GLASSBORO, N.J. - The No.11 Salisbury University football team traveled to Rowan University to face off in New Jersey Athletic Conference play and fell to the Profs, 34-30 on Saturday afternoon.
The loss is the first of the season for Salisbury (4-1, 3-1 NJAC), as the Profs (4-1, 3-1 NJAC) beat the Sea Gulls for the first time in NJAC competition.
Rowan got on the board first but it would be primarily all about the Gulls in the first half.
The Profs' opening score came on a two-play 69 yard drive where Dashown Waller caught a 64 yard pass from Dante Pinckney for the touchdown.
Salisbury responded on the next possession with an efficient drive that spanned 76 yards and was capped by a Dandre Dennis six-yard touchdown run. Alex Potocko tacked on the extra point to put Salisbury up, 7-6.
Dennis would end the day with 98 yards on the ground coming from just 14 carries.
Getting the ball back following a big defensive stand, Salisbury got back on the board.
A 37-yard run from Brady Curley and a 17-yard rush from Ryan Kolb got the Sea Gulls back into the red zone and once again punched it in on the ground as starting quarterback Brandon Lewis went in from seven yards out to put Salisbury up, 13-7.
Lewis ended the day as Salisbury's leading rusher, going 134 yards on 19 attempts.
The Profs added a field goal to make it 13-10 before the Sea Gulls used the aerial attack to find the end zone in the second quarter.
Starting the drive with good field position, Kolb got a big third down conversion with an 18-yard run. On the ensuing play, Lewis hit Aarron Moore for a 21-yard touchdown. Following Potocko's kick Salisbury led, 20-10.
The Profs got one more field goal before the end of the half to send the teams into the locker room with Salisbury up, 20-13.
Rowan's first possession of the second half went similar to their first of the game as it completed a 75 yard pass for a touchdown on the first play and following the extra point knotted the game at 20-20.
On the very next play from scrimmage the Gulls answered back though.
Starting the drive 41 yards from the Profs' end zone, Dennis busted through for his second score of the game and a 27-20 lead.
Unfortunately for the Sea Gulls, the Dennis rush would be their last touchdown of the game.
On the Profs' next possession they were able to eat up clock and on an 11-play drive get a touchdown off a four-yard rush to tie it up once again.
The last points for Salisbury came with 6:15 left in the third quarter on a 23-yard Potocko field goal to put Salisbury up, 30-27.
On the opening drive of the fourth, Rowan got its first lead since the first half as Zac Frantz caught a 13 yard pass and put his team up, 34-30.
With the teams trading possessions down the stretch, it came down to the Gulls getting the ball with 2:35 on the clock and needing a touchdown to go ahead.
The eight play, 17 yard drive ended at 1:31 with Lewis being sacked on fourth and four at the Rowan 41.
From there the Profs went into victory formation and sealed the win.
Reigning NJAC Defensive Rookie of the Week Patrick Bernardo led the Sea Gulls with 10 tackles, including one for a loss of five yards. D.J. Davis followed with nine of his own, including one for a one-yard loss.
Salisbury will return to action Saturday, October 15 when it will travel to William Paterson University for a NJAC game that is slated for 1 p.m.