Late Rally Falls Short for Football

Late Rally Falls Short for Football

THE MAIN STORY: Twenty-one second-half points were not enough to lead the Susquehanna football team to a come-from-behind win at Ursinus as the River Hawks fell 31-24.

TEAM RECORDS: Susquehanna is now 3-4 with a 3-3 record in Centennial Conference games. The Bears are now 1-6 and 1-5 in conference action.

RALLY FALLS SHORT: SU went into halftime trailing 31-3 before out-scoring Ursinus 21-0 in the second half. The River Hawks scored three times in the last 17 minutes of the game, including a touchdown with 41 seconds left that trimmed Ursinus' lead to 31-24.

WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT? After Susquehanna's score at the 41-second mark, Ursinus got the ball at the SU 41-yard line and ran the clock out.

SU'S LATE SCORES: With 12 minutes left in the third quarter, quarterback Nick Crusco ran for a one-yard run that made it 31-10. Eight minutes later, Chris Beals caught a 31-yard pass from Crusco to make it a 14-point game (31-17) before Crusco's four-yard run at the 41-second mark pulled Susquehanna within seven (31-24).

The River Hawks actually jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Evan Argiriou's 31-yard field goal at the 7:09 mark of the opening quarter. After that score, though, the Bears put up 31 unanswered points over the course less than 19 minutes with 14 points in the first quarter and 17 in the second.

SU STAT LEADERS: Crusco threw for 309 yards and one touchdown while rushing for two more scores. Beals finished with 77 yards and the one score while Tommy Bluj caught six passes for 83 yards. Luke Robertson ran for 42 yards.

TEAM STATS: The River Hawks threw for 309 yards to Ursinus' 186. The Bears, however, had 204 yards on the ground while holding SU to just 55 and edged Susquehanna in total yardage 390 to 364.

Susquehanna also had 24 first downs to the Bears' 22 and held Ursinus to 31 percent on third down.

THE SU DEFENSE: Despite the final outcome, the Susquehanna defense played lights out in the second half. Marc LeDrappier finished the game with seven tackles while Juwan Rodriguez added six, including a sack.

AND ON SPECIAL TEAMS…Dylan Jenkins averaged 63.5 yards per kick and just over 48 yards per punt.

Susquehanna returns home for the first time since Oct. 1 to host Franklin & Marshall at 1 p.m.