The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 15, 2013

College football: Susquehanna has good defensive showing in loss


Jared Minori continued the fumble recovery trend as he came up with the ball on the Blue Jays' ensuing possession, giving the ball to the Crusaders on their own 37 yard-line to start the second quarter. Unfortunately Kolmer was sacked on third down, forcing T.J. Morton to come out to punt the ball away. Morton punted 11 times on Saturday with an average of 43 yards per punt, including a long of 54.

The Blue Jays were able to tack on another touchdown the very next drive courtesy of a 36-yard pass from quarterback Robbie Matey to Brandon Cherry for a 14-7 ballgame with 7:02 remaining in the half.

Miller came up with a critical interception on the Susquehanna 12-yard line as the clock ticked down inside the one-minute mark, thus helping keep it a one-score game (14-7) at halftime.

Six minutes into the third quarter, Tom McLoughlin picked off Matey on the Crusader 15-yard line to put Kolmer and the offense on the field still down by just one touchdown. Unfortunately, the Johns Hopkins defense continued its dominant defensive play as SU was forced to punt the ball away.

It still remained a seven-point game as the game headed into the fourth quarter. However, a Johns Hopkins drive that started in the third quarter culminated in the team's third touchdown of the game to make it a 21-7 contest with 13:21 of action remaining.

The Blue Jays added a field goal at the 2:53 mark of the fourth quarter for a 24-7 advantage, leaving the Crusaders without enough time to mount a comeback.

Susquehanna finally hosts its first home game of the season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. game against conference opponent Dickinson.

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