Saturday, October 5, 2013
GROVE CITY, Pa. - A blocked 26-yard field goal with 42 seconds left in regulation halted a Titan fourth quarter comeback as the Westminster College football team lost, 24-21, at Grove City on Saturday. Westminster scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, coming back from a 24-7 deficit.
Titan senior Tyler Banks (Meadville, PA / Meadville) cut Grove City's lead to 24-13 after a two-yard touchdown run with 11:36 remaining in the game, capping off a 13-play, 80-yard drive. An extra point from freshman PAC Special Teams Player of the Week Justin Dahl (Cochranton, PA / Maplewood) made the score 24-14.
Westminster junior Dave Buzzacco (Canfield, OH / South Range) intercepted a Grove City pass on third-and-21 in Wolverines' next possession, setting up the Titans on their own 18-yard line. Three plays later, senior Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek) found classmate Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, PA / Cumberland Valley) for a 76-yard touchdown pass, marking a career-long for both. After a successful extra point from Dahl, Westminster trailed 24-21 with 7:19 remaining in the game.
After the blocked field goal, Westminster had one last chance; however a desperation pass with eight seconds left was intercepted as time expired.
The Wolverines led 7-0 after a four-yard touchdown run in their first possession, capping off a 14-play, 58-yard drive. The drive also included two fourth-down conversions. Grove City took a 10-0 lead after a 27-yard field goal with 9:44 left in the first half.
Titan junior Tre Sims's (New Brighton, PA / New Brighton) nine-yard touchdown run, his first of his career, pulled the Titans within 10-7 with 1:36 remaining in the half. Grove City responded with a 66-yard touchdown drive in 65 seconds to take a 17-7 lead before intermission.
A Titan fumble on their own 26-yard line in the third quarter set up Grove City's next score with a 26-yard touchdown from a halfback option pass, putting the Wolverines in front 24-7.
For the game, Westminster outgained Grove City 378-315 in total yards.
Britt completed 22 of 39 passes for a game-high 276 yards. Banks ran for a team-high 53 yards on 17 carries. Wallace led all receivers with 132 yards off seven receptions for his third 100-yard game of the season. Senior Toby Bonitz (New Freedom, PA / Susquehanna) added a game- and career-high nine receptions for 89 yards. Junior Corey Neill (Aliquippa, PA / Central Valley) led the Titan defense with nine tackles, while senior Aaron Nauer (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler) added seven.
The Titans dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, while the Wolverines improved to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Westminster will host Carnegie Mellon in its Homecoming game next Saturday at 1 p.m.
Highlights courtesy of Corey Benedict ‘14, Scott Hanicak ‘14, and Amanda Sloan ‘16:
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 378 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.