Crusaders’ Struggles vs. Bears Continue

Crusaders’ Struggles vs. Bears Continue

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Susquehanna's struggles against Ursinus continued on Saturday as the Crusaders fell 44-14 in Collegeville on the Bears' Homecoming Weekend.

The Crusaders (1-6, 1-5) have yet to defeat Ursinus (6-1, 5-1) since joining the Centennial Conference in 2010.

Susquehanna had 254 offensive yards to the Bears' 401 with 111 of those yards coming through the air. Freshman quarterback Nick Crusco (Oak Ridge, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) finished 12-for-23 for 80 yards and one touchdown and did not throw a pick.

Ian Richardson (Hatfield, Pa./Cavalry Christian) again led the running game in the absence of Tim Wade (Doylestown, Pa./La Salle College HS) as the senior ran for 101 yards on 22 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Denzell Walker (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh School) was on the receiving end of four Crusco passes and led the team with 45 receiving yards.

On the opening drive of the game, the Bears methodically moved the ball down the field and capped off a 13-play, 74-yard drive with a Kevin Monahan nine-yard touchdown pass to Nick Pustizzi for the 7-0 Ursinus lead.

SU punted on its first drive of the game but Spencer Hotaling's (Selisngrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) punt pinned the Bears at their own one-yard line. While Ursinus did not find the endzone on its ensuing drive, kicker Eric Boyer did come through with a 37-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead with 1:02 left in the opening quarter.

The Bears continued their scoring streak in the second quarter with another touchdown, this time on a drive that burned 5:07 off the clock and resulted in a Cory Kelly one-yard rushing score for a 17-0 lead.

Susquehanna took over on its own 25-yard line and Crusco found Walker for a 10-yard catch to convert on third-and-three. On the very next play, though, Walker fumbled the ball on SU's 35-yard line. The ball was recovered by Ursinus and while the Bears missed a 47-yard field goal as time expired in the half, they still went into halftime up 17-0.

The second half started on a sour note for the Crusaders when they had a mere 15-second drive to open the period before Matt Glowacki returned Hotaling's punt 66 yards for a quick score and a 24-0 Bears lead.

The Crusaders got seven of those points back on the following drive. Crusco nearly gave the ball back to the Bears when he fumbled the ball on the Ursinus one-yard line but facing fourth and goal on the very next play, Crusco found Richardson in the endzone to make it a 24-7 ballgame.

Unfortunately for Susquehanna, Ursinus countered with another touchdown, the team's fourth of the game, to regain a 24-point lead, 31-7.

The Bears added insurance touchdowns at the 10:36 and 4:35 marks of the fourth quarters to lead 44-7 after a missed extra point on the second touchdown.

Kris Stern (Duncansville, Pa./Hollidaysburg Area) scored the final points of the game on a rushing touchdown with 1:38 remaining but Ursinus still held on for the 44-14 victory.

Defensively, Jim Barry (Staten Island, N.Y./Brooklyn Poly Prep) – the Centennial Conference's leading tackler – had a game-high 16 tackles, 11 of which were solo.

Hotaling punted five times for 172 yards with a long of 57 and three that landed inside the 20-yard line.

The Crusaders return home to host Franklin & Marshall on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.