District College Football Recap for Saturday, November 2nd

Sunday, November 2, 2014 | 1:00 AM

Week 9 of the college football slate saw a big win for W & J in the PAC, Slippery Rock takes back a share of the lead in the PSAC West and a big Homecoming win in Lorretto for Saint Francis. 

Here are recaps of ALL the games, including one heard here on the Network. 

W & J 51 – Geneva 12
The road woes for the Golden Tornadoes continued while the #15 Presidents continue their quest for a PAC title. W & J led 37-0 at the half and never looked back in the win.

Pete Coughlin tossed touchdown passes of 20 yards to Daniel Lis and 12 yards to Jesse Zubik in the first quarter. Ryan Ruffing scored on runs of one and twelve yards for his 23rd and 24th touchdowns of the season as the Presidents led 28-0. Jared Pratt added a safety, after the free kick, Coughlin hit Max Creighan for a 23 yard touchdown and the rout was on.

Coughlin wasn’t done, he hit Zubik for an 80 yard. Geneva got on the board with a Ryan Mosura two yard run in the third and Ryan Cook added an 11 yard run in the fourth. Alex Rowse scored his first NCAA touchdown on a 52 yard run with 3:51 left in regulation.

Coughlin was 19 of 28 for 281 yards. Lis had seven catches, Zubik had 101 yards on just three catches. Ruffing ran for 113 yards on 18 carries, the Presidents are 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the PAC.

Geneva has not won a road game since 2012, the GT’s are 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the PAC.

Saint Francis 26 – Duquesne 16
Khalil Dickson ran for over 100 yards again and the Red Flash knock off the Dukes on Homecoming in Loretto. Lance Geesey tied a school record with four field goals for Saint Francis, now 4-5 overall.

Geesey gave the Red Flash a 6-3 lead with his second field goal in the third quarter. Ryan Egolf gave Duquesne back the lead with a 26 yard touchdown pass to Ryan Ho and a 10-6 Dukes lead after three.

Geesey hit his third field goal from 30 yards to cut the deficit to one, the game changed with DaQuan Minter notching a 28 yard Pick 6 with 7:22 remaining. Geesey kicked a 43 yard field goal and Zach Drayer had an 18 yard touchdown run with under two minutes to play. Egolf hit Chris King for a seven yard touchdown with six seconds left.

Dickson ran 29 times for 138 yards, the NEC’s leading rusher added to his lead. The Red Flash are 2-2 in the NEC. Egolf started for the second straight week in place of Dillon, he threw for 200 yards on 22 of 42. Devin Rahming had ten catches, King six. Duquesne is now 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the NEC.

IUP 31 – Clarion 0
The Crimson Hawks defense allowed negative eight yards rushing and Chris Temple ran for a career high 114 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown as IUP goes to 6-3 with the win.

IUP scored on the second play of the game as Ackeno Robertson picked off Connor Simmons for a 14 yard Pick 6. After a Brett Ullman field goal, Luigi Lista-Brinza ran for a four yard touchdown and Eddie Stockett hit Walt Pegues for a 30 yard touchdown on the final play of the quarter, IUP led 24-0 after one.

The defense sacked Simmons three times and held Bobby Thomas to nine yards on twelve carries. Temple scored with 56 seconds left in the game to bring IUP to 5-3 in the PSAC West. Clarion falls to 2-7 overall and 2-6 in the PSAC West, having dropped six straight.

Slippery Rock 29 – Edinboro 7
The Rock moved back into a tie for first place with the win at Thompson-Mihalik Stadium. Slippery Rock is now 6-2 in the PSAC West, now tied with Gannon and California. That tie occurred when Cal forfeited its game to Gannon after an incident involving five members of the football team on Thursday.

Slippery Rock can claim the berth in the PSAC State Title Game with a win at Clarion next week and a Cal loss to Mercyhurst. If SRU, Cal and Gannon all tie at 7-2, the tiebreaker would go to Cal.

SRU led 17-0 and never looked back in the game. Shamar Greene ran for 158 yards on 32 carries, the Rock defense sacked backup quarterback Jake Sisson five times and picked him off three times. Leading 3-0 in the first quarter, Jared Buck hit Nick Davis for a 18 yard touchdown later in the quarter and connected with Jaimire Dutrieuille for a 16 yard touchdown in the second and the 17 point lead.

Sisson hooked up with Darren Massey for a 76 yard touchdown to put Edinboro on the board, but Julian Durden recovered a fumble in the end zone and Teddy Blakeman added a five yard score in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring. The Rock is now 7-2 overall. Massey had six catches for 161 yards for the Fighting Scots, now 1-8 overall and 1-7 in the PSAC.

