BLOOMSBURG -- Tailback Jamar Brittingham (Levittown/Neshaminy) rushed for 207 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a school-record 87 yard run, to lead the Bloomsburg University Huskies to a 49-32 win over Kutztown University Saturday night.
Bloomsburg took the opening kickoff and marched downfield with the help of a 50-yard completion by Dan Latorre (Elysburg/Southern Columbia) to Kyle Ream (Elliotsburg/West Perry), which set up Latorre's one-yard scoring run.
Kutztown got on the scoreboard on its second possession of the day when Matt Dineen kicked a 25-yard field goal to make it 7-3.
The Huskies made it 14-3 when Latorre hit Ream with a 25-yard scoring pass completing a six-play, 39-yard drive. The short field was set up by long kickoff return by Brahin Bilal (Philadelphia/Lincoln).
Bloomsburg added to its lead on its next possession when Brittingham ran 87 yards for a score to make it 21-3. The run was the longest in school history for the Huskies and also the longest scoring run in school history.
In the second quarter, the first 10 minutes were relatively quiet with neither team scoring. The Huskies put the first score of the period up with 4:22 left to play when Brittingham scored on a 5-yard to make it 28-3 in favor of Bloomsburg.
The Golden Bears then started a remarkable comeback. Following the Bloomsburg score, Kutztown needed just 18 seconds to get its first touchdown of the night when Kyle Spotts hit Elfrens Quiles with a 76-yard score making it 28-10 with 4:04 left in the period.
On Bloomsburg's ensuing possession, Kutztown got a safety after Latorre was called for intentional grounding in the end zone making it 28-12.
Kutztown then moved down field and scoring on a three-yard pass from Spotts to Will Brown making it 28-19 with 38 seconds left in the period. The key play in the drive came when Kutztown went to punt on fourth down and the Huskies were called for running into the punter. That gave the Golden Bears a chance to go for it on fourth down, which they turned into a first down and eventually a touchdown.
The Golden Bears then recovered the ensuing kickoff and drove to the Huskies 13-yard line. However, three pass attempts into the end zone came up empty and then missed on a 28-yard field goal attempt.
On the opening drive of the second half, the Golden Bears marched into Bloomsburg territory when its drive stalled. On its field goal attempt, the Huskies' Jesse Cooper (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp) blocked the kick, then picked it up and ran 51 yards for touchdown putting the Huskies in front, 35-19.
In the fourth period, Kutztown got its first score of the second half when Spotts hit Quiles with a 25-yard scoring pass to bring the Golden Bears to within 10 points, 35-25, after a failed two-point conversion.
On the ensuing possession, Bloomsburg put together a drive of over five minutes capped by Latorre's six-yard scoring pass to Bilal making it a 42-25 game. But again, Kutztown roared right back with a drive lasting just 1:24 with Spott scoring on a three-yard run bringing the Golden Bears back to within 10 at 42-32.
The Huskies wasted little time scoring needing just one play, a 36-yard scoring run by Brittingham, to make the 49-32.
For the Huskies, Brittingham finished the day with 27 carries for 207 yards and three touchdowns. The 200-yard game was the ninth of Brittingham's career setting a new school record and breaking the mark he shared with Irv Sigler.
Latorre finished 11-17 for 182 yards and two scores with Bilal making seven catches for 88 yards and one score.
For the Golden Bears, now 3-3, 0-1 PSAC East) Quiles caught 12 passes for 308 yards and two scores.
Bloomsburg, 3-3, 1-1 in the PSAC, is idle till Oct. 20th when the Huskies host Millersville at 1:30 p.m. in a homecoming game.