Saturday, November 10, 2012BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - The Westminster College football team lost its season finale against host Geneva, 33-14, on Saturday in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) action. The Titans finish the season 3-6 overall and 2-6 in the conference. Geneva improved to 3-7 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
The Golden Tornadoes scored on a seven-yard touchdown pass on their opening 9-play, 70-yard drive.
In the second quarter, Geneva was driving inside the Westminster's 20-yard line, however Westminster's junior Josh Beistel (Somerset, PA / Somerset) recovered a fumble and returned it 16 yards. Westminster did not waste any time on capitalizing on the turnover as junior Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek) found senior Logan Belinda (PA Furnace, PA / State College) for a 62-yard touchdown pass. This was Belinda's first career touchdown catch. The Titans tied the game 7-7 after a successful extra point from freshman Zach Baker (Erie, PA / McDowell).
Geneva responded with a 10 play, 72-yard drive and scored off a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:52 left in the first half. The Golden Tornadoes went ahead 17-7 with a 32-yard field goal as time expired.
The Titans went three-and-out in their first drive of the second half. Geneva then scored a 46-yard touchdown pass to take a 24-7 lead with 12:36 left in the third quarter.
Geneva threatened late in the third quarter as they had the ball on Westminster's 11-yard line, however senior Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, PA / West Middlesex) picked off Geneva's Zack Hayward and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown. The Titans were then down 24-14 with 4:47 to go in the quarter.
Britt led the offense with 212 yards passing, 17-for-40, with 1 touchdown. Britt also gained a team-high 49 yards rushing off six carries. Junior Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, PA / Cumberland Valley) had a team-high six receptions for 65 yards.
Junior J.J. Nalesnik (Darlington, PA / Blackhawk) led the Titan defense with a game- and career-high 13 tackles, while Allen had a game-high two interceptions.
Geneva out gained Westminster 487-282 in total offense. Westminster was penalized 13 times for 125 yards, while Geneva had eight penalties for 70 yards.
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 41 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.