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.
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.