September 8, 2012

No. 9 Fisher rallies to win at W&J

More news about: St. John Fisher

St. John Fisher College forced four turnovers, including two in the final three minutes, as the nationally-ranked Cardinals overcame a 10-point, four-quarter deficit and beat host Washington & Jefferson College 28-24 on Saturday.

With the win, Fisher, ranked No. 9 in the latest d3football.com poll, improves to 2-0, while the Presidents, who have strung together 28 consecutive winning seasons, fall to 1-1.

Fisher took its first and only lead of the game with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter.   On a 3rd-and-9 play from the Fisher 9, quarterback Ryan Kramer connected with senior Jason Beaumont for a 91-yard touchdown strike down the right side line to give the Cardinals a 28-24 lead.

The Presidents marched into Fisher territory on the ensuing drive, but senior Travis Tones sacked the W&J quarterback and forced a fumble on fourth down to end the drive.   The Presidents had one final drive to regain the lead in the final minute, penetrating the Fisher 40, but senior All-American Troy Sant sealed the win with his second interception of the season.

Fisher trailed 17-7 at the half, and luckily, the deficit wasn't much greater.    The Cardinals were outgained 246-33 in the first half and totaled just one offensive first down.  The Cardinals lone touchdown came on a 100-yard interception return by senior Adam Burdick in the second quarter.  The interception return marked the second time a Fisher player has had a 100-yard return and the 65th time a Division III player has accomplished the feat.

The second half was a different story.   The Cardinals marched 81 yards on 10 plays on its opening drive of the third quarter with Kramer connecting with Dave Kirchner from 14 yards out for his first career touchdown to make it 17-14.

The Presidents, however, came right back on the ensuing drive and scored to regain their double-digit lead.
Early in the fourth quarter, after a 24-yard punt return by Matt Monacelli, the Cardinals answered with a  25-yard touchdown pass from Kramer to Beaumont to make it 24-21.

The Cardinals were out-gained 445-258 for the game, but won the turnover battle, 4-0.  Zach Dolan intercepted a pass inside the Fisher red zone in the first quarter.  Mike Benderski also blocked a field goal in the opening period.
 
Beaumont, who transferred to Fisher last year and was a standout pitcher for the Fisher baseball team, pitching a complete-game win over eventual national-champion Marietta College in the NCAA Division III  Regionals, finished the game with two catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

Kramer was 10-for-24 for 183 yard and three touchdowns.   Cody Miller led Fisher's ground game with 32 yards on 12 carries.
 
Defensively, Joe Leavell was in on 12 tackles and recovered a fumbled.   Wade Kline made 10 stops, while Tones added eight. 
 
Mike Donitzen averaged 31 yards on nine punts.  He was also credited with eight tackles as one of Fisher's starting linebackers.
Brendan Carey was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points.
 
Fisher will return to action at 7 p.m. next Saturday and will host University of Rochester in Courage Bowl VIII.  The game is dedicated to the children of Camp Good Days and Special Times.

