URBANA, Ohio – Fairmont State controlled both sides of the ball in a lopsided 31-7 victory over regionally-ranked Urbana on Thursday night at Urbana University Stadium.
With the victory, Fairmont State improves to 4-5 overall and 4-5 in the Mountain East Conference. Urbana, who was ranked sixth in the Atlantic Region this week, falls to 7-3 overall and in the MEC.
Fairmont State rolled up 281 yards of total offense, including 187 on the ground. Urbana came into the game allowing a league-low 98.4 yards per game on the ground.
On defense, Fairmont State completely shut down the Urbana rushing attack with -7 yards on the ground and just 221 yards of total offense. Urbana was averaging 395.3 yards of total offense and 194.1 yards on the ground coming into the game.
Urbana was also just 2-of-13 on third downs and Fairmont State recorded a season-high seven sacks in the victory.
Rakeem Darden got the scoring started for the Falcons on the opening possession when the senior plunged in from two-yards out to cap a six-play, 56-yard drive.
With Fairmont State still leading 7-0 late in the second quarter, Takwan Crews-Naylor hooked up with Javon Hayes on a 47-yard TD strike after the Falcons took over in Urbana territory following a punt.
Quarterback Eddie Stockett scored the only touchdown of the game for the Blue Knights with just 10 seconds remaining in the opening half on a quarterback keeper on a 4th-and-goal play from the FSU 7, sending the game to the locker room with Fairmont State holding a 14-7 advantage.
Colin Harvath tacked on three more points late in the third quarter to provide the only scoring in the 15-minute period. Harvath improved to 6-of-7 on the year with the successful 30-yard field goal.
With Harvath’s seven points in the game, the sophomore moved into 10th in school history with 151 career points.
With 5:31 remaining in the fourth quarter, Darden plowed into the endzone for the second time of the game and fourth time in the last three games to push Fairmont’s advantage to 24-7.
Danny Anige added the explanation point just over two minutes later on an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown to make the final score 31-7 in favor of the visiting Falcons.
Tyree Randolph led the Fairmont State rushing attack with 85 yards on 16 carries in the victory. Khalik Hamlin added 47 yards on 12 carries, and Darden finished the evening with six carries for 21 yards and two scores.
Out of 54 total offensive snaps, Fairmont State attempted just nine passes in the win. Crews-Naylor completed six of those nine pass attempts for 94 yards and a score. Javon Hayes was on the receiving end of five passes for 85 yards, while Andre Hall had one catch for nine yards.
Trevon Shorts and Chrinovic Mukulu led the Fairmont State defense with seven stops apiece. D.J. Adediwura and Jer’Quan Fraley each had one and a half sacks for the Falcons, while Shorts and Mukulu added a sack apiece.
Anige and Keyshawn Hailey each intercepted passes for the Fairmont State defense.
With Short’s 2.5 tackles for loss in the win, the senior moved into 10th place in school history in the category. Adediwura is just 0.5 tackles for losses behind Shorts in the career standings.
Eddie Stockett completed 12-of-18 pass attempts for 170 yards and an interception in the Urbana setback. Stockett was replaced in the third quarter by Izzy Sanders, who completed just 3-of-10 passes for 51 yards and an interception.
Jesse Bray hauled in three passes for 69 yards, while Rafael Floyd added three receptions for 56 yards.
Duray Hall led the Urbana defense with 10 total tackles.
Fairmont State will wrap up the 2019 regular season next Thursday at Duvall-Rosier Field against West Virginia Wesleyan. Kickoff is set for 7:10 p.m. Prior to Thursday’s game, Falcons football will honor 18 seniors who will wrap up their Fairmont State careers.