History Made by Football in Win Over Ursinus

History Made by Football in Win Over Ursinus

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – For the first time since joining the Centennial Conference in 2010, the Susquehanna football team defeated Ursinus. And not only did the Crusaders win, they won in a big way, defeating the Bears 48-21.

The 48 points were the most scored by SU since a 56-55 overtime win at Gettysburg in 2011 and the 27-point margin of victory is the largest since a 40-14 win a Franklin & Marshall, also in 2011.

Susquehanna (3-4, 2-4) racked up 24 first downs, 498 yards of total offense and 86 total plays against Ursinus (2-5, 1-5).

Seven different players accounted for at least one touchdown for SU, led by two rushing touchdowns from Kyle Neuschatz and two passing touchdowns by Nick Crusco. Neuschatz had a career day with 157 yards rushing on 19 carries. Crusco finished with 243 yards passing and zero picks on 31 pass attempts.

In the receiving game, Patrick Cutillo had a game-high 10 catches for 135 yards.

Jim Barry, normally known for his defense, still had a stellar day on the defensive side of the ball but also got in on the offensive action. He caught one touchdown – the first score of the game – while also finishing with four tackles, all solo.

"These kids stepped up to the plate," head coach Tom Perkovich said. "We challenged them and it's good to see us getting stronger and more physical as the season goes on. We're going to need to continue to do that against our next three opponents."

It turns out the very first defensive series of the game set the tone for the entire afternoon. C.J. Williams, playing in his first game since suffering a knee injury in week two, came up with a huge pick on first-and-10 at the Ursinus 49 and promptly returned it 20 yards.

An illegal block in the back call against SU put the ball back on the Ursinus 49 but Susquehanna still took the ball down to the Ursinus one-yard line. Crusco promptly connected with Barry on a one-yard reception, the senior's first career collegiate touchdown.

The Bears turned the ball over on downs and SU responded with a four-play, 60-yard drive that took a mere 1:26 and resulted in a Neuschatz 48-yard rushing touchdown and a 14-0 game just eight minutes into the action.

Susquehanna put together its third-consecutive scoring drive on its very next possession. Neuschatz got the ball for the final four plays of the drive, the last of which was a one-yard rushing score that put his team up 21-0, which remained the score after the first quarter came to a close.

On the team's first possession of the second quarter, Perkovich pulled out another trick play when wide out Casey Crotty got the ball and threw it directly to a wide open Crusco for a 28-0 lead.

That 28-point lead turned into a 35-point advantage when Crusco connected with Crotty, this time for a 47-yard score and a 35-0 game.

Evan Argiriou's 21-yard field goal with 3:48 to play in the half put the Bears in a 38-0 hole. Ursinus would manage its first points of the game on a touchdown with 57 seconds left in the half to make it 38-7 as the teams headed into their respective locker rooms.

Argiriou tacked on three more points for SU with a 20-yard field goal to open the second half and while Ursinus got on the board with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the game was clearly out of reach for the Bears.

The Crusader defense limited Ursinus to just 11 first downs and 249 yards of offense. Ursinus was 2-of-12 on third down and ran for just 83 yards all afternoon. SU was also able to hold a decided edge in time of possession (38:09).

Susquehanna hits the road to face Franklin & Marshall on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.