Big Second Half Lifts Colgate Past Sacred Heart 35-14

HAMILTON, NY (September 15, 2012) – Colgate senior running back Jordan McCord rumbled his way to 167 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns to lead a big second half for the Raiders in a 35-14 win over Sacred Heart Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium.

With the game tied at 14-14 at the half, Colgate (1-2) dominated the second half, holding the Pioneers off the scoreboard and to just 17 yards of total offense.  SHU had the ball for just 9:05 seconds in the second half as the Raiders piled up 292 yards of offense, 229 of which coming on the ground en route to 21 unanswered points.

Colgate quarterback Gavin McCarney finished 10-of-19 through the air for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another for the Raiders.  McCarney hooked-up with senior wide out Chris Looney twice on fourth down plays for touchdowns in the win.

The Pioneers (0-2) had an impressive first half, piling up 227 yards of total offense led by junior Greg Moore (Newark, NJ) who had 77 yards and a touchdown on the ground.  Both teams got points off of turnovers in the first half.  On the opening drive, SHU quarterback Tim Little (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ) was intercepted at the Colgate 35-yard line.  The Raiders answered with an 11-play drive that was capped by  McCarney finding his way into the endzone from a yard out. 

The Sacred Heart defense created a turnover at the end of the first quarter as senior end Tyler Foehr (Florence, NJ) got a sack and forced a McCarney fumble on the Colgate 33-yard line.  SHU capitalized just five plays later as Moore took it in for his first touchdown of the season from a yard out, knotting it a 7-7.

McCarney and Looney worked their fourth down magic for the first time with 6:23 left in the second quarter, facing a fourth and 11 at the SHU 22-yard line.  The Pioneers sent pressure but  McCarney slipped out and found Looney while scrambling in the left corner of the endzone for a 14-7 lead. 

The Pioneers saw a late second quarter drive stall out on the Colgate 21-yard line, but defensively held and forced a three and out.  Getting the ball at midfield, Little took the Pioneers down and found senior wide receiver Rock Tate (Lantana, FL) on an eight-yard strike over the middle to tie the game at 14-14 with just 10 seconds to go before the half.  Pioneers convert, scoring with 10 seconds left before the half.  Little finds Rock Tate over the middle in the end zone from eight yards out. 

Sacred Heart got a perfect opening to the second half, holding Colgate to a three and out and getting a huge play on special teams.  SHU wide out Robert Dim (Sicklerville, NJ) blocked Nikko Armiento's punt, after getting his hands one in the first half as well.  Sophomore Dennis Regan (Philadelphia, PA) recovered and set the Pioneers up first down on the Raider 18-yard line. 

The game would swing just four plays later as the Pioneers line-up to go for it on four and less than a yard.  Little attempted a quarterback sneak but was stuffed, giving the ball back to Colgate who never looked back.  The Raiders immediately ripped off a 91-yard drive, helped by 61-yard run by Jimmy DeCicco.  McCord finished the drive off with a five-yard plunge for six and a 21-14 lead with 9:06 left

Colgate would score on their next two drives as well as McCord ran it in from two yards out with 6:40 left in the third for a 28-14 lead.  McCarney and  Looney hooked-up on their second fourth down scoring strike, this time from 27-yards out.   In the third quarter alone, the Pioneers ran 11 plays for 22 yards while Colgate ran 18 plays for 184 yards of offense and three touchdowns. 

Moore finished the day with 93 yards on 17 carries for the Pioneers.  Defensively, junior linebacker Justin Sexton (Murrieta, CA) posted a career-high 16 tackles, 13 solo and had a 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.  Foehr posted a career-high 12 tackles and added a sack and a forced fumble.

The Pioneers are back in action next Saturday when the open the Northeast Conference portion of their schedule with a trip to Monmouth.  Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm.

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