THE SHORT STORY: The Susquehanna and Muhlenberg football teams traded scores all afternoon but it was the Mules who came out on top, winning 33-30 over the River Hawks at a rainy Amos Alonzo Stagg Field.
TEAM RECORDS: Muhlenberg improves to 4-1 overall with a 3-1 mark in Centennial Conference games while SU is 2-3 with a 2-2 mark in conference action.
TURNING POINT: The River Hawks led 30-27 with 8:16 left in the game after Ryan Ganard returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown. Less than three minutes later, the Mules' Nick Savant reeled in a 73-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Palladino that put Muhlenberg ahead 33-30.
The River Hawks were stopped on fourth-and-eight from the Muhlenberg 46-yard line and the Mules were able to run the clock out to secure the win.
HIGH POWERED OFFENSES: SU and Muhlenberg combined for 778 yards of total offense. The Mules has 422 of those yards, 270 of which came through the air. Susquehanna finished with 207 yards passing and 149 yards on the ground.
SU STATS LEADERS: Quarterback Nick Crusco went 19-for-32 for 207 yards and two touchdowns including a long of 61 yards. He also ran for 39 yards.
Tommy Bluj led all receivers with 138 yards and two scores with a 61-yarder marking his longest catch of the afternoon. Cameron Ott again had a 100-plus rushing game with 106 yards on 19 carries.
AND ON DEFENSE FOR SU…Connor Thompson led the team with 10 tackles including a tackle for a loss and one forced fumble. Ganard and Ricardo Reyes had seven tackles apiece with Ganard supplying SU's only pick of the game.
THE KICKING GAME: Evan Argiriou went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts with a long of 39. Dylan Jenkins, meanwhile, punted four times for an average of 36 yards and averaged 61.1 yards on kickoffs.
FOR THE MULES: Palladino finished with 270 passing yards and two touchdowns. Savant ran for 131 yards while Nick Lamb led Muhlenberg with five catches for 132 yards and one score.
John Feaster and Mickey Koby had 10 tackles apiece and the Mules finished with a combined two sacks from three different player.
WINNING THE TIME OF POSSESSION: Despite the loss, the River Hawks had the ball for just under 40 minutes, leaving the Mules just 20:16 of possession time.
RAIN WREAKS HAVOC: The teams battled scattered rain and torrential downpours all afternoon. The Mules fumbled the ball three times while SU had one fumble.
STREAK CONTINUES: Muhlenberg has now won four games in a row against Susquehanna.
UP NEXT: The Centennial Conference enjoys a bye week on Oct. 8. SU hits the road to face Moravian on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.