FROSTBURG, Md. – Alex Henry’s third long field goal of the game, a 40-yarder with 7:55 remaining, gave Waynesburg University the lead for good, and linebacker Kyle Richey returned a Frostburg State fumble 45 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, as the Yellow Jackets rallied for a wild 59-49 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon.
Waynesburg (2-0) overcame a 15-point second-half deficit, rallying behind quarterback Carter Hill, who passed for a school record 483 yards and three touchdowns. Hill’s passing yardage broke the record of 467 yards by John Huntey in a 69-0 win over Lock Haven in 1968.
Frostburg State quarterback Ken Emmons accumulated more than 500 yards total offense and had a hand in all seven Bobcats touchdowns. Emmons completed 24 of 41 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 137 yards and three scores on 16 carries.
Emmons threw a 28-yard TD pass to Antonio Wood less than two minutes into the second half, giving Frostburg State (0-2) its largest lead at 35-20.
Waynesburg started its comeback when Hill connected with wide receiver Andrew English on an eight-yard touchdown pass, capping a 79-yard drive and trimming the Frostburg State lead to 35-27. English caught 13 passes for 157 yards.
The Yellow Jackets pulled even on its next possession as running back Jake Forsythe, who had three short TD runs, scored from four yards out and Hill passed to Bernie Thompson for a two-point conversion.
Waynesburg took a 42-35 lead on Hill’s two-yard pass to Zac Capan with 14:04 remaining, but the Bobcats answered with a 36-yard scoring toss from Emmons to Myles Burgess.
Henry, a South Fayette graduate who kicked a pair of 41-yard field goals in the first half, capped a 12-play drive with the 40-yarder that gave Waynesburg a 45-42 lead.
Richey then scooped up a fumble by running back Janai Billips on a pass play and returned it for a score that pushed Waynesburg’s lead to 10 points.
FSU pulled to within 52-49 with 5:14 left, when Emmons scored on a three-yard run.
Frostburg State then then forced a Waynesburg punt, but the Bobcats fumbled and Willie Leavell recovered for the Yellow Jackets at the FSU 14, setting up Forsythe’s clinching one-yard TD run.
Hill completed 38 of 53 passes and did not throw an interception. He threw an 8-yard TD pass to Mike Ferraro in the first quarter.