Husson beats Utica 34-17 in football home opener

Posted Sept. 13, 2008, at 6:20 p.m.

BANGOR — Justin Lindie finished Husson University’s scoring the same way he started it, with a touchdown run up the middle, and his Eagles came away with a convincing 34-17 win in their football home opener at Winkin Complex Saturday afternoon.

The sophomore from Wins-low was half of a two-pronged ground assault against Utica College that netted Husson 285 rushing yards. Lindie had 101 on 27 carries while junior Julius Williams finished with 11 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries.

The 1-1 Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 lead after taking the opening kickoff and driving 56 yards in nine plays, and never trailed or were tied in the game. The closest 0-2 Utica would get was three points (13-10 at halftime and 20-17 with 5:22 left in the third).

The game was won up front and on the ground as Husson’s interior lines on both sides of the ball controlled the line of scrimmage for much of the game. Husson held Utica to 87 rushing yards on 36 carries for an average of 2.4 yards per carry, while averaging 4.8 per carry itself.

Utica quarterback Keith Barone finished with 190 yards passing but was sacked four times and intercepted once.

Husson QB James McCandles was 4-for-8 for 107 yards — 81 coming on a touchdown pass to Ben Grant in the third quarter.

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