Morehead State Wins PFL Opener

MOREHEAD, Ky. - The Morehead State defensive unit held Davidson to only 21 yards on 24 rushes and intercepted three passes as the Eagles defeated the Wildcats, 26-13, Saturday (Oct. 4) afternoon at Jayne Stadium. Senior place kicker/punter Mason Webb tied an MSU record with four field goals.

MSU is now 3-2 overall, 1-0 in the Pioneer Football League. Davidson fell to 2-2 overall, 1-1 in the league.

Offensively, MSU quarterback Evan Sawyer had 275 yards in total offense. He hit 16-of-26 passes for 210 yards and passed for both Eagle touchdowns. He was also MSU's leading rusher with 65 yards on 15 carries. Fullback Drew Morgan scored on a 28-yard screen pass in the first quarter. Wide receiver Brendan McLaughlin caught a 30-yard scoring strike from Sawyer on the final play of the first half.

MSU led 13-0 at the end of the first quarter and 23-7 at halftime. The Wildcats scored the only touchdown of the second half, while the Eagles managed only the fourth and final Webb field goal after intermission.

Webb scored 14 points and was perfect on all four of his field goal and both of his extra point attempts. He also averaged 45.0 yards on five punts and had three downed inside the 20-yard line. The senior from Hamilton, Ohio, tied a field goal record set by Joey Herbst in 2002, also against Davidson.

Davidson quarterback Ryan Alexander hit 27-of-53 passes for 253 yards and both Wildcat touchdowns. But, he threw all three DC interceptions.

Defensively, MSU linebacker Wes McDermott had eight total tackles, one for a loss, one fumble recovery and three pass break-ups. Strong safety Ryan Williams had seven total tackles and three pass breakups. Defensive end Andrew Doan had six total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and batted down two passes. Defensive backs David Hyland, Josh Harris and Quinton Daniels had interceptions.

For Davidson, Tyler Lemons had 10 total tackles.

Morehead State will travel to PFL rival San Diego next Saturday (Oct. 11). Kickoff at Torero Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT).