Football Back on the Road

Football Back on the Road

WHO: Susquehanna University (1-5, 1-4) at Ursinus College (5-1, 4-1).

WHAT: The second of back-to-back road games for the Crusaders.

WHERE: Patterson Field; Collegeville, Pa.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.

WHY: The Crusaders play their second of back-to-back road games when they face Ursinus on Saturday on the Bears' Homecoming Weekend. SU is riding momentum from a 24-21 win at Moravian - Susquehanna's first victory of the fall - while Ursinus suffered its first loss of the season, 38-10, at Juniata.

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – For the first time in over five years, Susquehanna hosted a night game under the lights at Lopardo Stadium as the Crusaders welcomed Centennial Conference opponent Ursinus. Unfortunately, the excitement of the night did not translate into a win as SU fell 30-10 to the Bears.

Susquehanna was out-gained 368-272 in total offensive yards but nearly matched Ursinus in rushing yards with 151 to the Bears' 157. SU's Tim Wade accounted for 131 of those rushing yards as he carried the ball 26 times.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – In the epitome of a back-and-forth battle, Susquehanna came out on top of Moravian 24-21 in Bethlehem. Senior Preseason All-American Spencer Hotaling knocked a 40-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play to ultimately win the game for the Crusaders as they picked up their first win of the season.

The teams literally traded scores for the duration of the game, with Hotaling's field goal marking the final points of the game.

SU passed for 218 yards while the defense held Moravian to 160 yards through the air. Freshman quarterback Nick Crusco finished with 20 completions and one touchdown.

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 Moravian game, senior safety Cody Miller was named the Player of the Week.

Saturday's 24-21 win at Moravian marked SU's first victory of the fall. One year ago almost to the exact date, Susquehanna entered its Oct. 19 home game against the Greyhounds also in search of its first win of the season and the Crusaders promptly picked up a 27-17 win on Homecoming Weekend.

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.

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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.
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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.

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.

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.  

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