Shippensburg quarterback Zach Zulli threw for 392 yards and four touchdown passes to lead the Red Raiders to a 38-28 win against Shepherd on Saturday. For the Rams (0-1), quarterback Bobby Cooper was 20-of-35 passing for 295 yards and two touchdowns while Kenny Williams ran for 64 yards and two scores.
Shippensburg (1-0) held Shepherd, which was ranked No. 19 in the preseason American Football Coaches Association Division II poll, to under 300 yards of total offense and capitalized on three Rams fumbles to help secure the win.
The Hilltoppers (0-1) lost four fumbles and the quarterbacks combined to throw four interceptions as the offense sputtered. Catawba held West Liberty to negative rushing yards (minus-33 on 36 carries).
For the Hilltoppers, starting quarterback L.D. Crow was knocked out of the game with an early injury. Dylan Legarde, Bo Whitney and Chris Kiedaisch split time under center the rest of the game, combining to go 8 of 25 for 168 yards in Crow's absence.