Fairmont State was in the hunt for its second consecutive win on Saturday as the Falcons took a trip down to the capital city to take on Charleston.
The Falcons were coming off a home win over West Liberty the week before, hoping to catapult them into a hot streak to begin conference play.
Charleston wasted no time in the scoring department, as quarterback John Knox connected with Chris Maxwell on a 56-yard bomb for a touchdown. The Golden Eagles led 7-0 only two minutes into the contest.
But the Falcons responded towards the end of the first quarter. FSU forced a three-and-out deep in Charleston territory. On the ensuing UC punt, Ryland Newman took the 38-yard kick back for a touchdown. The game was tied 7-7 heading into the second quarter.
Fairmont State was looking good midway through the second quarter. Scott Davidson came up with a crucial interception on Knox, but a Falcons three-and-out forced yet another punt. Charleston's Jordan Roberts flew in for the block and the ball was recovered in Fairmont State's end zone, resulting in a safety. The Golden Eagles took a slight lead, 9-7.
The Falcons were forced to punt it away due to the safety, allowing Charleston another chance to add to its lead. It only took UC two plays to get back on the board as Roberts broke out on a monumental 45-yard run for a touchdown. Charleston took the 16-7 lead at the half.
In the second half, Fairmont State's opening drive stalled out quickly, giving the ball back to the high-powered Charleston offense. Knox led the Golden Eagles on a 16 play, 68-yard drive down the field, capped off by a goal line touchdown run by Knox. UC took a commanding 23-7 lead.
FSU only mustered a field goal in the entire second half, while the Golden Eagles used a third 40+ yard scoring play to get on the board. Knox connected with Darrell Byrd on a 55-yard screen pass for a touchdown.
Charleston beat Fairmont State 30-10.
The most compelling and telling statistic from Fairmont State's loss to Charleston was the amount of yardage given up by the Falcons defense, especially on the ground. FSU surrendered 436 total yards, including 236 yards in the rushing department. UC tailback Jordan Roberts may be the best running back in the WVIAC, and his numbers showed it on Saturday.
The Falcons will look to regroup with a bye this week. Fairmont State will be back in action on Saturday, October 13. FSU will host conference rival West Virginia Wesleyan at 1 p.m.