FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Fairmont State's Matt Wilmer hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Vega to lift Fairmont State to a 54-47 win over Seton Hill on Saturday afternoon at Duvall-Rosier Field. FSU let a 20-point first half lead and a 16-point second half lead slip away before sealing the victory with the final score.
With the win, the Falcons moved to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the WVIAC. Seton Hill dropped to 0-8 on the year and 0-6 in conference play.
Daniel Monroe was Fairmont State's top rusher and receiver on the afternoon with 136 on the ground with three scores and 103 more receiving. Shad Alexander also contributed 98 yards rushing for the Falcons. Quarterback Bobby Vega was a tidy 14-of-26 for 245 yards and three touchdowns.
Seton Hill had 486 yards of total offense on the day with 432 of that total coming through the air. Andrew Jackson was 32-of-61 with three touchdowns but was picked four times. The Griffins could not get the ground game going picking up just 54 yards on the ground for the day.
Fairmont State's Quincy Casimir, Scott Davidson, Ryan Watts and Lance Fullwood all recorded interceptions for the Falcons. Garrett Davis and Ryland Newman each recorded eight total tackles for the Falcons.
FSU raced out to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter on big plays with Monroe scoring on a 55-yard carry, C.J. Goodwin on a 31-yard TD reception, and Wilmer going 44 yards on a reverse. FSU was still in control after the teams traded touchdowns, but Seton Hill made a push late in the half to make it close. Bobby Vega was forced into an intentional grounding call in the end zone by Tyler Zimmer on a safety and then scored on its ensuing possession to make it 27-16 going into the break.
The Griffins continued their momentum by gathering an on-side kick to start the second half and later scoring on a nine-yard touchdown reception by Lance Williams to pull with a field goal at 27-24. FSU would then score the game's next 20 points on two touchdown carries by Monroe and one from Alford to make it 47-24 with 12:31 to go.
SHU would go on a furious rally scoring 23 points in just under four minutes. After a Jackson touchdown pass, Johnathon Feagin scooped up a Monroe fumble and went 63 yards for a score to pull to within eight at 47-39. FSU was forced to punt deep in its own end on its next possession, Chris Kish could not handle the snap and Darius Turner recovered it in the end zone for the score. SHU executed the two-point conversion to knot the score at 47-47 with still 8:36 to go.
After an FSU punt, Jackson was picked off by Davidson to set the Falcons up at their own 48 yard line with 4:06. Wilmer picked up a critical first down on third-and-nine with a 17-yard catch, and then would later give FSU the decisive score two plays later with just 1:20 left in the game. Jackson was picked off for the fourth time of the day to secure the Fairmont State win.
Fairmont State will look to continue its winning ways next week on the road at Concord at 1 p.m.