SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University football team had three individuals honored by the Atlantic Central Football Conference (ACFC) for their part in the Sea Gulls' dramatic 19-16 victory over Union (N.Y.) College on Saturday. It was the first meeting between the two schools since a 23-21 SU loss in the 1983 NCAA tournament.
Salisbury (4-3, 1-0 ACFC) senior defensive back Brandon Hudson (Delmar, Md.) was named Defensive Co-Player of the Week, sophomore kicker Tommy Kowalick (Sterling, Va.) was named Special Teams Player of the Week, and freshman linebacker Matt McMurdo (Chalfont, Pa.) was named Rookie of the Week. This is the second time this season that both Hudson and Kowalick have been recognized by the ACFC.
Kowalick was the hero for the Sea Gulls in the contest as he connected on a 22-yard field goal with four minutes remaining in the game. The game winner was not routine, as the snap to holder Keith Polizois (Flanders, N.J.) was slightly off target. However, Polizois was able to make the adjustment and get the ball down for Kowalick to hammer home the game winner. Kowalick was 2-for-2 on point after attempts following Sea Gull touchdowns.
Hudson made several key plays that contributed to the Sea Gulls picking up the victory against the Dutchmen. Hudson had two interceptions, two pass breakups and finished with two tackles (one solo). The biggest play of the game for Hudson came following the Kowalick field goal to put the Sea Gulls up 19-16. On the second play of the ensuing drive, Dutchmen quarterback Drew Connolly rolled to his left, spotted a receiver and let the ball loose. Hudson picked off the pass, which allowed the Gulls to then run out the clock and seal the victory. Hudson had another crucial play in the second quarter when he went up and knocked the ball away from a Union receiver, diffusing what would have been an easy touchdown for the Dutchmen.
McMurdo, a freshman playing for the Gulls in his fifth consecutive game, finished with four tackles. He also had one tackle for a loss, in which he took down a Dutchmen offensive player for a one-yard loss. On the season, McMurdo has 20 tackles (six solo), including two for a loss.
The Sea Gulls will hit the road for the next two contests, including this week's matchup against ACFC and route-13 rival No. 4 Wesley College. Game time is set for 1 p.m. in Dover, Del.