/seasons/2011/contrib/20111029o8oy0a

Cortland Holds on for 23-20 Win vs. TCNJ

More news about: Cortland

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Sophomore John Babin (Warwick Valley) caught eight passes for 77 yards and a touchdown and freshman Bronson Greene (Clifton Park/Shenenedehowa) rushed for two scores as Cortland took a 23-6 halftime lead and the Red Dragons held on to defeat The College of New Jersey, 23-20, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) contest.

Cortland improved to 6-2, both overall and in the NJAC, while TCNJ s now 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

Senior linebackers Cody Allen (Medina) and Bill Smith (Nanuet) led Cortland with 14 tackles apiece. Allen finished with 2.5 tackles for losses, including 1.5 sacks, and forced a fumble. Freshman Jesse Scanna (Holbrook/Sachem North) totaled two sacks. Quarterback Dan Pitcher (Cortland) completed 17-of-28 passes for 154 yards, senior Dorian Myles (Lackawanna/Hamburg) ran for 64 yards and Greene finished with 33 yards rushing.

TCNJ senior quarterback James Donoghue (Shamong, NJ/Seneca) finished 21-of-36 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns, but was sacked six times. Junior Glenn Grainger (Island Heights, NJ/Holmdel) caught eight passes for 120 yards and two scores and junior Matthew Rosati (Bayonne, NJ) finished with six receptions for 62 yards.

TCNJ sophomore linebacker Nick Bricker (Middletown, NJ/Middletown South) improved on his status at the NJAC's tackle leader. He finished with 22 tackles, 13 solo, with two tackles for losses and a fumble recovery. Junior linebacker Greg Burns (Hamilton, NJ/Hamilton West) made 11 stops and senior defensive back Shawn Brown (Long Branch, NJ) finished with nine tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He recorded 2.5 tackles for losses, including a sack.

Special teams play was a factor in much of the first half scoring. TCNJ started the game's opening drive on its own 3-yard line after a returner slipped catching the kickoff. On fourth down at the 11-yard line, a bad punt snap resulted in a 1-yard run and a turnover on downs, and Cortland capitalized with a 3-play, 10-yard drive capped by Greene's 1-yard TD run.

Later in the first quarter, the Red Dragons marched 56 yards on seven plays, keyed by a 40-yard pass from Pitcher to Babin on 3rd-and-9 from the Cortland 45-yard line, and Greene once again finished the drive with a TD run, this time a 2-yard effort, to give the Red Dragons a 14-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, TCNJ's Andrew Carbone (Hackettstown, NJ) blocked a Cortland punt that Nicholas Lukaszewicz (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) returned three yards for a touchdown. However, the Lions' extra point was blocked by Smith and senior D.J. Romano (Newburgh/Newburgh Free Academy) picked up the ball and raced untouched 84 yards down the left sideline for a two-point defensive conversion and a 16-6 Cortland lead.

Cortland's final scoring drive was set up when senior defensive lineman Steve Gruber (Thornwood/Westlake) intercepted a pass and returned the ball 45 yards to the TCNJ 7-yard line with 1:27 left in the half. On the next play, Pitcher hit Babin on a 7-yard pass to the back right corner of the end zone and Cortland led 23-6.

Neither team scored in the third quarter as three of the six drives in the period ended in turnovers on fumbles – two by Cortland and one by TCNJ. With 7:11 left in the game, the Lions started a drive on their own 16-yard line. They eventually scored on Grainger's 44-yard TD catch with 5:24 left and Cortland's lead was cut to 23-13.

TCNJ forced Cortland to punt on its next possession and got the ball back on its own 31-yard line with 2:44 left. On 4th-and-2 at the Cortland 25-yard line, Donoghue connected with Rosati for a 21-yard gain. Following an intentional spike, Donoghue scrambled before throwing a 4-yard TD pass to Grainger with 29.3 seconds left and the Lions were within three at 23-20. Cortland's Mike Humphrey (Le Roy), however, successfully fielded the ensuing onsides kickoff and the Red Dragons ran out the clock.

TCNJ outgained Cortland 319-278 in total offense, snapping the Red Dragons' streak of six consecutive games gaining at least 400 yards.

