By William Bowman
The Daily Item
BLOOMSBURG -- In the end, it was just one more yard and a meaningless touchdown in another win for the nationally ranked Bloomsburg Huskies. But Chris Steck argued for it like it was last yard of the Super Bowl.
That's how much running the football matters to Bloomsburg.
While Huskies came up just short on their final drive of Saturday's game, by then the damage had been done. Franklyn Quiteh ran for 202 yards, becoming the 11th player in PSAC history to reach the 4,000-yard career mark, as Bloomsburg punished Gannon with 483 yards on the ground in a tougher-than-the-score-looks 43-24 win at Redman Stadium on Saturday.
Freshman quarterback Tim Kelly threw three first-half TDs, Eddie Mateo added 180 yards and a score on the ground, and Quiteh added two second-half scores as Bloomsburg (5-0) shut down Gannon in the second half to remain unbeaten.
"This is who we are," said Steck, an All-PSAC center from Mount Carmel, after Bloomsburg ran for its most yards in a game since 2004. "We want every yard we can get."
The Huskies got plenty of them, and for a while it looked like they would need them all. Bloomsburg allowed Gannon (1-4) to hang around well into the second half thanks to uncharacteristic mistakes across the board. The Huskies were flagged eight times for 94 yards in the first half alone. For that reason, despite rolling up 364 yards, they led Gannon by just four at the break.
"We just kept making mistakes and making things tougher than it had to be," said Mateo, whose gained his 180 on just 17 carries. "We are confident we can score and move the ball on anyone."
Bloomsburg led 21-17 at the break after it looked like it was going to break things open. Kelly found Kyle Fisher streaking down the middle of the field for a 38-yard score to make it 21-10 with more than 11 minutes to play the first half. After forcing a three-and-out, Kelly was intercepted on the first play of the next series. On the very next snap, Gannon freshman QB Liam Nadler found a wide open Joe Sobuki for a TD pass to make it 21-17.