Mustangs Slow High-Scoring Pride, Post 36-10 Win

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson University football team held Widener 32 points below its season average and won its second straight with a 36-10 win in Middle Atlantic Conference football Saturday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.

  • Widener (3-2, 2-1 MAC) opened the game with an 11-play, 53-yard drive and got down to Stevenson's 25, but a 42-yard field goal attempt was wide left.
  • After Stevenson (3-2, 2-1 MAC) went three-and-out on its first drive, another Pride drive ended in a missed field goal attempt with 3:19 to go in the first quarter as it was blocked by Garston Banks.

  • An eight-play, 72-yard drive was capped by a one-yard rush by Titus Johnson to open the scoring with 14:38 to go in the second quarter.
  • Widener countered with an eight-play, 60-yard drive that got down to the Stevenson 15 and a 32-yard field goal got the Pride on the board with 10:53 on the clock.
  • The Mustangs marched 75 yards in nine plays, including two completions from Ryan Sedgwick to Chaz Lyles for 46 yards, and a two-yard run by Johnson with 7:21 left in the first half put the hosts up 13-3.
  • The Pride were forced to punt from the Stevenson 34 facing a fourth-and-9 with 4:27 on the clock.
  • Stevenson drove 79 yards on nine plays to get to the Widener 14, but a 31-yard field goal attempt by Stevenson as time expired was no good as a Widener player got a hand on it.

  • Stevenson got down to the Widener 15 on its opening drive of the second half, but a fumble that Widener recovered gave the guests the ball at their own 6 with 11:44 on the clock.
  • The Pride got to midfield before a Sean McGaughey pass was intercepted at the Pride 46 by Mason Setness and he ran it back for the score to make it a 20-3 game.
  • Widener started its next drive at the Stevenson 48 after a 41-yard kickoff return and worked its way to the 6.
  • On fourth-and-4 at the 6, a pass into the end zone was knocked away by Cory Nowlan, giving Stevenson the ball back at the 5:35 mark.
  • After a Stevenson drive that advanced just 16 yards, Widener took over at its own 33, but their drive ended at the 44 when Nowlan came up with an interception.

  • On its first play of the quarter, a four-play drive was capped by a 12-yard completion from Sedgwick to Keenan Franz to make it 26-3.
  • Widener responded with its lone touchdown drive of the day, going 68 yards in seven plays and a five-yard Chris Randle run made it 26-10 with 12:02 left.
  • Stevenson got down to the Widener 14 and after being pushed back five yards on a false start, Brody Campbell knocked home a 36-yard field goal to increase the lead to 29-10 with 9:10 left.
  • The Pride got down to the Mustang 20 following a 39-yard completion to James Gillespie, but on the next play, Gradi Tshilombo forced a fumble that was recovered by Izaiha Pitts.
  • Hanif Jones had Stevenson's second pick six of the day, with his 54-yard interception return with 45 seconds left capping the win and making it a 36-10 final.

  • Stevenson outgained Widener 445-409, including 209-144 on the ground.
  • Sedgwick finished 15-22 passing for 236 yards and one touchdown.
  • Johnson carried 27 times for a career-best 165 yards and two scores.
  • Lyles had five receptions for 94 yards, while Franz had four grabs for 65 yards.
  • Pitts had a team-high 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Banks had six tackles, including one for a loss.
  • Jones finished with a sack, an interception and four tackles.
  • The Mustang defense had a season-high four takeaways.
  • Widener entered the game ranked No. 19 nationally in scoring offense, averaging 42.3 points per game.  The Pride had not scored fewer than 38 points in any game this season.

Mason Setness had a 46-yard pick six in the third quarter.

  • After its bye week next Saturday, the Mustangs host Albright in a 1 pm game for Homecoming on Saturday, October 19 at Mustang Stadium.