Mercyhurst 49 – Seton Hill 32
At Offutt Field, the Lakers picked up their fifth straight win. Brendan Brown-Dukes ran for a season high 158 yards and two scores and the Mercyhurst defense picked off seven passes, the Lakers committed six turnovers of their own.

Seton Hill used three quarterbacks in the loss, CJ Strong threw for 157 yards, he was picked off twice and had two touchdown passes. Drew Jackson tossed for 287 yards and two scores, with three picks, Dan Pietrangelo was picked off twice. Eric Brown had 13 catches for 118 yards, FJ Williams 11 catches for 261 yards and a score and Jarvis McClam caught eight passes for 107 yards and two scores. Seton Hill is now 2-7 overall, 2-6 in the PSAC.

Brendan Boylan threw two touchdown passes, Colin Kimball had a 41 yard Pick 6. Mercyhurst is now 5-4 overall, the Lakers are 5-3 in the PSAC.

Thomas More 21 – Waynesburg 14
The Yellow Jackets had a chance to tie the game in the final minute but Carter Hill’s pass was batted down in the end zone, giving Thomas More the road win. The Saints take over second place in the PAC with a 6-1 record, trailing only W & J.

CT Tarrent opened the scoring for the Saints with an eight yard run in the first. Domonique Hayden scored in the second on a six yard run. Hill found Zac Capran with a 14 yard td pass with 30 seconds left in the half, Thomas More led 14-7.

Jensen Gebhardt connect with Goose Cohorn for a 55 yard touchdown in the third, Hill hit Andrew English for a four yard touchdown. Thomas More had a chance to put the game away as Tommy Budke tried a 35 yard field goal, it was blocked by Aaron Palmer, the ball was advanced to the Waynesburg 23 with 51 seconds left. Hill led the Yellow Jackets to the Thomas More 38 but could not connect with Capan on the final play.

The Saints are now 7-1 overall. Hayden ran 29 times for 142 yards. Gebhardt was 15 of 29 for 279 yards. Cohorn had four catches for 121 yards. Waynesburg struggled with the ground game today, with just 45 yards rushing. Hill was 22 of 40 for 201 yards, English had seven catches, Bernie Thompson six. The Yellow Jackets are now 7-2 overall, 5-2 in the PAC.

Westminster 28 – Saint Vincent 14
Paul Columbo threw for three touchdowns as the Titans go on the road for the win. The freshman quarterback threw for 172 yards and ran for another 70. Kimu Kim added a one yard touchdown run for Westminster.

Andy Borgen threw a touchdown pass to Dustin Lowman for 26 yards in the second, Shavonta Craft added a two yard run late in the third, he ran 21 times for 93 yards. DJ Oceant-Kelly caught 13 passes, Saint Vincent is now 3-4 overall and 3-3 in the PAC. Westminster is now 2-6 overall and 2-4 in conference.

Bethany 34 –  Grove City 9
Grove City led 7-0 in the second quarter but the Bison rallied to claim the win and go to 6-3 overall.  Brandon Hill scored on a one yard run on the opening drive of the third, Grove City gained a safety, that would be the last score for the Wolverines on the day.

Brian Vales tossed a nine yard pass to Hill, Vales also hit Eric Blinn with a 12 yard scoring strike. Martin McCoy closed the scoring with a 10 yard interception return.

Blinn had ten catches for 155 yards, adding to his totals as the leading receiver in the PAC. Bethany is now 5-2 in the PAC. The Wolverines again struggled throwing the football. Gabe Greco and Tyler Kepple combined for 101 yards passing, Grove City is 0-8 overall. 

Thiel 40 – Carnegie Mellon 27
The Tomcats led 26-0 after three quarters and held off a CMU rally to claim the road win at Gesling Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, Ryan Radke ended a 14 play drive with a 23 yard touchdown run in the second, the quarterback hit Marcus Johnson with a 8 yard touchdown, the first of three on the day. Sam Benger scored with 27 seconds left in the half to put CMU on the board.

Radke and Johnson hooked up two more times in the third for scores of 53 and 44 yards and the big lead. Rich Smallwood added a one yard run for a 33-7 Thiel lead. Andrew Hearon threw two touchdown passes in the fourth, 13 yards to Shae Sealey and 30 yards to Max Reinertsen to cut the deficit to 33-20. Radke put the game out of reach with an eight yard scoring run, Evan Englert finished out the scoring wth a 19 yard touchdown pass to Reinertsen with nine seconds left.

Thiel is now 3-5 overall. Radke threw for 256 yards and ran for 114. Johnson had seven catches for 165 yards, the Tomcats are now 2-4 in the PAC.

The Tartans managed just nine yards rushing. Hearon was 24 of 40 for 244 yards, Reinertsen had nine catches for 119 yards. CMU is now 3-5 overall and in the conference.

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