River Hawk Football Wins Big over F&M

River Hawk Football Wins Big over F&M

THE QUICK: The Susquehanna football team dealt visiting Franklin & Marshall College just its second loss of the season with a 20-10 victory on Family Weekend.

TEAM RECORD: SU improves to 4-4 overall with 3-4 Centennial Conference record while the Diplomats fall to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in conference games.

THE TURNING POINT: There were several big plays in the game and one of the biggest was Danial Shelton's interception of Diplomat quarterback Zachary Bradley with just 5:33 left in regulation and the River Hawks up 20-10. Shelton picked Bradley off at the Susquehanna 16-yard line in what was Shelton's second of two picks on the day. In total, the River Hawks finished with four interceptions.

A FEW STATS: SU struggled in the running game but put up 393 passing yards. Nick Crusco threw for 393 yards and one touchdown. Robert Marks led all receivers with 175 receiving yards and one touchdown on five receptions.  Chris Beals reeled in nine catches for 122 yards.

AND ON DEFENSE: The Diplomats were held to 139 yards on the ground and Bradley was picked off four times. For SU, David Simpson led the way with nine tackles while Cole Dixon added eight to go along with one pick. A.J. Willard picked up SU's lone sack of the day and Shelton had seven tackles to go along with the aforementioned two interceptions. In total, nine different players had at least five tackles in the game for Susquehanna. Brandon Tinson had eight tackles (three solo) with two tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one pick and one fumble recovery.

THE SCORING PLAYS: Freshman running back Torey Brown opened the scoring with a one-yard run at the 5:59 mark of the first quarter. F&M got on the board with a field goal 14 seconds into the second quarter and those marked the only points of the half.

Early in the third quarter, Marks reeled in a 69-yard touchdown pass from Crusco for a 14-3 SU lead. The Diplomats scored their first and only touchdown of the day on a Taalib Gerald eight-yard run with 4:54 to play in the third quarter that pulled F&M within four (14-10).

SU ultimately put the game out of reach, though, on Brown's one-yard run with 12:52 to play in the game. A missed extra point kept it a 20-10 score but that missed point proved inconsequential as the Susquehanna defense came up with clutch plays to keep F&M off the scoreboard for the remainder of the afternoon.

CAREER FIRSTS: Brown picked up the first two touchdowns of his collegiate career with rushing scores in the first and fourth quarters, both one-yard scores. Marks's third-quarter score was also the first of his career.

THE FIRST SINCE…Saturday's win was SU's first over F&M since the 2012 season.

BENNY THE RIVER HAWK: Prior to kickoff, Susquehanna University unveiled its new mascot, Benny the River Hawk. The name was chosen by a vote of the student body.

UP NEXT: SU takes to the road for the final time this season to face McDaniel on Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.

SENIOR SENDOFF: On Nov. 12, Susquehanna returns home to host Juniata at 1 p.m. in the final game of the season. The team will honor its senior members prior to the start of the game.