GLENVILLE - The stats told a one-sided story as Glenville State College defeated Fairmont State University 31-14 in the "Battle for the Bit" Thursday night at Morris Stadium.
The Pioneers (1-2, 1-1 Mountain East Conference) produced 511 yards of total offense compared to just 131 for the Falcons (1-2, 0-2).
Mainly responsible for GSC's 302 yards on the ground was running back Rahman Lee, who finished with 164 yards on 28 carries and two second-half touchdowns. Teammate Sean Steele completed 14-of-29 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown.
GSC trailed 14-13 at halftime, but the defense stepped up and allowed just one first down while pitching a shutout in the second half.
After Ben Watts recovered a fumble for GSC on the third quarter's second play from scrimmage, the Pioneers needed just three plays to drive 23 yards. Lee capped the series with a 5-yard TD run at the 13:03 mark to put his team ahead for good at 20-14.
With time winding down in the period, Milton Gilchrist intercepted a pass thrown by Fairmont State's CJ Hopson to set the ball up near midfield. Five plays later, Lee hit paydirt from 4 yards out for a 28-14 GSC advantage.
Ryan Cullen's 23-yard field goal with 1:30 left in regulation completed the scoring for the Pioneers.
In the first half, a pair of fumbles led both indirectly and directly to touchdowns for GSC and Fairmont State.
Trailing 7-6 late in the first quarter and Fairmont State entering the red zone, GSC's Devin Cain recovered a loose ball after CJ Hopson had reached the Pioneers' 14-yard line.
GSC then drove the ball 86 yards in 11 plays, and after converting on third down twice, the Pioneers found the end zone when quarterback Steele hooked up with Seth Jordan for a 24-yard completion. The extra point put GSC on top 13-7 at the 13:55 mark of the second quarter.
Following a Fairmont State punt, GSC put together another sustained drive and faced second-and-8 from the Falcons' 12 when Lee lost the handle after being tackled for a 3-yard loss. Garrett Davis gathered in the fumble and raced 85 yards for the touchdown. With 7:58 remaining before intermission, Fairmont State led 14-13.
GSC had a total of six first-half possessions and crossed midfield on each occasion.
The Pioneers didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard first. On the second play from scrimmage, Steele found Lee open for a 52-yard reception. Two plays later, DeShaun Sands carried it in from 25 yards. The kick failed on the point-after and GSC led 6-0 barely two minutes into the contest.
Fairmont State answered right back with a scoring drive that covered 60 yards in seven plays. On second-and-12 from inside the red zone, quarterback Cooper Hibbs found Brandon Ashenfelter for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Following the extra point, the Falcons moved in front 7-6 with 10:02 still remaining in the first quarter.