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GRIFFS, STAGS PUT ON A RECORD-SETTING SHOW

The Canisius College football team couldn't continue its winning ways, but it sure gave its Homecoming and Parents Weekend crowd a show Saturday.

Fairfield junior wide receiver Evan Bishop had five touchdowns -- just one of 27 records set Saturday -- as the Stags outlasted Canisius, 63-44, before a crowd of 1,141 at the Demske Athletic Complex.

The teams combined for 1,052 yards, with Fairfield edging the Griffs, 531-521. The Stags (4-3, 4-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) shrugged off a 12-7 first-quarter deficit by scoring 28 points and led by at least 10 the remainder of the slugfest. The Griffs are 1-5, 1-3 in the MAAC.

Canisius senior quarterback Frank Fusco, a Kenmore native and Canisius High grad, set a Golden Griffins mark for total yards with 406. Fusco completged 22 of 47 passes for a school-record 361 yards. He tied a school mark with four touchdowns while throwing two interceptions.

Bishop's 30 points were a Demske record, as were the nine PAT kicks by Fairfield's Steve Mirasolo.

The game had so many records, some set in the first half were tied in the second. Bishop's three second-quarter touchdowns (for 6, 47 and 22 yards) gave him a Demske record for points in a half with 18. Despite breaking his hand in the first half, Canisius receiver Tom Zabawa (Hutch-Tech) caught three touchdowns (32, 10 and 24) to tie that mark.

Bishop caught eight for 170 yards; Zabawa snared five for 112.

Canisius had 30 first downs to Fairfield's 27, and the Stags had two 100-yard rushers --. Rishawd Watson (15 for 138 and one touchdown) and Anthony Cuppari (21 for 112, two TDs).

Frank Corigliano (Elma) caught five passes for 87 yards for the Griffs.

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