SPRINGFIELD, Mass., October 7, 2005 – Springfield College sophomore Chris Sharpe (Derry, N.H.) completed five passes for 199 yards and rushed for 88 yards on 19 carries in his first career start from the quarterback position as the Pride defeated Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), 50-49, in overtime on a rainy Friday evening (Oct. 7) at Benedum Field.
Freshman fullback Andrew Jackson (Pennsville, N.J.) had an outstanding night on the ground for the Pride (1-4), rushing for a career-best 223 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Mike Grendal (Foxboro, Mass.) caught three passes on the night from Sharpe for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Western Connecticut (3-2) senior quarterback Joe DiMeglio threw five touchdown passes in the game, completing 32 of his 50 pass attempts for an impressive 452 yards. Sophomore wide receiver James Jordan caught eight DiMeglio passes for two touchdowns and 155 yards.
With the Pride up 42-35 and just 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Western had the ball on the SC 30-yard line as the Pride appeared to have the game under control. With just eight seconds left, however, DiMeglio threw a strike to junior Adamis Gonzalez for the Colonial TD to tie the game and force OT.
After a Western touchdown on the ensuing drive to make it 49-42 in overtime, Sharpe came right back with a nine-yard scramble to make the score 49-48. Coach Mike DeLong then decided to go for the two-point conversion and the win, as Sharpe once again kept the ball and sealed SC’s first victory in its 2005 campaign.
The Pride improves to 1-4 overall on the season as it will next travel to Plymouth, N.H., for a non-conference match-up with Plymouth State University on Saturday, October 15, in a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.