11:26 PM EST, November 17, 2012
No. 15 Shippensburg scored 45 points in the second half to blow by No. 10 Bloomsburg 58-20 in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs Saturday afternoon.
The Red Raiders (11-1) won their first NCAA playoff game since 1991 — when head coach Mac Maciejewski was a nose guard for the team — and will travel to Super Region One top seed Winston Salem State (11-0) for a second-round game next weekend.
Zach Zulli went 26 of 35 passing for 469 yards, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another 1-yard score. Jacob Baskerville caught seven passes for a career-high 153 yards and two touchdowns. He set a single-season school record with his seventh 100-yard receiving game.
Bryan Barley had three catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns — a 48-yarder from Zulli early in the third quarter that put the Red Raiders ahead for good and another 28-yarder from fullback Kevin Herod in the fourth quarter.
Trevor Harman caught six passes for 117 yards, while Mike Frenette led Shippensburg with 71 yards rushing on 13 carries, including a 16-yard touchdown run.
Shippensburg’s offense put up 673 yards of total offense, including 507 yards through the air. The Raiders defense, meanwhile, forced five BU turnovers — two fumbles and three interceptions — and has now recorded 10 turnovers total in its two victories over Bloomsburg this season. Shippensburg held the Huskies to 23 yards passing until the game’s final drive.
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