URBANA, Ohio - The Glenville State defense held Urbana quarterback D.J. Mendenhall to his worst game in more than a year, but the Pioneers' offense had four turnovers as the G-men suffered a disheartening 12-9 Mountain East Conference setback here Saturday afternoon to the host Blue Knights.
Mendenhall, who threw for just 122 yards last year in a 14-10 win against Quincy, was picked off three times and missed 18 of 35 aerials while throwing for just 176 yards.
Darren Elliott had a pair of interceptions and Demetrius Quarles had the other against Mendenhall, who had opened the season with a trio of 300-plus yard passing performances.
Quarles' fumble recovery in the end zone at 8:23 of the first got things going in the right direction for GSC, but the extra point failed.
David Hill's 2-yard TD run evened the contest with 2:41 left in the opening quarter, but the two-point conversion pass was unsuccessful.
Mendenhall gave the Blue Knights (2-2, 2-1 MEC) the lead for good with just 1:32 left in the first half when he engineered a 13-play, 84-yard drive that was capped with his 8-yard TD strike to Alvin Busbee.
Another two-point conversion pass failed, but GSC trailed 12-6 at intermission.
Even though the Pioneers (1-3, 1-2 MEC) cut the deficit to three thanks to a Ryan Cullen 30-yard field goal at 9:34 of the third, those proved to be the final points of the game.
GSC, which returns to action at 1:30 p.m. next Saturday inside Morris Stadium when W.Va. Wesleyan visits, had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth. The Pioneers had a first-and-goal at the 10, but had to settle for a 32-yard Cullen field goal attempt that went wide right with 5:20 to play.
The Pioneers had two more possessions, but quarterback Sean Steele (19 of 36, 155 yards, 3 INTs) was picked off on each of them.
Pioneer tailback Rahman Lee rushed 24 times for 70 yards.