SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Unfortunately for the Susquehanna football, Moravian got the final word in a back-and-forth battle, defeating the Crusaders 21-14 in the first game following the Centennial Conference bye week.
SU (2-4, 1-4) was held scoreless in the second half by the Greyhounds (5-1, 4-1), who remain undefeated on the road this year.
It did not take long for the Crusaders to jump out to a lead; it took just 72 seconds, in fact, when Diamente Holloway caught a 48-yard pass from wideout Casey Crotty on a trick play for a 7-0 game.
Less than four minutes later, Moravian responded with a touchdown of its own – a Mike Hayes pass to Andrew Racobaldo – that knotted the game at seven.
It remained 7-7 until the 8:48 mark of the second quarter when Colin Buckley reeled in a 10-yard pass from Nick Crusco for the 14-7 Crusader advantage.
Just inside the two-minute mark of the half, the Greyhounds tied the game on an Eli Remond 27-yard scoring run that made it 14-14 at the midway point of the game.
The teams combined for six first downs and 107 yards of offense in the third quarter but punted a combined five times and neither team put points on the board for a tie game heading into the deciding quarter of play.
On its first possession of the fourth quarter, Moravian drove the ball to the Crusader four-yard line. On first-and-goal, Hayes kept the ball for the four-yard score, which proved to be the game-winning play as it put Moravian up 21-14 with 8:57 to play.
SU turned the ball over on downs on its next two possessions and the Greyhounds were able to run the clock out on its final drive of the game.
Susquehanna finished with 190 yards through the air. Crusco threw for 106 yards and also led the team with 61 rushing yards on 16 carries. Patrick Cutillo caught five passes for 57 yards and Holloway and Buckley accounted for SU's scores on the day.
Tom McLoughlin and Jim Barry led the team with 11 tackles apiece. A.J. Willard had two of SU's three sacks for a net loss of seven yards and Kyle Micik accounted for the Crusaders' third sack of the afternoon.
Susquehanna remains home to host Ursinus on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.