MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting Alfred University racked up 625 total yards offense Saturday afternoon and posted the 49-24 Empire 8 football victory over host Morrisville State College on Mustang Weekend in Morrisville, remaining undefeated as they upped their record to 5-0 overall, 3-0 in conference play.
The loss drops Morrisville State to 0-4 to date on the season, 0-3 in Empire 8 action.
Morrisville State accumulated a season high 408 total offensive yards on the day, 271 coming from the arm of sophomore quarterback Brandon Gwinner (Schenectady, N.Y.) who completed 23-of-37 passes for two Mustang touchdowns.
Seven served as targets for the sophomore, including Kyle Flash (Bronx, N.Y.) who caught four for a team high 97 yards and a score. Raffaele Bradshaw (Westbury, N.Y.) added to the Mustang tallies, collecting seven receptions for 61 total yards.
Nick Edmond (Blythe, Calif.) led Morrisville State in the running game, collecting 85 yards on 18 carries, as the Mustangs registered 137 yards gained on the ground.
Morrisville State had four record double figures in tackles to lead the defensive efforts, including Kendall Clarke (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Richardson Derosena (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who each collected 13. Eddie Campos (Rome, N.Y.) and Samuel Diaz (Dansville, N.Y.) each added 11, combining for a total nine solo stops.
Alfred University's offense ran ramped on the afternoon, collecting a total 373 yards rushing out of 625 yards total offense gained. Casey Bright led the Saxons with 221 yards on 21 carries for two rushing scores, while teammate Maleke Fuentes added another 106 on 14 carries.
Quarterback Tyler Johnson had a near perfect game under center, connecting on 17-of-18 attempts for 252 yards and four touchdowns, all to wide receiver Brendan Buisch who caught eight total passes for a game total 145 yards.
Defensively, Isaiah Moak and AJ LiCata led Alfred with a combined 23 total stops, including 11 solo, as the Saxons forced two Mustang turnovers early in the game to set the tone for the remainder of the contest.
On Morrisville State's first drive of the contest, Gwinner's pass to Bradshaw was tipped and landed in the hands of back Jared Watkins, giving the visitors possession just three minutes into the game. That turnover resulted in an eight play, 46 yard drive for the first Saxon score of the afternoon as Johnson posted the one-yard quarterback keeper for a 7-0 Alfred lead.
Morrisville State on the ensuing possession drove deep into Alfred territory, but again was plagued by another costly turnover, as Edmond fumbled the ball and the visitors were able to turn it into a 75-yard scoring drive for the 14-0 advantage. Johnson found a wide open Buisch who ran into the end zone untouched on a 39-yard pass play with 22 seconds remaining in the quarter.
In the second, Morrisville State reached the red zone, but came away empty early on as their 26 yard field goal attempt sailed wide right of the goalpost.
Alfred added to their lead on their following possession, as Fuentes scrambled for a 17-yard gain and then Johnson connected with Buisch for his second touchdown of the day in the right corner of the end zone for the 21-0 visitor lead.
Morrisville State was finally able to get on the board midway through the second quarter, as Gwinner hit Tony Deese (Brooklyn, N.Y.) over center to put the Mustangs on the board with just under four minutes to go before the half.
The Saxons, however, regained their three possession lead with less than a minute to go in the half as Johnson hit Buisch for a third time as he walked into the end zone along the right sideline after gathering the bobbled ball.
Morrisville State attempted to generate a comeback attempt early on in the third quarter as Gwinner hit Flash on a 55-yard pass play to complete the eight play, 93-yard drive and cut the visitor lead to two scores, but Alfred responded on the ensuing possession with a 39-yard Bright run.
Alfred added to their lead in the fourth, scoring twice, while Morrisville State matched, but the Mustangs ran out of time as the Saxons walked away with the victory.
Morrisville State returns to the field next Saturday, traveling to St. John Fisher College for a 6 p.m. Empire 8 matchup.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.