November 09, 2012
Kolmer brings SU back in fourth quarter
The Crusaders demonstrated that on Saturday in a 42-38 shoot-out with McDaniel, in which the Crusaders trailed until the 6:01 mark in the fourth quarter before holding on for the victory.
Every time the Green Terror scored, sophomore quarterback Taylor Kolmer led his team down the field to answer.
"[It was] a great win in a hostile environment," head coach Steve Briggs said. "We kind of knew going into it, how tough it was going to be."
The win was the Crusaders' first win at McDaniel since 1969, when the school was known as Western Maryland College. The win gave the Crusaders a 7-6 edge in the all-time series.
"It was exciting," Kolmer said. "No one really expected it to be that close or that hard-fought."
"We played poorly in some situations but very well in others," Briggs said. "Our playmakers took over, which is tremendous."
Kolmer threw for four scores and ran for another, but none was bigger than his last, a 64-yard pass to senior wide receiver Mike Ritter to give the Crusaders a 42-38 lead.
Ritter accounted for three touchdowns from Kolmer on the day, finishing with six catches for 167 yards.
Briggs credited Kolmer's play in the second half of the Crusaders' 24-17 win over Franklin & Marshall on Oct. 27 as a springboard for his success against the Green Terror.
"Taylor Kolmer has been getting better every week," Briggs said. "Against F&M two weeks ago, I thought he really played well, especially in the second half."
An interception by senior cornerback Will Dyson set up Kolmer and company with starting field position at their own 40-yard line.
After a sack on first down, Kolmer connected with Ritter to put the Crusaders ahead for the first time in the game.
The Crusaders pulled within two points at 38-36 after Kolmer completed a three-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Denzell Walker on third-and-goal.
The Crusaders benefitted from a facemask penalty on the Green Terror on a third-and-three from the 44 after freshman running back Tim Wade had been stopped for no gain.
Although the Crusaders defense allowed 38 points, and allowed McDaniel junior running back Joe Rollins to run for 266 yards and four touchdowns, interceptions led to the final two Crusaders touchdowns in the comeback.
Defensive stops were at a premium with the two teams combining with 846 yards of total offense.
After coming out of the locker room, both teams made it clear that the game would be an offensive shootout with two scores in the first 38 seconds of the second half.
After a touchdown by Rollins, senior free safety Jalon Scott grabbed the ensuing kickoff and raced 84 yards for a touchdown to pull the Crusaders within four, 25-21.
After a fumble recovery by sophomore defensive back Ryan MacIver, sophomore kicker Spencer Hotaling brought the Crusaders within one on a 37-yard field goal.
The Crusaders will close out their season at home against Juniata on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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