ORANGE, Calif. – A last-minute drive by the Chapman University football team came up just four yards short of a potentially game-winning score, as the No. 13 University of Redlands held on for a 19-13 win on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field. The last three games between Chapman and Redlands have each been decided by six points or less.
After Redlands missed a 38-yard field goal by sophomore K Kevin Grady, Chapman took over on its last drive at its 21-yard line with 3:06 remaining in the fourth quarter and a chance for the win. Chapman marched the ball down to Redlands' 13-yard line in five plays. Three of the plays were pass completions by senior QB Bret Visciglia including a 41-yard play to junior WR Kali'I Kunitomo.
A costly personal foul penalty pushed back Chapman's offense to the Redlands 28-yard line. Visciglia then hit senior WR Mike Lambesis for a 13-yard completion on third down to Redlands' 15-yard line which set up a last-ditch fourth down play. The Panthers needed 12 yards for the first down to extend the drive, but managed to get just 11 yards as Kunitomo was stood up near the down marker by Bulldogs' junior DB Scott Payton. Visciglia connected with Kunitomo seven times on the afternoon for 153 yards and a long completion of 47 yards. Kunitomo had a career day, as did Visciglia who threw for 303 yards.
On its next possession, Chapman (4-5) put together an 8-play, 75-yard drive to take a 7-6 lead with 8:18 remaining in the first quarter. A 47-yard pass from Visciglia to Kunitomo set up the touchdown by sophomore RB Kyle White on a 3-yard dive up the middle.
Chapman freshman DB Jordan Williams made a diving interception of Redlands junior QB Chad Hurst on the next possession giving Chapman the ball at midfield. Chapman's offense turned the ball back over on a fumble by junior RB Chad Milburn three plays later. Redlands then went 42 yards in 10 plays and scored on a 39-yard field goal by Grady to take the lead back at 9-7 with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter. The Bulldogs added another field goal with 11:12 remaining before halftime to take a 12-7 lead.
With eight second before halftime, Chapman narrowed the score to 12-10 on a 32-yard field goal by junior K Mauricio Alfonso.
by Chris Watts
Sports Information Assistant