Cortland will play its final two regular-season games on the road – next Saturday at Brockport at 1 p.m. to complete its NJAC schedule and Nov. 12 at Ithaca at noon in the annual Cortaca Jug rivalry game. TCNJ hosts Western Connecticut State next Saturday at noon and travels to Rowan Nov. 12 at 1 p.m., both NJAC games.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
Final
at Framingham State 50, Massachusetts Maritime 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Muhlenberg 56, at Juniata 40
Video Box Score
Final
at Dean 25, Becker 10
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 27, at TCNJ 7
Box Score
Final
MIT 38, at Catholic 21
Video Box Score
Final
Merchant Marine 56, at Maine Maritime 31
Video Box Score
Final
at Hobart 34, Endicott 17
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Morrisville State 44, Nichols 22
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Albright 9, Widener 7
Video
Final
Christopher Newport 16, at Montclair State 8
Video Box Score
Final
at Westminster (Pa.) 41, Bethany 14
Video
Final
Middlebury 41, at Bowdoin 14
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Williams 24, at Colby 7
Video Box Score
Final
Amherst 36, at Hamilton 6
Video Box Score
Final
Ursinus 35, at Moravian 17
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Trinity (Conn.) 51, at Bates 0
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at LaGrange 38, Brevard 28
Video Box Score
Final
Geneva 33, at Thiel 24
Video
Final
at Plymouth State 37, Mass-Dartmouth 7
Video Box Score
Final
Kean 28, at Southern Virginia 14
Video Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Union 17, at Curry 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Carnegie Mellon 37, Thomas More 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Lycoming 44, at King's 41
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Western New England 21, Husson 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at DePauw 51, Wooster 24
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Ohio Wesleyan 37, Allegheny 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Misericordia 43, Wilkes 14
Video
Final
at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at N.C. Wesleyan 35, Maryville (Tenn.) 25
Video Box Score
Final
Huntingdon 31, at Ferrum 28
Video Video Box Score
Final - OT
at McDaniel 27, Gettysburg 20
Video Video Preview Box Score
Final
at Buffalo State 33, RPI 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Franklin and Marshall 27, at Susquehanna 24
Video Box Score
Final
at Denison 45, Oberlin 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 10, Westminster (Mo.) 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Eureka 44, Crown 20
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Lebanon Valley 24, FDU-Florham 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Ohio Northern 35, Otterbein 7
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Rose-Hulman 37, Defiance 14
Video Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Marietta 49, Muskingum 25
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Franklin 59, at Bluffton 30
Box Score
Final
at Hanover 64, Anderson 21
Video
Final
Mount St. Joseph 31, at Manchester 14
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Worcester State 34, at Westfield State 10
Video Box Score
Final
Coast Guard 13, at Norwich 9
Video Box Score
Final
at Fitchburg State 31, Bridgewater State 29
Video Box Score
Final
Wittenberg 48, at Kenyon 11
Video Box Score
Final
at Wabash 25, Hiram 21
Video Video Box Score
Final
North Central (Ill.) 51, at Millikin 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Millsaps 17, Sewanee 13
Video Box Score
Final
at Rhodes 35, Birmingham-Southern 9
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Hendrix 36, Austin 24
Video Box Score
Final
at Martin Luther 34, Greenville 20
Video Box Score Recap
Final - OT
at Trinity (Texas) 41, Chapman 35
Video Preview Box Score Live stats
Final
at Loras 73, Buena Vista 34
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Wartburg 30, Washington U. 20
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Gustavus Adolphus 51, Hamline 7
Video Box Score
Final
Augsburg 48, at Carleton 28
Video Box Score
Final
at Bethel 64, St. Olaf 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Luther 21, Dubuque 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Central 52, Nebraska Wesleyan 27
Video Box Score
Final
Simpson 38, at Coe 33
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Wheaton (Ill.) 40, at Elmhurst 15
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
St. Norbert 66, at Grinnell 13
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Knox 13, Ripon 6
Video
Final
at MacMurray 32, Iowa Wesleyan 14
Video Box Score
Final
Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 3
Box Score
Final
Southwestern 37, at Louisiana College 34
Video Box Score
Final
Monmouth 26, at Macalester 0
Video Box Score
Final
at St. Thomas 20, St. John's 17
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Springfield 42, WPI 10
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Cornell 55, Beloit 36
Video
Final
at Brockport 28, Utica 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Hartwick 24, St. John Fisher 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-La Crosse 41, Carroll 6
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Scholastica 37, Minnesota-Morris 3
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at George Fox 44, UW-Eau Claire 0
Video Box Score
Final
at Western Connecticut 37, Salve Regina 23
Video Box Score
Final
at UW-Stevens Point 41, Adrian 28
Video Box Score
Final - OT
at Wesleyan 24, Tufts 17
Video Preview Box Score
Final
at Averett 35, Methodist 6
Video Box Score
Final
at Berry 28, Centre 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Case Western Reserve 56, Waynesburg 21
Video Box Score
Final
at Grove City 24, St. Vincent 14
Box Score
Final
at Illinois Wesleyan 18, North Park 0
Video
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Texas Lutheran 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Platteville 56, Lakeland 22
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Carthage 55, at Augustana 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Chicago 28, at Illinois College 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Sul Ross State 35, McMurry 7
Final - OT
at Wilmington 37, Capital 30
Video Preview Box Score Photos
Final
Lake Forest 42, at Lawrence 26
Video Video Box Score
Final
at East Texas Baptist 79, Belhaven 40
Box Score Recap
Final
Arizona Christian 56, at Whittier 38
Video Box Score
Sep. 23: All times Eastern
Final
at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
Video Box Score
Final
Wittenberg 48, at Kenyon 11
Video Box Score
Final
at Wabash 25, Hiram 21
Video Video Box Score
Final
Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 3
Box Score
Final
North Central (Ill.) 51, at Millikin 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Wheaton (Ill.) 40, at Elmhurst 15
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at St. Thomas 20, St. John's 17
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
Box Score Photos Recap
Final
at Brockport 28, Utica 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Case Western Reserve 56, Waynesburg 21
Video Box Score
Final
at Illinois Wesleyan 18, North Park 0
Video
Final
at UW-Platteville 56, Lakeland 22
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Texas Lutheran 7
Video Box Score Recap