By The Daily Item
ERIE -- In a matchup featuring two teams averaging 40 points per game on the season, many of the 1,748 in attendance at Gannon University Field may have expected a shootout between the host Golden Knights and the ninth-ranked Bloomsburg Huskies.
It was the Huskies' defense that stole the show, however, forcing turnovers and never allowing Gannon to gain much traction offensively as part of a 38-14 Bloomsburg victory in a contest between two first place squads.
Bloomsburg keeps its record perfect at 5-0 on the year while Gannon, which stands in a tie for first in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division, falls to 3-2.
The Huskies limited Gannon to a season-low 276 total yards including only 72 yards on the ground. The defense kept Gannon running back Jansen Jones in check by holding Jones, who entered the day third in the nation in rushing with 657 yards through four games, to 69 yards on the ground.
Conversely, Huskies senior running back Franklyn Quiteh bettered his Division II-best season average of 197 yards rushing per game by picking up a season-high 251 yards on 24 carries to go along with two touchdowns. It marked the 10th game of over 200 yards rushing in Quiteh's career. He also moved to ninth all-time in Division II history with 6,367 career rushing yards.
The early going saw a defensive struggle as neither team could crack into the scoring column during the first quarter of play. An eight-minute explosion on both sides of the ball broke the game open for the visitors, however.
Bloomsburg broke the scoring drought in the second quarter when quarterback Tim Kelly found fullback Derek Burkhard on a screen pass — Burkhard was able to make the most of his first career reception as the redshirt sophomore rumbled 42 yards for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead.