USMMA on wrong end
of wacky 4th quarter
Jack McCarty returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown and Jalon Scott returned an interception 48 yards for a score in the final 2:06 as host Susquehanna scored four fourth-quarter touchdowns yesterday to beat Merchant Marine Academy, 37-21.
USMMA (0-1) took a 21-17 lead on Christopher Cook's 44-yard touchdown pass from Alex Coviello with 6:28 left in the game.
But Susquehanna came right back and took a 24-21 lead on Mark Rosenbaum's 23-yard scoring strike to Mike Ritter with 3:13 left. Rosenbaum and Ritter had hooked up on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 9:50 left in the game for a 17-14 Susquehanna lead.
McCarty soon stripped Coviello, recovered the fumble and ran 21 yards to the end zone with 2:06 left to make it 30-21 after a missed PAT. Jalon Scott scored on his interception with 1:12 left.
Merchant Marine scored first when it blocked a Susquehanna punt and Michael Biehn ran it in from 20 yards with 5:46 left in the second quarter.
Susquehanna's Spencer Hotaling kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to make it 7-3.
Tim Wade's 4-yard touchdown run capped an 11-play, 94-yard drive as Susquehanna took a 10-7 lead with 5:34 left in the third quarter.
USMMA countered with a 12-play, 73-yard drive, ending in John-Leon Gosselin's 3-yard TD run with 2 seconds left in the third quarter, setting the stage for the fourth-quarter fireworks of five combined TDs by both teams.