Football Tripped Up 42-21 at Bridgewater State in Season Opener

Football Tripped Up 42-21 at Bridgewater State in Season Opener

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Bridgewater State University football team opened the 2015 season with a 42-21 victory over Curry College on Friday night at Swenson Field.

The Bears (1-0) are now 13-11 all-time versus the Colonels (0-1). The teams were meeting for the first time since 1991.

The Bears scored the first 35 points of the game and held off the Colonels in the second half.

Sophomore quarterback Alex McLaughlin (Littleton, Mass.) threw for 105 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 56 yards and a pair of scores to lead the BSU offense.

Senior free safety Eric Ford (Oakville, Conn.) got the Bears on the board with a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:46 remaining in the first quarter.

McLaughlin rushed for a pair of short touchdowns to cap off drives 71 and 62 yards in the second quarter to give BSU a 21-0 lead at the half. He also hooked up with sophomore receiver Travis Bassett (Littleton, Mass.) on a 64-yard touchdown pass just 29 second into the third quarter to increase the Bears' advantage to 28-0.

Junior quarterback Danny Higgins (Manahawkin, N.J.) capped off a six-play, 81-yard drive with a 29-yard touchdown run to make the score 35-0 with 8:57 remaining in the third quarter.

Curry finally got things going in the second half reeling off 21 straight points on three Mike O'Hearn (Billerica, Mass.) to Jake Cawlina (Danvers, Mass.) touchdown passes. O'Hearn connected with Cawlina on scores of 17 and 26 yards in the third quarter and added a ten-yard touchdown strike with 4:55 remaining in the final period to pull the Colonels to within 35-21.

The Bears, however, answered with a 35-yard halfback option touchdown pass from sophomore running back Malik Garrett (Dorchester, Mass.) to junior wideout Dukens Leon (Everett, Mass.) to cap off the scoring .

O'Hearn completed 36 of 69 pass attempts for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He also three a pair of interceptions.

BSU senior running back Carlton Williamson (North Easton, Mass.) led all players with 80 yards rushing on 13 attempts as he averaged 6.2 yards per carry. The Bears outgained the Colonels on the ground by a margin of 262 yards to 36. Bridgewater finished with 475 yards of total offense.

Senior linebacker A.J. Pascuzzo (Wallingford, Conn.) finished with seven tackles (five solo), a sack, a forced fumble, an interception and a pass breakup to pace the BSU defense. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Dance (West Roxbury, Mass.) added eight solo tackles. The BSU defense recorded four sacks, notched ten tackles for loss and broke up ten passes.

Curry sophomore linebacker Devin Williams (Gardner, Mass.) led all players with 13 tackles (nine solo).

Next weekend, Bridgewater State travel to Kean University in Union, New Jersey on Saturday for a one o'clock non-conference game with the Cougars. Curry hosts non-league foe Fitchburg State University on Friday night at seven. (Recap courtesy of BSU Sports Information)