Rowan savoring big win over nationally ranked Wesley

The Profs' defense did not allow the Wesley offense to convert any of their third downs.

Matt Leon
October 22, 2018 - 3:28 pm
Rowan senior running back John Mannion

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It was a big Saturday in Glassboro for the Rowan University football team. 

The Profs put together a gritty performance and rallied to beat a Wesley College squad that was ranked as high as number 8 in the Division III polls, 28-27 the final.

Rowan rallied from a 27-14 third-quarter deficit to pick up the victory. 

Head coach Jay Accorsi was quite proud of the effort his team put forth in this one.

"They did a really great job," he said. "They worked hard all week and really put a lot of good things together."

The win improved Rowan to 5-2 on the season (4-2 in the NJAC). Four of the Profs' wins this season have been by seven points or fewer and Accorsi thinks that experience in tight games helped them in the upset of Wesley.

"I think that was critical, because I think most of Wesley's wins have been by quite a few points," he said. "The close game they were in was their one loss to Frostburg, who is nationally ranked as well. We felt if we could make it a game and get it into the third or fourth quarter and kind of press them, we'd have a great chance maybe to pull it out at the end, which is what we did."

The Profs had several heroes in the big win including senior running back John Mannion, who ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns, and freshman quarterback Nick Couzzi came off the bench to throw for 164 yards and a score. Rowan did a great job of dictating the pace in this one, as they held the ball for 38:28. The Profs' defense did not allow the Wesley offense to convert any of their third downs.

Accorsi says it is a big win for the program, but adds they still have a lot of work to do.

"It doesn't get any easier with undefeated Salisbury coming in this weekend," he said.

Rowan is currently tied for third in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

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