Falcons rally in second half to defeat Crusaders 21-17
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Falcons rally in second half to defeat Crusaders 21-17

FAIRMONT, WVFairmont State University scored 21 second-half points to defeat North Greenville University 21-17 Saturday afternoon at Duvall-Rosier Field.

Eric Moeller’s fourth down 40-yard pass attempt to the end zone with 13 seconds remaining in the game fell incomplete giving the Falcons their second win of the season.

The Crusader defense held FSU to 34 yards of total offense and one first down in the first half, but the Falcon offense exploded for 230 yards in the second half en route to the victory.

North Greenville lit up the scoreboard first as Moeller connected with Travis Talbert for an 81-yard score on the Crusaders’ first possession. Adrian Escalona’s PAT gave NGU a 7-0 advantage.

The Crusaders missed two scoring opportunities in the first half in the kicking game. Escalona missed one field goal, while another was blocked. Escalona redeemed himself at the 4:20 mark in the second quarter by nailing a 36-yard field goal to put NGU up 10-0.

Moeller connected again with Talbert to round out the first-half, this time finding Talbert alone in the end zone from three yards out. Escalona’s PAT gave the Crusaders a 17-0 halftime lead.

Fairmont State’s offense dominated the second half. Derek Taylor connected with Perry Baker on a 38-yard touchdown strike with 43 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Falcons’ next score came with 8:53 remaining in the game as Doug Brazill ran in from two yards out to make the score 17-14.

Brazill scored the winning touchdown with 2:03 remaining in the game on a 3-yard run to the left side.

Moeller completed 28 of 47 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Crusaders. Talbert caught seven passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, while Brandon Dobbins had nine receptions for 75 yards.

Rashad Cummings led all rushers with 100 yards on 30 carries.

Taylor completed 12 of 20 passes for 135 yards for the Falcons. Brazill rushed 18 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

North Greenville gained 522 yards of total offense, while the Falcons gained 264.