Josh Kniess rushed for a career-high 176 yards to lead The Rock effort

Aug. 28, 2004

Slippery Rock, Pa. - Junior running back Josh Kniess rushed for a career-best 176 yards and scored one touchdown to lead The Rock's effort in a heartbreaking 20-17 loss to visiting Bloomsburg in the 2004 season opener.

Bloomsburg, picked as the team to beat in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's Eastern Division, needed a late-minute touchdown to subdue The Rock, which is picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the PSAC-West race.

The visitors scored the game-winning touchdown one play after The Rock was slapped with a controversial pass interference penalty on a fourth-down play in the end zone.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Nate Crookshank passed for 151 yards in his first collegiate game as The Rock amassed over 300 yards in total offense.

The NCAA Division II Rock has a short week of preparation before travelling to perennial Division I-AA power Youngstown State for a 7:30 p.m. game on Thursday.

SRU then travels to Shepherd (W. Va.) on Sept. 11 before returning home Sept. 18 to entertain Fairmont State (W. Va.).