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Football falls to Cornell

October 4, 2013

Monmouth College Photo / Monmouth falls to Cornell 23-20.

Cruising out to a first half 17-3 lead, the Fighting Scots were unable to hold off two second half, time-consuming marches by the Cornell Rams to fall 23-20.

Exchanging quick field goals in the first quarter, both teams finished the first quarter in a defensive struggle. That is, until the Scot’s offense took off in the second quarter. After an unsportsmanlike penalty pinned the Rams deep in their own territory, a 26-yard punt return by Michael Buehne gave a short field for the Scot’s offense. A trio of bruising Trey Yocum runs resulted in an 11-yard rumble for the first touchdown of the game.

The Scot’s defense then stifled the Ram’s offense for a quick three and out. Wedekind and wide receiver C.J. Shields wasted no time on a short pitch and run for the second touchdown of the game to put the Scots up 17-3.

On the Ram’s next drive, a roughing the punter penalty forced the Scots defense to remain on the field. The penalty allowed for a methodical hike by the Rams to the Monmouth College 23. Poised to tighten the score, Ram’s quarterback Juan Flores tossed an interception to Scot’s defensive back Jack Wilson. However, Wedekind returned the pick on the next series to set up a short field for the Rams. But, in a ping-pong match of interceptions, Michael Lafferty picked off Flores at the Scot’s two-yard line. The Scots then ran the clock out to end the half.

Flore’s end-of-the-half struggles continued as the first drive of the second half saw him throw another pick to Scot’s linebacker A.J. Mesik. Mesik’s interception set up a 33-yard field goal by Ace Hendricks to put the Scot’s up 20-3.

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That was the end of scoring for the Scots as the Cornell Ram’s ate up the second half clock with two long touchdown marches. Beginning at their own 25, the Ram’s mixed a flurry of complete passes and short, pounding runs to take five minutes and fourteen seconds off the clock and add six points to their score.

Two series later, the Ram’s drained seven minutes and 28 seconds on their 25-play, 87-yard touchdown drive to tighten the score to 20-16. The drive was kept alive by a Flore’s five-yard naked bootleg on fourth and two. The Ram’s offense had a total time of possession in the second half of almost twice the Scot’s offense.

As time ran down and the Ram’s inched closer to taking the lead, the Fighting Scot’s offense went into a grind-it-out mode of offense, calling nine consecutive run plays to get to the Cornell four yard line. A strong goal line stand by the Rams forced the field goal team onto the field. However, Hendrick’s attempt flew wide right and the Rams got the ball back on their own 20-yard line with two minutes and 28 seconds left in regulation.

Ram’s quarterback Juan Flores guided his team the 80 yards necessary for the game-winning score. Completing five of six passes for 48 yards on the drive, Flores capped the drive with a 16-yard race into the end zone.

In a finish made for Hollywood, the Scots received the kickoff with all three timeouts left and 76-yards to go. Wedekind and wide receiver Austin Peterson got the ball rolling with a first down 16-yard completion. Consecutive short yard completions to Shields dropped the clock to only eleven seconds. With enough time for two plays, the Scots opted for two long throws. Both throws, including a scrambling game-ending heave by Wedekin, fell incomplete and the Scots were unable to complete the miraculous comeback.

The 1-2 Fighting Scots travel to Green Bay, WI this Saturday to take on the 3-1 St. Norbert Green Knights.

Chase Mowery
Copy Editor

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