Lafayette at Penn
September 21, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (9/21/13) Lafayette rallied from a 20-point third quarter deficit before coming up six points short of reigning Ivy League champion Penn.
Things started out well as Shane Brady, who earned the start at safety, registered his first career interception, picking off Billy Ragone on Penn_s first possession. Ragone would even things out midway through the first quarter, completing a five-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Kulcsar for 7-0 lead at 9:15 on a drive that covered 65 yards in eight plays.
The Penn defense would get to Zach Zweizig early and often, and eventually forcing him to leave the game with a concussion. Backup Andrew Dzurik would take over under center for the Leopards.
Lafayette, down 27-7 to start the fourth, began to mount a comeback. The Leopards_ defense forced a punt and Matt Smalley broke through to block it, allowing the ball to travel just 11 yards. The Lafayette offense put together a nine-play drive, using five running plays by Greg Kessel and Ross Scheuerman. Scheuerman_s second straight seven-yard run made it 27-14 with 10:51 remaining in the game.
Defensively, Lafayette allowed only one first down on the next drive, forcing a punt. The Leopards took over with 7:34 left and marched 86 yards for a score. The crucial play on the drive was a 3rd-and-10 at the Penn 25 when Dzurik hit Justin Adams for a 24-yard first down. Scheuerman finished the drive with a one-yard TD plunge to pull Lafayette within six, 27-21 with 5:31 left.
Lafayette looked to its defense again and the unit responded. The Leopards forced a three-and-out and took over at their own 38 with three minutes and two timeouts left.
Dzurik (12-22-2 for 157 yards) immediately found Hall for a 10-yard gain before the drive stalled. Penn stuffed Scheuerman for a loss of one. Then a botched snap moved Lafayette 13 yards farther away. Lafayette took a delay of game and sat 4th-and-29. Lafayette dialed up the hook and ladder to Ross, but his lateral was ruled a forward pass, turning the ball over to Penn to end the game.
Final Score: Penn 27, Lafayette 21.