IUP rolled up a season-high 658 yards of offense and used a 21-point third quarter to blow the game open in a 55-20 win over Gannon in PSAC West game at Frank Cignetti Field on Saturday.
Senior quarterback Mike Box had his first 300-yard passing game of the season, and he completed 21 of 25 pass attempts for 378 yards and four touchdowns in the Crimson Hawks’ regular-season home finale.
IUP rushed for 280 yards, the Crimson Hawks’ third straight game with 200-plus yards, and senior running back De’Antwan Williams scored three touchdowns while eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Erik Finklea led the rushing attack for IUP, finishing with 174 yards on just 12 carries for an average of 14.5 yards per rush. He ran for an 81-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.
Williams scored a pair of 1-yard touchdowns along with a 23-yard scamper and finished with 73 yards.
Box threw a pair of touchdown passes to freshman tight end Kevin Edwards (31 and 11 yards), and he also fired touchdowns to Pat Brewer (37 yards) and Terrill Barnes (16 yards).
Barnes finished with game-highs of eight receptions and 151 yards for his fourth 100-yard game of the season and first since Oct. 12 at Slippery Rock.
IUP took a 13-7 lead after the first quarter and stretched the advantage to 28-14 at halftime before putting the game out of reach with a 21-point third quarter.
The Crimson Hawks (8-2, 5-2 PSAC West) held a decisive 658-336 advantage in total yards and handed Gannon (5-5, 4-3) its third loss in four games.