September 20, 2013
Matey sinks SU's vesselAfter hanging around for the first three quarters, the Crusaders fell, 24-7, to Johns Hopkins Saturday. Susquehanna was outdistanced in the fourth by a strong Johns Hopkins squad, which finished on a 17-0 run.
Johns Hopkins got the scoring going on their second drive of the game when senior quarterback Robbie Matey connected with sophomore running back Brandon Cherry for a 36-yard score.
The Crusaders answered with 1:29 left in the first quarter when junior quarterback Taylor Kolmer capped a 62-yard drive by finding the end zone on a one-yard run.
The score remained tied until the 7:21 mark of the second quarter when Matey found the end zone again, this time with his feet, finishing off a 10-play, 79-yard drive with a six-yard score.
The score remained 14-7 throughout the entire third quarter as Johns Hopkins dominated possession but failed to score due to several timely takeaways by the Susquehanna defense.
Interceptions by junior cornerback Cody Miller and sophomore cornerback Tom McLoughlin and two fumbles recovered by the Crusaders' defense caused promising Blue Jay drives throughout the first three quarters to come up with no points.
Susquehanna coach Steve Briggs said he was pleased with his defense's ability to force Blue Jays turnovers.
"Everybody's trying to up-tempo you and how you stop that is get the ball, and our guys did a great job doing that," Briggs said.
However, the Crusaders' offense struggled to get much going, failing to score after their first-quarter touchdown. Despite this, they trailed by just seven points entering the fourth quarter thanks to Johns Hopkins' inability to keep the ball.
In the final 15 minutes of play, however, the Crusaders failed to force any turnovers and the Blue Jay offense dominated possession, putting 10 points on the board and sealing the win.
Matey's second rushing touchdown of the day came with 13:21 left in the game and pushed the lead to 21-7.
Ten minutes later, freshman kicker Nick Campbell hit a 21-yard field goal extending the Blue Jay lead to 17 points, where it would remain for the remainder of the game.
"We have to be consistent," Briggs said. "Here we are 0-2. I think we played extremely well offensively in the first game, not so well in this past game, and then flip that defensively."
He continued, "We've got to focus and play hard and keep improving in areas."
The Crusaders will have a chance to display more consistency as they look for their first win on Sept. 21 in their home opener against Dickinson.
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