Football Ends Season on High Note - Down Robert Morris, 27-20
Nov. 12, 2005
MOON TOWNSHIP, PA - Quarterback Tyler Arciaga (Bonita, CA) tossed three touchdown passes to sophomore Corey Bundy (Selden, NY) and Sacred Heart University took advantage of three Robert Morris turnovers to give the Pioneers 27-20 win over the Colonials in a Northeast Conference battle Saturday afternoon.
Sacred Heart, which concludes its season at 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the NEC, got on the board on its first possession of the game on a 78-yard bomb from Arciaga to Bundy. After a Nate DiLorenzo 29-yard field goal with 5:29 left in the quarter, Arciaga and Bundy hooked up for a 37-yard scoring strike with 1:44 to go to give the Pioneers a 14-3 lead.
The Colonials would get the only score of the second quarter on a one-yard plunge by Devin Wilson that cut the SHU lead to 14-10 at the intermission.
Bundy and Arciaga teamed up for a 43-yard score with 8:05 left in the third quarter that extended the Pioneer lead to 21-10. Junior kicker Nick Passalacqua booted a 32-yard field goal with 5:01 to go in the stanza that pushed the gap to 24-10.
Passalacqua converted again, this time from 19 yards to give SHU a 27-10 lead with 9:03 to play in the game. Just :12 later, Robert Morris freshman QB Erik Cwalinski hit Tyjuan Massey with a 68-yard TD pass that had the Colonials back within ten. Massey finished the game with ten catches for a career-high 272 yards.
An Ed Pricolo fumble with 8:30 to play gave the Colonials the ball back at the Pioneer 26-yard line. The Colonials had a first and goal at the Pioneer five but were unable to punch it in and settled for a DiLorenzo field goal to cut the Sacred Heart lead to 27-20 with 6:21 left.
Robert Morris, 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the conference, forced the Pioneers to a three-and-out on their next possession, but were unable to move the ball when getting it back at their own 49 after the SHU punt. Andy Grant sacked Cwalinski on first down, and Cwalinski went down again on second down when he lost his footing. After picking up a short gain on third down RMU lined up to punt. SHU defensive end Bill Hayden broke free on the rush and blocked the Michael Walser punt, giving SHU the ball back at the Colonial 44 with 3:30 to play.
Sacred Heart picked up a first down on an Arciaga sneak on third and one, and the Pioneers were able to run out the clock to secure the victory.
Pricolo finished his Sacred Heart career with just 68 yards in the game, but that total put him over the 3,000-yard mark for his career and moved him into third place on the All-time NEC rushing list with 3,052.
Arciaga's three TD passes gave him 17 for the season, the second highest seasonal total in school history. Bundy had a career-high 200 yards receiving, the second highest single-game performance in school history behind only DeVeren Johnson's 209 yards against against Robert Morris in September of 2001.