New Hampshire Football Report

PSU can’t preserve lead

DANBURY, Conn. – Senior David Hamilton (West Deptford, N.J.) rushed for 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns to move into fourth place on Plymouth State University’s all-time rushing list, but Western Connecticut State University rallied from a ten point deficit to top the Panthers, 26-23, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) football game at the Westside Athletic Complex on Saturday.


PSU held a 23-13 lead midway through the third quarter, but the hosts rallied with consecutive touchdown-scoring drives of 60-plus yards to pull in front. The Colonials’ missed an extra point to keep the Panthers within three, and a long Hamilton rush coupled with a WestConn roughing the passer penalty helped Plymouth State move the ball to the Colonials’ 15-yard line. The WestConn defense came up with a big play on third down to push PSU out of field goal range, though, and a sack on fourth-and-22 gave the Colonials the ball back. Plymouth State had one final chance at a game-tying drive starting from its own 25-yard line with just 31 seconds to play, but the Panthers were unable to move the ball as WestConn held on for the win.

Hamilton’s 923 rushing yards this season are a career high and give him 2,589 for his career, marking the fourth highest total in program history. All three players above him logged over 700 attempts, while Hamilton reached the mark in 562 carries.

Plymouth State ended its season with a 6-4 record and an even 4-4 mark in the MASCAC, while WestConn improved to 8-2 (6-2 MASCAC) to secure a spot in the New England Cup next weekend.

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