Joey Tolgyesi kept LIU Post’s undefeated season alive on Saturday.
Trailing by a point with five seconds remaining, the Pioneer kicker converted a 34-yard field goal to give Post an electrifying 41-39 victory at Shippensburg.
“I was so relieved to see it go through,” said Tolgyesi, who watched the ball split the uprights with a second left. “I just had pride, it’s huge. We’ve worked really hard all season. It’s tough to go into a school like that and come away with a win. It was a team effort.”
A 75-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gontarek gave Shippenburg a 39-38 advantage with 3:54 left in a game that featured five lead changes. But a personal foul penalty on the following drive proved to be crucial.
With Tolgyesi punting on 4th and 14 with 2:28 remaining, he forced a roughing the kicker penalty after recovering a high snap. The play gave the Pioneers (5-0) a first down at their own 40-yard line on the eventual winning drive.
“Joey did a great job of not only making that big kick to win it, but drawing that penalty and not just falling on the ball,” Post coach Bryan Collins said.
Post quarterback Chris Laviano completed 39 of 61 passes for 421 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Deon Mash had eight receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.