By Bridgette Schultz
At the end of the first quarter, quarterback Collin DiGalbo threw a 56-yard pass to wide receiver Mason McElroy putting six points on the board for KU. Kicker Stephen Mulville earned the team an extra point following.
In the second quarter, defensive tackle Eric Miller and defensive end Nick Vasger sacked Gannon’s quarterback, Jimmy Keefe, in their first play of the drive. Shortly after, linebackers Amani Justice and TwyNique Wilkerson took down Keefe, forcing the Knights to punt.
DiGalbo finished a 10-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown followed by a completed extra point, keeping the lead 14-0.
The Knights were able to complete passes earning their way into the redzone, but with the Bear’s defense stopping downs, Gannon brought out Eric Scarpino to kick a 31-yard field goal.
Shortly after, Gannon’s Dorian Jones intercepted DiGalbo’s pass and was brought down around the 50-yard line. The Knights were unable to do anything with the interception as the first half ended 14-3, KU.
Opening up the second half, the Bears roared in with a touchdown toss to Abdul Hassan Neblett, making the score 21-3. Less than a minute later, defensive end Togba Porte sacked Keefe, knocking the ball loose. KU’s Nick Vasger recovered the ball at the Gannon 10. KU turned the fumble into a four-yard touchdown and an extra point, adding points on the board: 28-3.
After a recovered fumble by Gannon’s Khwan Mickens, the Knights had a successful drive, putting up seven more points: 28-10.
The Bears had several other completed passes and ended the game with a 17-yard touchdown. The final score was 35-10, Kutztown. KU kept their winning streak alive.
When asked to reflect on the game, DiGalbo said, “It was a great team win. We played all-around great football. Our offensive line did a great job and our receivers made a lot of great plays.”
Multiple records were broken or surpassed during Saturday’s game including DiGalbo tying his own record of the most single-game rushing touchdowns for a quarterback. He also moved past alumni Rob Holmes, putting him at #3 in KU’s all-time completions. He also became the third quarterback in KU history to surpass 7,000 passing yards.
DiGalbo commented on his achievements, saying, “They’re great accomplishments and all, couldn’t have done it without my teammates. Right now, I’m just focusing on our next game and figuring out what we can do against them.”
The Bears also defeated Shepherd University Sept. 28 with a score of 34-27.