90 yards for the two points.

Griffin had a 37-yard pass to Taylor and a two-yard run in the third quarter to push the lead to 34-2. Taylor’s 70-yard punt return and a 10-yard run by Flanigan completed the second-half scoring.

Salisbury had 415 yards of offense, with 299 coming on the ground. Flanigan had a game-high 98 yard rushing and Griffin completed 4 of 8 passes for 116 yards and also had 70 yards rushing.

Ken Emmons completed 10 of 31 passes for 136 yards for Frostburg, which had 271 yards. Anthony Young had six receptions for 74 yards.

Frostburg’s Brendon Blanchette had 12 tackles, Colton Sibley nine and Joe Persichetti seven for the Bobcats. Blanchette’s 12 tackles gave him 107 for the season and made him the first Bobcat with more than 100 tackles since the 2005.

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