Sep. 30: All times Eastern
Final
Randolph-Macon 24, at Shenandoah 19
Box Score Photos
Final
at Washington and Lee 49, Emory and Henry 23
Box Score
Oct. 1: All times Eastern
Final
Massachusetts Maritime 30, at Fitchburg State 0
Box Score
Final
Becker 42, at Gallaudet 18
Box Score
Final
at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
Box Score Recap
Final
RPI 51, at Rochester 13
Box Score Recap
Final
Endicott 21, at MIT 9
Box Score
Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
Box Score
Final
at William Paterson 18, Montclair State 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wesleyan 34, Hamilton 6
Box Score
Final
at Tufts 12, Bates 7
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Wabash 45, at Hiram 21
Box Score
Final
Middlebury 35, at Colby 14
Box Score
Final
Amherst 31, at Bowdoin 10
Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 25, at Kean 18
Box Score Recap
Final
at DePauw 48, Kenyon 35
Box Score
Final
Ferrum 30, at Greensboro 0
Box Score
Final
Maryville (Tenn.) 52, at Methodist 13
Box Score
Final
FDU-Florham 32, at Wilkes 28
Final
at Castleton 23, Anna Maria 13
Box Score
Final
Moravian 33, at Ursinus 32
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
Stevenson 48, at Misericordia 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Lawrence 42, Springfield 14
Box Score Recap
Final
Thomas More 45, at Westminster (Pa.) 35
Box Score Recap
Final
Alma 56, at Kalamazoo 26
Box Score Recap
Final
Franklin and Marshall 20, at Dickinson 10
Box Score
Final
Wesley 63, at Southern Virginia 9
Box Score
Final
Adrian 28, at Albion 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Husson 33, at SUNY-Maritime 12
Box Score
Final
Apprentice 24, at Alfred State 8
Box Score Photos
Final
at Salisbury 41, TCNJ 6
Box Score Photos
Final
at St. John Fisher 28, Buffalo State 24
Recap
Final
Salve Regina 47, at Curry 14
Box Score
Final
at Gettysburg 38, McDaniel 23
Box Score Recap
Final
Delaware Valley 48, at Lebanon Valley 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at Denison 21, Ohio Wesleyan 14
Box Score
Final
at Ithaca 23, Utica 14
Box Score Recap
Final
Alfred 49, at Morrisville State 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Western New England 56, at Nichols 27
Box Score Recap
Final
at Albright 27, King's 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Guilford 59, Catholic 0
Box Score Recap
Final
Muhlenberg 33, at Susquehanna 30
Box Score Recap
Final
at N.C. Wesleyan 41, Huntingdon 31
Box Score
Final
at MacMurray 31, Minnesota-Morris 10
Box Score
Final
at Chicago 38, Birmingham-Southern 34
Box Score
Final
Westminster (Mo.) 35, at Crown 7
Final
at Allegheny 26, Oberlin 21
Box Score
Final
Mount Ida 15, at Norwich 14
Box Score
Final
Trinity (Conn.) 38, at Williams 13
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Marietta 62, Baldwin Wallace 56
Box Score Recap
Final
at Heidelberg 27, Muskingum 24
Box Score
Final
at WPI 21, Union 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Coast Guard 36, Maine Maritime 30
Box Score Recap
Final
John Carroll 67, at Wilmington 7
Box Score
Final
Mount Union 38, at Ohio Northern 21
Box Score Photos
Final
Franklin 41, at Manchester 27
Box Score
Final
Mount St. Joseph 42, at Hanover 6
Final - 4OT
Widener 24, at Lycoming 21
Final
Defiance 59, at Earlham 28
Box Score Photos
Final
at Trine 62, Concordia-Chicago 19
Box Score
Final
Capital 42, at Otterbein 41
Box Score
Final - OT
at Westfield State 14, Plymouth State 13
Box Score
Final
Wittenberg 41, at Wooster 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Rose-Hulman 44, Anderson 10
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Bridgewater 45, Hampden-Sydney 35
Box Score
Final
Waynesburg 14, at Grove City 10
Box Score
Final
Cortland 50, at Hartwick 47
Final
at Hendrix 35, Centre 28
Box Score
Final
Eureka 27, at Greenville 13
Box Score
Final
Northwestern (Minn.) 25, at Iowa Wesleyan 18
Box Score
Final
at Lakeland 16, Concordia (Wis.) 7
Box Score
Final
at Benedictine 67, Rockford 15
Box Score Recap
Final
Aurora 48, at Wisconsin Lutheran 13
Box Score
Final
Nebraska Wesleyan 27, at Luther 24
Box Score
Final
