EDINBORO — Edinboro put a good fight on Saturday, but California University of Pennsylvania was just too much.

The No. 14-ranked Vulcans took home a 35-31 final by scoring last against the homestanding No. 23 Scots.

California improved to 3-1, 1-0 in the PSAC West, while Edinboro fell to 3-1, 0-1.

The Vulcans went up 21-3 early, but the Scots came back with 21 unanswered points on the strength of the running of Houston Brown and quarterback Trevor Harris’ arm.

“It could have gotten ugly real fast, but it didn’t. Our kids didn’t quit. We came down and scored and stayed after it,” Edinboro coach Scott Browning said. “I’m real proud. You can’t ask for anything else.”

Early in the third quarter, California made it 28-24.

Brown took control in the ground game on the following drive. The Scots were also aided by a 15-yard personal foul against California.

Harris carried it in on a keeper to regain the lead at 31-28 late in the contest.

California ended up with a 4th and 9 in Edinboro territory on the next drive and had a touchdown pass negated for offensive pass interference.

After a punt, EUP marched 96 yards down to the Vulcan 4.

On 4th and goal, the ’Boro came up short with 2-yard run and turned the ball over on downs.

Browning decided against a field goal because the margin was only three at the time.

“I felt that either we stick it in or put the ball on the 1-yard line and they have to go 99 yards,” he said. “If you look at the final score, a field goal would not have done us any good anyway. We didn’t have a shot to kick a field goal to win it, so I think we made the right decision there.”

California punted it away one more time on a 4th and 10 at the Edinboro 44.

The Vulcans held the Scots in check and scored on the following possession for the win.

“We had our opportunities but I’m sure had we capitalized on our opportunities they would have said they had their opportunities,” Browning said. “And it probably would have come down to making big plays in the end and they made them.”

General McLane graduate and starting strong safety Dan Skelton was disappointed with the defense on the final scoring drive.

“We just have to make some tackles that’s where we lost the game,” he said.

Harris was injured after taking a helmet to his back but said he was going to play next week.

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