Saturday, September 15, 2012CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - The Westminster College football team dropped to the 21st-ranked Thomas More College, 27-23, on Saturday in both team's Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opener. The Titans were leading 23-20 with a minute remaining in the game, however the Saints scored a touchdown with 18-seconds on the game clock for the win. Westminster dropped to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the PAC, while Thomas More improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the PAC.
Westminster took a 7-0 lead with 1:37 to play in the first quarter when junior quarterback Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek) scored on a 46-yard run. The score remained until Thomas More scored on a 43-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3 with 6:19 remaining in the first half. On the ensuing Titan possession, Britt connected with senior David Wright (Solon, OH / Solon) for a 71-yard touchdown pass-and-catch. Westminster failed on a two-point attempt and led 13-3 with 3:45 remaining in the half. Thomas More scored on its next possession off a 38-yard touchdown run. Westminster stayed ahead with a 13-10 lead at intermission.
The Saints scored 10 points in the third quarter to take its first lead of the game at 20-13. Westminster, however, tied the game at 20-20 with 14:10 to play in the game when Britt scored his third touchdown of the game with a 26-yard pass to senior Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, PA / Cumberland Valley). The Titans regained the lead (23-20), following a 37-yard field goal from freshman Zach Baker (Erie, PA / McDowell). This was Baker's first collegiate-made field goal of his career.
With just under two minutes remaining the game, the Saint scored off a 16-yard pass for the eventual game-winner with 18 seconds left to play.
Offensively for the Titans, Britt was 12-of-18 passing for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Britt also had a game-high 124 rushing yards off 18 carries for an average of 6.9 yards a carry.
Westminster senior Derrick Orloski (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) led the Titan defense with 9.5 tackles, to go along with one tackle for a loss and one sack. Classmate Alex Kernicky (Greensburg, PA / Greater Latrobe) followed with 8.5 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss. Juniors J.J. Nalesnik (Darlington, PA / Blackhawk), Josh Beistel (Somerset, PA / Somerset), and Nate Moot (Johnstown, PA / Bishop McCort) added 8, 7.5, and 7.5 tackles, respectively.
The Titans will host Saint Vincent next Saturday at 7 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.