Crusader Football Back on the Road

Crusader Football Back on the Road

WHO: Susquehanna University (0-2, 0-1) at Dickinson College (0-2, 0-1).

WHAT: The second conference game of the season for both Susquehanna and Dickinson.

WHERE: Biddle Field; Carlisle, Pa.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.

WHY: Both teams enter Saturday's game in search of their first victories of the early season. The Crusaders narrowly lost to No. 13 Johns Hopkins last weekend while the Red Devils fell 38-35 at the hands of Juniata. Saturday's game marks the first home contest of the year for Dickinson.

WHEN THESE TEAMS LAST MET:
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – If Susquehanna's onside kick with less than a minute left in the game had fallen SU's way, perhaps the team would have come from behind to defeat Dickinson but it was not meant to be as the Crusaders fell 24-21 in their 2013 home opener.

Susquehanna led 14-7 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Red Devils were able to put 17 points on the board in the final quarter to come from behind for the victory, spoiling SU's home opener.

LAST TIME OUT FOR SU:
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna held 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins University to just 27 points a week after the Blue Jays put 42 on the board in their season opener, but a missed opportunity late in the game by the Crusader offense meant Johns Hopkins held on for a 27-20 victory.

With less than a minute to play, sophomore tight end Devon Pascoe reeled in a Nick Crusco pass at the Hopkins 10-yard line but fumbled the ball as he reached for more yards on the play. The Blue Jays' Curtis Antrum recovered the ball at the six-yard line and the team ran out the clock to secure the win.

WEALTH PROFESSIONALS/GUS WEBER PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
    For the third season in a row, Wealth Professionals has partnered with Susquehanna athletics to help sponsor the Wealth Professionals/Gus Weber Player of the Week.
    Each week, a player of the week will be recognized at the Quarterback Club Luncheon. The honored player will select a charity of his choice to receive a donation made courtesy of Wealth Professionals. Following the Johns Hopkins game, freshman quarterback Nick Crusco was named the Player of the Week.

GETTING CLOSER:
While a loss is never a team's ultimate goal, the Crusaders still played arguably their best game against Johns Hopkins since joining the Centennial Conference.

Heading into Saturday's game, the average margin of defeat as members of the same conference was 29.5 points but Susquehanna lost by a mere seven last weekend against the 13th-ranked Blue Jays.

ALL-AMERICA ACCOLADES:
Before the Crusaders even stepped on the practice field this summer, two players received preseason honors. Senior kicker Spencer Hotaling and senior wide receiver Denzell Walker were named Preseason All-Americans by USA College Football.

Hotaling, a captain, is a three-time All-Centennial Conference First-Team player and will also serve as the team's punter this season.

Walker, meanwhile, led the team in receiving last fall with 38 catches for 615 yards and five touchdowns.  

FOLLOW THE LEADERS:
Seniors Ken Milano and Spencer Hotaling as well as junior Jim Barry will serve as team captains this fall.

GET IN THE GAME:
The Susquehanna football team hosted its Be the Match bone marrow drive on April 25 and set records in the process. The drive resulted in 360 people joining the registry, marking the most successful drive in the entire Mid-Atlantic Region.

The drive was held in honor of Malena Brown, the teenage daughter of former SU offensive coordinator and current Dallas Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown.

GOAL POST TROPHY RIVALRY:
The 2014 season finale comes on Nov. 15 with a home game against rival Juniata in the annual Goal Post Trophy Game. The Eagles regained the trophy last year with a 17-10 home victory.

Despite last season's loss, SU still holds a 28-25-1 edge in the rivalry series and has won four of its last six games against Juniata.

FEARSOME FIVE:
Five players earned All-Centennial Conference honors following the 2013 campaign.

Then-junior kicker Spencer Hotaling and punter T.J. Morton were First-Team selections. Hotaling became the 39th player in Centennial Conference history to earn First-Team honors for three-straight years.

In addition, junior wide receiver Denzell Walker and linebacker Adrian Bernard earned Second-Team honors for the second-consecutive year and sophomore offensive tackle Elijah Long was named Offensive Honorable Mention.

PRESEASON POLL:
The Crusaders were picked to finish ninth in the preseason Centennial Conference poll, voted on by the league's coaches and sports information directors. Ten teams will compete for the Centennial Conference championship this fall.

Johns Hopkins, which has won the past four Centennial Conference Championships, again topped this year's poll.

BECOME PART OF THE CLUB(S):
The Susquehanna University Quarterback Club luncheons are back this season. The luncheons are held every Friday at noon throughout the football season.         

As in years past, the event will take place in the Apple Community Room of the James W. Garrett Sports Complex on the Susquehanna campus.

A yearly membership to the QB Club is $40. Every week features the Gus Weber Crusader Player of the Week.

Also, don't forget about helping support all of SU's athletic teams by donating to the Varsity Club. Information can be found online at gosusqu.com.

DID YOU NOTICE?
Susquehanna's athletics site, GoSusqU.com, got a complete makeover this past summer! Not only does the website have a fresh look, it now features a video player on the home page as well as each individual sport page. The calender and results section are also easier to read, as are the six rotating headline stories. Be sure to check it out!

KEEPING UP WITH THE CRUSADERS:
Fans can keep up-to-date on all things Crusaders in a variety of ways. Susquehanna's athletic website, GoSusqU.com, remains the place to visit for game recaps, statistics and more. In addition, fans can follow GoSusQu on twitter.com where links to releases, in-game updates and more are posted.

SU athletics is also on Facebook! Fans can search Susquehanna Crusaders on facebook.com and become a friend in order to access photos, links to recaps and stories, in-game updates and more.

Finally, Susquehanna boasts an athletics-only YouTube channel which can be found by searching "GoSusquVIDEO" at youtube.com.

SU TRADITIONS:
Here at Susquehanna, each new class is like a newly sown gingko-a bearer of hope, coming to us as seedlings ready for planting and cultivation. As a body of learners, students grow to become individual branches of the same tree, ever reaching and forever supported by the foundation of the Susquehanna experience. Rooted in shared traditions and a common mission, graduates embark on life's journey assured of their place in the Susquehanna family, a family robust and resilient like the gingko.

For more information, visit www.susqu.edu/traditions.