November 7, 2015

Devils fall to Pride Despite Record Passing Day

Photo Courtesy of FDU-Florham Athletics
CHESTER, Pa. –Senior quarterback Tyler Maurer amassed 399 yards through the air and set a program single-game record with 41 completions but the FDU-Florham football team suffered a 50-20 loss to Widener University on Saturday at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium.

The Devils (3-6, 2-6 MAC) received solid production from Maurer and reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week Malik Pressley but the Pride (6-3, 6-2 MAC) dominated the second quarter 23-6 and pulled away with the victory.

With his 399-yard effort, Maurer came just six yards from the Devils' single-game passing yardage mark of 405 yards. The senior signal caller did set the school's single-game completion record and pass attempt record with 61 passes.

One week after setting the school-record with five touchdown receptions, Pressley hauled in 12 passes for 164 yards and two scores. The second year wide out now leads the nation in touchdown receptions with 17 on the season.

Widener's Alex Krivda also set a school-record with 72 passes in the victory. Krivda broke a Widener record, which was set back in 2003. The junior quarterback finished with 406 yards and four touchdowns on 45-of-72 passing.

The Devils marched deep into Widener territory on their opening possession but were unable to convert a fourth-down attempt and turned the ball over on downs.
On their next possession, the Devils marched 80 yards on nine plays and took a 6-0 lead when Maurer connected on an eight-yard touchdown pass to Esaun Mobley. Mobley finished with 114 yards receiving on eight catches.

Alex Stewart sacked and stripped Maurer on the Devils' next possession and Tyree Nobles hopped on the loose ball for the Pride at the Devils 3-yard line. On the next play, running back Robert Getz punched it in for a 7-6 Pride lead. Krivda drove the Pride 80 yards on the next drive and connected with Max Kutler on a nine-yard touchdown pass.

The Devils answered with a 23-yard touchdown catch by Pressley but the Pride blocked the extra point attempt for the second time, which resulted in a 14-12 game.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Devils tried an onside kick that was scooped up by Widener's Jordan Powell and returned to the Devils 28-yard line. Two players later Krivda connected with Blaine Price for a 20-yard touchdown strike.

Later in the second quarter, FDU-Florham junior safety Chris Fitzgerald intercepted a Krivda pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown but the play was negated by an offsides call. With new life, Krivda extended the drive and eventually hooked up with Price again for a 30-12 Widener advantage.

The Pride remained in control through the second half en route to the 30-point win.

Sophomore defensive back Nathan Scales led the Devils in tackles with 10, while Stephen Bick added seven in the loss.

Widener's Brandon Jones added to his MAC-leading sack total with two in the win as the team got to Maurer five times in total.

The Devils return home next week for their season finale when they host Stevenson University on Saturday, November 14 at 1 p.m.

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