The Hawks were able to convert on 50 percent of their third down opportunities against Gannon.

The No. 25 IUP football team, led by head coach Paul Tortorella, won its second game in a row and third of the season Saturday.

A crowd of more than five thousand people watched the Hawks defeat the Gannon University Golden Knights by a score of 28-23 at George P. Miller Stadium.

The victory was crucial as IUP continues to stack conference wins. The team is now 2-0 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action.

Transfer quarterback Harry Woodbery (graduate student, business administration) led the offensive attack once again.

Woodbery continued to impress on the field.

The signal caller completed 18 of 32 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns.

The Crimson Hawks jumped out to a quick lead via the air attack. They scored on their opening two drives.

The first touchdown came on a 47-yard strike to wide receiver Irvin Charles (redshirt senior, unclassified) and the second included tight end Grant Smith (junior, kinesiology) hauling one in from 10 yards out.

Woodbery would throw his third, and perhaps most impressive, touchdown of the day in the third quarter on a scrambling-across-the-body throw to the pylon.

Wide receiver Duane Brown (redshirt junior, sports administration) was able to come down with the touchdown despite being harassed by double coverage.

Most importantly, Woodbery continues to be extremely careful with the ball. He threw zero interceptions.

Tortorella commented on his quarterback's performance.

“Again, Harry had a solid performance and we had zero turnovers,” Tortorella said.

Running backs Justice Evans (senior, business management) and Malik Anderson (redshirt senior, school of continuing education) led the ground game for the Hawks.

Evans went for 78 yards on 12 carries and was named the offensive player of the game while Anderson cumulated 44 yards on 10 attempts.

The win did not come easy for IUP. After jumping out to an early lead, Gannon responded multiple times to keep things tight.

Running back Melvin Blanks spearheaded the effort for the Golden Knights.

“I thought Gannon played a real good game after we took the early lead. We could not put them away,” Tortorella said.

Defensively, IUP allowed 23 points but played fundamentally sound all game.

Linebacker Connor Kelly (redshirt junior, marketing) played fast sideline to sideline while leading the team with seven solo tackles.

Fellow defenders Darius Bruce (freshman, academic affairs) and Malachi Newell (graduate student, school of continuing education) also shined combining for nine solo tackles between both.

The coach was pleased with his defense's performance early in the game.

“Defensively, we forced four punts on our first four possessions,” Tortorella said.

The defensive line turned the heat up as the game went on to help close out the Golden Knights.

“Similar to the Kutztown game, our front four started getting pressure on the quarterback late in the game,” Tortorella said.

The special team's unit of the Hawks also chipped in by blocking a Gannon extra point in the second half.

The win continues to build momentum for the team.

IUP football will travel next weekend to face a 0-5 Clarion University football team and look to add its fourth win of the season.

Following that, the team will begin preparing for a massive PSAC matchup against PSAC rival Slippery Rock University.

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