October 1, 2011

Case Western Reserve Escapes with Last-Minute Win at Allegheny

More news about: Allegheny

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Hanging on to a 10-9 lead with just over one minute left in regulation, Allegheny fumbled deep in its own territory while trying to run out the clock. Case Western Reserve made the most of the late chance with a three-yard touchdown pass and two-point conversion en route to a 17-10 victory over the Gators in a nationally-televised broadcast on Saturday at Frank B. Fuhrer Field.

Allegheny (2-3) had a chance to steal a win over the Spartans (3-1) after Erik Olsen's attempted pass to Sean Lapcevic on fourth down fell incomplete. Brad Burkley was in on the coverage as the Gators' defense held as they had most of the afternoon. Taking over with 1:21 left on the clock, the Gators ran two plays up the middle while Case burned its two remaining timeouts. Another play would have caused the clock to sink well under a minute, and would have put the Spartans in a position to have to march the length of the field to secure the go-ahead score. Unfortunately, Case's Dan Calabrese delivered an outstanding stick on Brian Tamburlin as the tailback bounced to the outside while Cary Dieter picked up the loose ball and rumbled 10 yards to the Allegheny five-yard line. The quick turn of events stunned the Gator faithful, who braved a cold and rainy afternoon in the 2011 homecoming game.

The Blue and Gold trailed 3-0 at halftime, and spotted the Spartans a 9-0 lead following a 33-yard touchdown pass by Olsen to Brian Rice midway through the third quarter. The Gators defense, which had been opportunistic in previous games this season, once again sparked the team's resurgence as Travis Wilkins picked off Olsen on Case's next possession and returned the interception 29 yards to the Spartan one. On the next play, fullback Tim Werley punched in the score to slice into the deficit.

Allegheny's defense made a strong stand on the ensuing possession, before piecing together another scoring drive on its next opportunity. The key play of the drive occurred on a third-and-six from the Case 47-yard line as quarterback Jordan Fowler connected with Max Kauert on a play that was nearly intercepted by Jacob Adams. Threading the needle to Kauert, Allegheny's senior tight end covered 46 yards before being tackled one yard from the end zone. The Case Western Reserve front line, which was dominant throughout the day, held its ground, but Ryan Zipf converted a 20-yard field goal attempt to push the Gators in front, 10-9, with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The Spartans held decisive advantages in nearly every statistical category, but the Gators defense thwarted five of Case's seven fourth-down attempts, while manufacturing five sacks and six pass break-ups. Doug Williams led the attack with a career-best 13 tackles, while Wilkins made 11 tackles in addition to the momentum-changing pick. Bill Devlin added 10 tackles, including a game-high nine solo stops.

Olsen finished 23-of-39 for 228 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Spartans. Five players caught at least three passes, while Kenny Riordan led the ground assault with 88 yards on 18 carries.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Belhaven at Millsaps
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Coast Guard
7:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
7:00 PM
Ursinus at Millersville
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
Bethel at UW-Stout
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater (Va.)
7:00 PM
Averett at Washington and Lee
Live Stats
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Morrisville State
7:00 PM
MIT at WPI
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westfield State at Nichols
7:00 PM
Becker at Fitchburg State
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
7:00 PM
Curry at Bridgewater State
8:30 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
TBA
Buffalo State at Otterbein
TBA
Lycoming at Susquehanna
TBA
Guilford at Greensboro
TBA
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
TBA
Wilkes at Muhlenberg
TBA
Catholic at McDaniel
TBA
Buena Vista at UW-Platteville
TBA
George Fox at La Verne
12:00 PM
Hobart at Dickinson
12:00 PM
Norwich at RPI
12:00 PM
Heidelberg at Cortland State
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
12:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Thomas More
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Alfred at Husson
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Endicott
Live Stats
12:00 PM
TCNJ at Christopher Newport
12:00 PM
Worcester State at Salve Regina
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Grove City at Juniata
12:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Southwestern Assemblies
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Alfred State
1:00 PM
Alma at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at Capital
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
1:00 PM
Earlham at Olivet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Centre at Hanover
1:00 PM
Wabash at Hampden-Sydney
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Wooster
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Ithaca at Union
1:00 PM
Brockport State at Oberlin
1:00 PM
John Carroll at St. Vincent
1:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Hartwick
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Randolph-Macon
1:00 PM
Castleton State at Plymouth State
1:00 PM
Methodist at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Video
1:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Franklin
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bethany at Mount Union
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Bluffton at Wilmington
2:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
2:00 PM
Beloit at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Rockford at Lawrence
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Carthage at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Coe
2:00 PM
Jamestown at Concordia-Moorhead
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Hamline
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at St. Olaf
2:00 PM
Dubuque at St. John's
2:00 PM
Illinois College at Aurora
2:00 PM
North Park at Concordia (Wis.)
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Simpson
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Austin
2:00 PM
Southwestern at Hardin-Simmons
2:00 PM
Knox at Eureka
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at Robert Morris Univ. (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Ripon
2:00 PM
Louisiana College at Huntingdon
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
3:00 PM
Pacific at College of Idaho
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Live Stats
4:30 PM
Misericordia at Utica
Live Stats Video Audio
5:00 PM
Defiance at Adrian
6:00 PM
Moravian at King's
6:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
6:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at Albion
6:00 PM
Redemption Christian College at Southern Virginia
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Rose-Hulman
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Hiram
7:00 PM
Marietta at Denison
7:00 PM
Anderson at Taylor (Ind.)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Howard Payne
7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Sul Ross State
7:00 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Augustana
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
7:30 PM
Benedictine at Central
8:00 PM
McMurry at East Texas Baptist
8:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Wartburg
8:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Crown
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
8:00 PM
Frostburg State at Geneva
Maintenance in progress.