By Nick Porter
GLASSBORO, N.J. – The Southern Virginia University football team suffered a tough 28-19 road loss in New Jersey Athletic Conference Action under the lights at Rowan University, allowing 21 points in the second quarter.
The Knights (0-2, 0-2 NJAC) struck first with a 99-yard drive topped off by a one-yard Simi Moala run, just before the end of the first quarter. Jackson Hatch's extra point was blocked, allowing Rowan (2-0, 1-0 NJAC) to take a 7-6 lead after scoring on the ensuing drive.
The Profs scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, all by running back Anthony Diorio. Southern Virginia's quarterback Ty Jones connected a 40-yard pass to Akiva Wedge for the Knights' only score of the quarter and trailed 21-13 at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Rowan scored early in the final period on a 78-yard drive. The Knights stayed in the game with a Ty Jones rush for a touchdown with six minutes remaining but weren't able to get the ball back. The Profs knelt on the ball twice after a six-minute, ten-play drive to secure their win.
Southern Virginia recorded 259 yards of total offense, with 143 passing yards that marked a career-high for Jones. Each team recorded a takeaway and had the ball nearly the same amount of time.
Wedge, who had the receiving touchdown, finished with 40 yards. Sophomore receiver Josh Newman led the Knights with 63 receiving yards. On the ground, John Harris recorded 53 yards on seven attempts, Moala finished with 26 yards and a touchdown.
The Knights return home to host Montclair State on September 16, 2017. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., with a tailgate and shirt giveaway for the first 1000 fans at 11:30 a.m. at Knights Stadium.