Saturday, October 13, 2012
WASHINGTON, Pa. - Despite leading 14-10 at halftime, the Westminster College football team lost, 24-21 at Washington & Jefferson Saturday. The Titans dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), while the Presidents improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the conference. The loss was the closest margin for a Westminster-W&J game since the Titans last beat the Presidents, 19-17, in 2000.
Senior wide receiver Geno Pasquinelli (Salem, OH / Salem) caught two passes and is tied fifth-all time in Westminster history with Tim McNeil ('96) with 129 career receptions.
Down 10-7 in the second quarter, Westminster freshman defensive lineman Darrin Donikowski (Erie, PA / Mercyhurst Prep.) forced an incomplete pass that stopped the Presidents on downs at the Titans' 31-yard live with five minutes left before intermission. Three plays later, junior Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek) scored on a 61-yard run to put Westminster ahead, 14-10. This was Britt's second 60-plus rushing touchdown run of the season as he scored on a 62-yard scamper at Thomas More earlier in the season.
Westminster came out like a team on a mission in its first possession of the game and took a 7-0 lead after a 65-yard drive that was capped off with an eight-yard touchdown run courtesy of Britt. This was Britt's fourth rushing score of the season.
Titan senior Nate Moot (Johnstown, PA / Bishop McCort) stopped W&J's first possession with his first interception of season at the Westminster's 36 yard-line, however the Titans went three-and-out in its next offensive possession.
The Presidents tied the game, 7-7, on its third possession of the first quarter when junior quarterback Matt Bliss connected with senior Hunter Creel with a 15-yard pass-and-catch score.
At the 11:03 mark in the second quarter, the Presidents' capitalized on a Titan fumble and conducted a 9-play, 49-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard field goal to give W&J its first lead of the game.
After the Titans took a 14-10 lead with Britt's long run, the Presidents recaptured the lead (17-14) with 1:59 left in the third quarter as Don Wiegand rushed for a 2-yard score. After good field position, two possessions later, the Presidents went ahead 24-14 after Bliss ran in from three yards out.
The Titans answered when Britt threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to senior Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, PA / Cumberland Valley) in Westminster's next possession. Britt connected with Wallace for 46 yards earlier in the drive.
For the game, the Presidents outgained the Titans 436-327 and also used a 23-11 advantage in first downs.
Britt led the Titans as he passed for 158 yards and rushed for 93. Titan senior linebackers Alex Kernicky (Greensburg, PA / Greater Latrobe) and Derrick Orloski (Butler, PA / Slippery Roc) recorded a team-high 13 tackles each. Sophomore Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) added eight tackles.
Westminster will host Bethany on Saturday at 1 p.m.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.