/seasons/2011/contrib/20111009td6mef

Defense powers Chapman to another come-from-behind win

More news about: Chapman

ORANGE, Calif. – For the fourth time in as many games the Chapman University football team entered the fourth quarter tied or trailing. And for the third, like a magician, the Panthers found the escape hatch. Chapman earned its third come-from-behind win of the season on Saturday night, defeating visiting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 14-9 at Ernie Chapman Stadium.

Hanging onto that 14-9 lead, Chapman (3-1) got a big defensive stand in the final minutes of the game, stopping Claremont (2-2) on fourth-and-three from the Panthers' 5 yard line. The Stags – needing a touchdown to stay alive – nearly gained the first down, but the measurement was short by inches and Chapman held onto its five-point lead with 42 seconds remaining.

Eight minutes earlier, with Claremont leading 9-7, the Panthers capitalized on great field position to score their game winning drive. After a 25-yard punt to Claremont's own 44 yard line, Chapman orchestrated a 9-play scoring sequence capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass from senior QB Bret Visciglia to freshman WR Spencer Jordan. That score put the Panthers up for good at 14-9 with 8:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.

It looked as though Claremont would score on its first possession of the game as the Stags lined up for 25-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter only to have it blocked by the Panthers and the game remained scoreless after one quarter.

Chapman had taken a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter when Visciglia connected with sophomore TE Brian Kirwan on a 12-yard touchdown pass at the 14:14 mark. It was the first time this season the Panthers have scored first against any opponent.

Visciglia completed 20 of 35 passes in the game for 198 yards and two touchdowns.

The Stags scored on their ensuing drive, marching 80 yards on 12 plays and receiving a 6-yard scoring run from senior RB Alex Wheatley to knot the score at 7-7. Wheatley would finish the night with 104 yards rushing, averaging 6.9 yards per carry.

But the Panthers got a bad break on their next possession as an errant snap on a punt attempt sailed through their own endzone for a safety giving the Stags a 9-7 lead with 5:33 remaining. The score remained that way going into halftime and all the way until the fourth quarter.

The Chapman defense, one week removed from surrendering 473 total yards and 35 points to Pomona-Pitzer, keyed Saturday night's victory over Claremont. The Panthers allowed just 277 yards and one touchdown, including stopping the Stags on the pivotal fourth down attempt in the final minute of the game.

Sophomore LBs Wade Minshew and Anthony Ferraro led the Panthers with six tackles each.

Chapman is 3-1 to begin the season for the first time since 2008.

Aug. 31: All times Eastern
TBA
Moravian at King's
7:00 PM
Methodist at Campbell
7:00 PM
Alfred State at Coast Guard
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
7:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
7:00 PM
Stevenson at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Wesley at Delaware Valley
7:00 PM
Mayville St. at Buena Vista
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
McMurry at Okla. Panhandle
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Curry
7:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Washington and Lee
Live Stats
7:00 PM
FDU-Florham at TCNJ
7:00 PM
MIT at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Anna Maria at WPI
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Kalamazoo at Oberlin
TBA
Heidelberg at Olivet
TBA
Worcester State at Salve Regina
TBA
Wilkes at Muhlenberg
TBA
Catholic at McDaniel
TBA
Grove City at Juniata
TBA
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
TBA
Carthage at Aurora
TBA
St. Norbert at UW-Stevens Point
TBA
Knox at Eureka
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
12:00 PM
Norwich at Morrisville State
12:00 PM
Bethany at Ursinus
12:00 PM
Brockport at Hobart
12:00 PM
Augustana at Cortland
12:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Video Live Stats Live Stats
12:30 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Mount Union
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Alma at St. Vincent
1:00 PM
Castleton at Plymouth State
1:00 PM
Lycoming at Susquehanna
1:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at John Carroll
1:00 PM
Alfred at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Misericordia at Merchant Marine
1:00 PM
Albion at Wabash
1:00 PM
Dickinson at Randolph-Macon
1:00 PM
Bluffton at Wooster
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Union at Husson
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at Westminster (Pa.)
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
1:00 PM
Averett at Hampden-Sydney
1:00 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
Live Stats
1:00 PM
William Paterson at RPI
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
1:30 PM
Franklin at Thomas More
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Centre at Hanover
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Capital
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Defiance
1:30 PM
Earlham at Wilmington
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
2:00 PM
Guilford at Huntingdon
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Simpson
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Nebraska Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rockford at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Finlandia at Concordia (Wis.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Bethel
2:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
2:00 PM
Grinnell at St. Olaf
2:00 PM
Hamline at Crown
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Whitworth at Central
2:00 PM
Coe at UW-River Falls
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Ripon
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Presentation at Lawrence
2:00 PM
George Fox at UW-Platteville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Lake Forest at Beloit
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
3:00 PM
Austin at Bacone
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at La Verne
6:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Adrian
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Southern Virginia
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Brevard at Davidson
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Otterbein at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Marietta at Geneva
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Utica
7:00 PM
Southwestern at Denison
7:00 PM
Martin Luther at Minnesota-Morris
7:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
7:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Illinois College
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Trinity Int'l at Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas-Permian Basin
7:00 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
7:00 PM
Wayland Baptist at Louisiana College
8:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Redlands
8:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Augsburg
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
8:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at North Central (Ill.)
8:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Benedictine
8:00 PM
Lyon at Hendrix
8:00 PM
Howard Payne at Southwestern Assemblies
10:00 PM
Rhodes at Willamette
Live Stats
Maintenance in progress.