Rhodes 36, at Sewanee 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Norbert 35, Lake Forest 21
Box Score Recap
Final
Concordia-Moorhead 46, at Gustavus Adolphus 21
Box Score
Final
at Carleton 34, Hamline 31
Box Score
Final
St. John's 42, at Bethel 27
Box Score
Final
UW-Whitewater 30, at UW-Platteville 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Buena Vista 34, at Loras 24
Box Score
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 53, Sul Ross State 29
Box Score
Final
UW-Stevens Point 28, at UW-Eau Claire 19
Box Score Photos
Final
at Lawrence 36, Beloit 22
Box Score
Final
at Monmouth 57, Cornell 14
Box Score
Final
at Coe 37, Wartburg 34
Final
Dubuque 35, at Central 17
Box Score
Final
Wheaton (Ill.) 48, at Illinois Wesleyan 24
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 66, McMurry 3
Box Score Recap
Final
Elmhurst 14, at Augustana 3
Final
Macalester 16, at Ripon 8
Final
at Illinois College 50, Grinnell 14
Box Score
Final
at Louisiana College 35, Howard Payne 7
Box Score
Final
East Texas Baptist 60, at Belhaven 47
Final
at St. Thomas 55, Augsburg 7
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
Washington and Jefferson 62, at Thiel 14
Box Score
Final
at Morthland 42, Maranatha Baptist 10
3:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Martin Luther
Video Live Stats
Final
Carthage 38, at Carroll 14
Box Score
Final
at UW-Oshkosh 45, UW-Stout 17
Box Score
Final
Willamette 63, at Puget Sound 24
Box Score
Final
at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 45, Whittier 13
Box Score
Final
at Pacific Lutheran 27, Pacific 16
Box Score
Final
at Linfield 59, Lewis and Clark 7
Box Score
4th - 8:06
14 Framingham State
27 Mass-Dartmouth
Video Live Stats
4th - 03:59
41 Averett
41 LaGrange
Live Stats Audio
2:55 4th
28 Whitworth
23 George Fox
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
4th - 15:00
7 UW-River Falls
35 UW-La Crosse
Video Live Stats Audio
2nd qtr - 8:53
6 Olivet
0 Hope
Video Preview Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
2nd - 03:58
13 Bethany
35 Carnegie Mellon
Video Preview Preview Preview Live Stats Audio
Start of 3rd
14 St. Vincent
24 Case Western Reserve
Video Live Stats Audio
HALF
0 Christopher Newport
10 Rowan
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
6:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
Video Live Stats
12:32 2nd
3 Berry
17 Washington U.
Video Video Preview Preview Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
North Park at Millikin
Video Live Stats
10:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at Chapman
Video Preview Live Stats Live Stats Tickets
10:00 PM
La Verne at Cal Lutheran
Video Preview Live Stats
10:00 PM
Occidental at Redlands
Video Live Stats Audio
Oct. 1: All times Eastern
Final
at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
Box Score Recap
Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
Box Score
Final
at Salisbury 41, TCNJ 6
Box Score Photos
Final
Thomas More 45, at Westminster (Pa.) 35
Box Score Recap
Final
Wabash 45, at Hiram 21
Box Score
Final
at St. John Fisher 28, Buffalo State 24
Recap
Final
Stevenson 48, at Misericordia 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Lawrence 42, Springfield 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at N.C. Wesleyan 41, Huntingdon 31
Box Score
Final
Mount Union 38, at Ohio Northern 21
Box Score Photos
Final
Franklin 41, at Manchester 27
Box Score
Final
Wittenberg 41, at Wooster 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Wheaton (Ill.) 48, at Illinois Wesleyan 24
Final
UW-Whitewater 30, at UW-Platteville 24
Box Score Recap
Final
St. John's 42, at Bethel 27
Box Score
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 66, McMurry 3
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 53, Sul Ross State 29
Box Score
Final
East Texas Baptist 60, at Belhaven 47
Final
Dubuque 35, at Central 17
Box Score
Final
at St. Thomas 55, Augsburg 7
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
at UW-Oshkosh 45, UW-Stout 17
Box Score
Final
at Linfield 59, Lewis and Clark 7
Box Score
HALF
0 Christopher Newport
10 Rowan
Video Live Stats Audio Audio