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Late TD, 2-Pt. Conversion Lifts Cougars Over Widener in MAC Opener

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Sam Gillison made a diving catch in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion with :04 to play as the Misericordia University football team defeated Widener, 36-35, Saturday afternoon at Mangelsdorf Field.

Williams led the Cougars with 122 yards rushing and added 143 yards passing and a score.  Jeremy Bass and Isiah Williams added scores and Damian Diaz returned an interception for a TD.

David Cromwell added 67 yards rushing on 14 carries and Jamal Dallas had 65 yards on 18 carries for the Cougars.

Mike Becke led the MU defense with nine tackles while Garrett Murray and John Pearson added seven stops each.

After Widener scored 21 straight points to take 35-28 with 5:02 remaining, Brady Williams scored his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run.

The Cougars started their game-winning drive at their own 25 yard line after a fair catch with 4:57 to go.

Facing third-and-7, Williams scrambled around left end for 10 yards and a first down at the MU 34.

Klayton Kelly made a sliding catch across the middle on the next play for 13 yards and another first down near midfield.

Williams rolled right and found Kelly along the right sideline for 23 yards to the Widener 30.

B. Williams hit I. Williams near the left sideline for eight yards and a six-yard keeper by B. Williams gave MU a first down at the Widener 14.

A pass interference penalty moved the ball to the Widener two, Williams went in for the score on third down.

With the game on the line and a defender on his back, B. Williams rolled left and hit Gillison in the back left corner of the end zone to put the Cougars back in front.

Jared Skidds knocked down a desperation heave by Widener to end the game.

The teams exchanged punts on their first possessions and MU missed a 43-yard field goal in a scoreless first quarter.

The Pride finally got on the board with a 9-play, 88-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead with 10:24 left in the second quarter.

Cromwell bounced off right tackle on first down for 17 yards on first down and Williams hit Bass for 11 yards to the Widener 48.

The Cougars moved to the Widener 8-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.

MU got the ball right back when Joe Grasso recovered a fumble on the one-yard line on the next play.

Bass recovered a fumble in the end zone on the next snap to pull MU even, 7-7, with 5:28 left in the first half.
 
The Cougars forced a three-and-out and took over at their own 26-yard line with 3:33 left in the half.

Facing third-and-three, Jamal Dallas went around left end for a 14-yard gain to the MU 47-yard line.

Williams used play-action and rolled to his right before throwing back to Dallas on the left for a 24-yard gain to the Widener 23.

Cromwell rumbled up the middle for 10 yards and Williams ran a keeper up the middle for an 8-yard TD to give the Cougars a 14-7 lead with :30 to go in the second quarter.

The Pride went 60 yards in four plays to tie the score, 14-14 at halftime.

Misericordia took the second half kick-off and went 75 yards in six plays to go back in front.

On third-and-one from their own 34, Williams went up the middle for seven yards for a new set of downs.

Gillison took a screen pass on the left side, dodged a tackler, and went 25 yards to the Widener 34.

After a personal foul on the Pride, I. Williams hauled in a B. Williams pass at the 5-yard line, juked a defender and pranced into the end zone for a 21-14 lead with 11:56 left in the third quarter.

The teams traded punts for most of the third quarter before Diaz grabbed a tipped pass and scampered 54 yards down the left sideline to stretch MU's lead to 28-14 with less than a minute to play in the third quarter.

Widener broke three scoring runs of 40+ yards over the next 8:00 to take a 35-28 lead with 5:02 to play.

Misericordia, 1-1, is 1-0 in the MAC and will visit Wilkes, Saturday at 1:00.

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