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Slippery Rock beaten in opener



Published: Sat, August 27, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



VINDICATOR STAFF/WIRE REPORT

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Jamar Brittingham scored three of his four touchdowns in the second half to lead Bloomsburg to a come-from-behind 40-24 victory over Slippery Rock on Saturday.

Brittingham, who rushed for a career-high 250 yards, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter and on 12- and 37-yard runs in the fourth for Bloomsburg (1-0), which trailed 24-6 midway through the third period.

Josh Heck had a 59-yard scoring run and Kevin Keating caught a 9-yard pass from Jack Lydic in the third quarter. Brittingham also scored on a 28-yard run in the first quarter. Heck finished with 99 yards on nine carries.

Josh Kniess had a 2-yard touchdown and John Benca caught a 14-yard scoring pass from Nate Crookshank in the second quarter for Slippery Rock (0-1). Luke Wetzel scored on a 1-yard pass from Crookshank in the third quarter before Bloomsburg started its charge.

Ryan Daniel kicked a 31-yard field goal to open the scoring for Slippery Rock, which led 17-6 at the half and 24-6 early in the third quarter.

Bloomsburg finished with 438 total yards, 361 on the ground, while The Rock finished with 425 total yards, 311 passing.

Crookshank completed 23-of-37 passes for all 311 yards with two touchdowns, but was intercepted twice and sacked four times.

Former United High standout Cory Manfull was the second leading rusher for The Rock, gaining 63 yards on 12 carries. Kniess finished with 66 yards on 21 carries.

Slippery Rock will play at Youngstown State Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium.




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