WHITTIER, Calif. – With a seven point lead near the end of
the third quarter, junior RB Al White scored on a
42-yard run which give the Chapman University football team a
two-touchdown lead en route to the 29-17 win over Whittier College
on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Chapman is now 11-3
all-time against Whittier as they avenged last year's
Homecoming loss to the Poets.
White's run which came on a draw play on third and long,
gave Chapman a 24-10 lead with 26 seconds remaining in the third
quarter. Chapman's defense extended the lead to 26-10 with a
safety at the 8:50 mark of the fourth quarter marking its first
safety since a 33-14 win over La Verne in 2008. On Chapman's
next possession after the safety, sophomore kicker Mauricio
Alfonso capped a nine play, 36 yard drive with a 37-yard
field goal which pushed the lead to 29-10.
Whittier (1-4) answered with a 22-yard touchdown pass from junior
QB Alesana Sausau to senior WR Josh
Ollison narrowing Chapman's lead to 29-17 with 1:56
remaining in the game. The Panthers then recovered the ensuing
onside kick to secure the win. Sausau who picked apart the Chapman
defense last season was limited to 110 yards passing with a
touchdown and an interception to go along with 60 yards on the
On the first drive of the game, junior WR Mike
Lambesis continued his strong play of late, giving Chapman
a 7-0 lead with 9:05 remaining in the first quarter on a 7-yard
touchdown pass from junior QB Bret Visciglia.
Lambesis who had one-career touchdown before last week's win
over Claremont now has three touchdowns in the last two games.
Lambesis had a game-high eight catches for 89 yards and a
After a promising drive deep into Chapman territory just minutes
into the second quarter, Whittier had the opportunity to narrow the
score to 7-3 only to come up empty as sophomore K Eric
Cejudo missed the short field goal. Chapman then marched
down the field and pushed their lead to 14-0 on a 1-yard run by
freshman QB Michael Lahey. The Folsom, Calif.
native was Chapman's leading rusher with 83 yards on 16
carries and also completed all three of his pass attempts.
The Poets got on the board with 2:59 remaining in the second
quarter on a 28-yard touchdown run by sophomore RB Kimble
Tillman making the score 14-7. Chapman then answered with
a 39-yard field goal by Alfonso, the longest of his career. With
Whittier driving just before halftime and in Chapman territory,
senior DB Peter Antone picked off Sausau with 59
seconds left in the quarter to end the threat giving Chapman a 17-7
lead at the break.
The Panthers had their best offensive game of the season with 363
yards of total offense and most importantly, no turnovers. Once
again Chapman had its running game going as they ran for 217 yards
and two touchdowns. In addition to Lahey's 83 yards rushing,
White had 62 yards on seven carries and senior RB Akio
Lloyd had 83 yards on seven carries. Visciglia also had a
solid game completing 14-of-22 passes for 114 yards. Sophomore DB
Nick Nugwynne led the defense with seven tackles
while senior LB Brian Kaltenecker and junior LB
Erick Mueller each had a sack.