WHO: Susquehanna University (0-5, 0-4) at Moravian College (3-2, 2-2).
WHAT: The first game for both teams following a conference-wide bye week.
WHERE: Rocco Calvo Field; Bethlehem, Pa.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.
WHY: The Centennial Conference returns to action on Saturday following a bye week for all teams. The Crusaders hope to open the second half of the season with a victory while the Greyhounds are looking to rebound from a 24-0 loss at Ursinus on Oct. 4.
WHEN THESE TEAMS LAST MET:
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The first win of the season could not have come on a better weekend as Susquehanna grabbed a 27-17 win over Moravian at a packed Lopardo Stadium on Homecoming Weekend.
The Crusaders opened and ended the game with high-scoring quarters and withstood a late Moravian charge to hold on for the win.
The big difference in the game came on the ground as SU racked up 192 yards rushing, led by 166 from sophomore Tim Wade. Wade carried the ball 35 times and averaged just under five yards per carry.
LAST TIME OUT FOR SU:
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A furious, late-game rally by Susquehanna again fell just four points short as the Crusaders dropped a 24-20 battle to Muhlenberg in the final game before the Centennial Conference bye week.
SU trailed by 21 points at halftime before exploding for a 20-point second half performance. Unfortunately, a Muhlenberg field goal provided much-needed insurance for the Mules as they hung on for the win.
The story of the game, at least from the Crusaders' perspective, was the historic performance by junior running back Tim Wade. Wade rushed for 202 yards on 31 carries.
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 Gettysburg game, junior running back Tim Wade was named the Player of the Week.
A SELFLESS ACT:
From late August through early September, senior offensive lineman Ron Vilardi's mind was pre-occupied by something other than preseason and the start of his final year as a Crusader.
Vilardi was in the midst of becoming a bone marrow donor for a woman in her forties suffering from leukemia. Vilardi missed the end of preseason and the first two games of his senior campaign, but has no regrets and has said he would do it all over again.
To read the complete story on Vilardi's act, visit www.gosusqu.com.
COACH TO CURE MD:
Saturday, Sept. 27 marked Coach to Cure MD Day for football programs across the country and across divisions. Now in its seventh year, Coach to Cure MD seeks to raise awareness and money to fund research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most prolific lethal childhood genetic disorder.
Coaches and players across the country, including those from Susquehanna and Gettysburg, wore Coach to Cure MD patches on their shoulders.
In addition, eight-year-old twin brothers who suffer from Duchenne MD - Dayton and Blake Biesecker - were in attendance at the game.
For more information, log onto www.coachtocuremd.org.
While a loss is never a team's ultimate goal, on Sept. 13, the Crusaders still played arguably their best game against Johns Hopkins since joining the Centennial Conference.
Heading into the matchup against the Blue Jays, the average margin of defeat as members of the same conference was 29.5 points but Susquehanna lost by only seven against 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins.
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 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.
Second Half of Season Gets Underway for SU Football
Oct 15, 2014