The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 15, 2013

College football: Susquehanna has good defensive showing in loss

By The Daily Item

BALTIMORE , Md. -- The score of the Susquehanna football team's 24-7 loss at Johns Hopkins tells the story: defense was the name of the game on Saturday afternoon.

Susquehanna (0-2) held a team coming off 38-point season-opening win to just 24 points on Saturday. Despite the loss, the game marked the fewest points Johns Hopkins (2-0) has scored against the Crusaders since 1977 when Susquehanna won, 20-12.

Adrian Bernard and Steven Viegas led the way on defense with 11 tackles apiece with Viegas also adding one sack and a tackle for loss. Cody Miller had eight tackles -- seven solo -- with one of SU's two interceptions as well as a pass break up.

Meanwhile, Susquehanna's struggles on the offensive line translated into nine total sacks of starting quarterback Taylor Kolmer. Kolmer finished the day 10-of-19 for 90 yards and zero interceptions. He also ran the ball for SU's only touchdown of the day.

Six different receivers caught at least one pass from Kolmer with Devon Pascoe leading the way with 35 yards receiving on two catches while Casey Tosches had three catches for 25 yards. Sophomore Tim Wade led the running game with 56 yards on 19 carries.

The Blue Jays finished the game with 485 total offensive yards to SU's 122.

The teams traded downs for the first eight minutes of the opening quarter before Johns Hopkins broke through for a four-play, 82-yard drive that took just 50 seconds and made it 7-0.

Several possessions later, Stephen Homan was able to help end a potential John's Hopkins scoring drive with a fumble recovery as SU took over at its own 37 yard-line with 4:43 left in the quarter.

Kolmer drove the offense down the field and connected with Pascoe on a 31-yard reception that put the ball on the one-yard line. Kolmer followed that with a quarterback keeper to knot the game at seven with 1:29 on the clock.

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