Turnovers Haunt Football in Road Loss to Gettysburg

Turnovers Haunt Football in Road Loss to Gettysburg

Quarterback Nick Crusco ran for one touchdown and threw for two more in a span of six minutes and 36 seconds in the first quarter as the Susquehanna University Football team took a 21-7 lead against Gettysburg College Saturday afternoon. The Bullets responded with 22 consecutive points including three field goals to score a come-from-behind 29-21 win on Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium in Gettysburg.

Gettysburg (3-5 Overall, 3-4 Centennial Conference) took an early lead in the game with a seven-play scoring drive to start the contest. The teams traded punts for the next two possessions before Crusco got the Susquehanna (5-3, 4-3) offense going with a four play scoring drive that he capped with runs of 11 yards and a three-yard scoring run to tie the game at 7-7. The big play in the drive was a 57-yard pass from Crusco to Mikah Christian.

On the ensuing drive, the Susquehanna defense forced a three-and-out and Crusco engineered another scoring drive. In the nine-play drive, Crusco connected with Diamente Holloway three times including the final play of the drive with a three-yard pass play for a 14-7 River Hawks lead.

The defense forced another three-and-out possession setting up the third Susquehanna TD drive in the quarter as Crusco connected with Christian for a 43-yard score on the first play of the drive and Susquehanna took a 21-7 lead.

Gettysburg answered with a pair of field goals in the second quarter and one more in the middle of the third quarter to trim the lead to 21-16.

Early in the fourth quarter, Gettysburg regained the lead with a 78-yard pass and catch. The two-point conversion attempt failed but the Bullets took a 22-21 lead.

The River Hawks had the final three drives of the game all end with turnovers and Gettysburg tacked on a final TD as a result of a nine-play drive for the final margin of victory.

Christian had a big day for the receivers 134 yards on six catches while Cameron Ott rushed for 107 yards on 24 carries. Crusco finished 19-for-35 for 248 yards and two TDs.

Defensively, Cole Dixon finished with 11 tackles David Simpson had nine while Ricky Reyes and Kyle Micik ended with eight tackles each.

The River Hawks will finish the home schedule Saturday, Nov. 4 against McDaniel with a 1 p.m. game as the seniors will be honored prior to the start of the game.