Cameron Ott rushed for 111 yards with a touchdown and also passed for another score leading the Susquehanna University Football team to a 28-21 victory over Moravian College Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference game on Rocco Calvo Field in Bethlehem.
Ott finished with his first 100-yard rushing game since week one and caught a pass for another eight yards but it was a 20-yard halfback option pass to Mitch Carsley for a score in the first quarter that sparked the Susquehanna (4-2 overall, 3-2 Centennial) to the win over winless MOravian (0-6, 0-5).
The gadget play for a TD came two plays after freshman Terrell Brown returned a punt 29 yards to the Moravian 19 yard line to set up the short scoring drive.
The Greyhounds took advantage of a Susquehanna mistake late in the first quarter with a 34-yard scoring pass to cap a drive that resulted from a lost fumble for the River Hawks as Moravian tied the score a 7-7 with 5:11 left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing drive, Nick Crusco engineered a 13-play scoring drive that finished early in the second quarter and was capped by a one-yard Ott TD run. Ott had 28 yards on six carries in the drive that also featured a pair of third-down receptions by Carsley that kept the drive alive. The score gave the River Hawks a 14-7 edge.
Late in the first half, Moravian tied the score again after the River Hawks failed on a fourth down attempt near midfield. The Greyhounds took over possession and marched down the field 52 yards in five plays with a 16-yard pass play to cap the drive.
Midway through the third quarter, Susquehanna took the lead for good with another double-digit play drive as Crusco marched the team 65 yards on 10 plays with a 32-yard pass to Diamente Holloway for the 21-14 lead. Holloway had four receptions in the drive for a total of 61 yards.
The final scoring drive for Susquehanna ended early in the fourth quarter on another pass completion from Crusco to Holloway. This scoring catch was a 12-yarder for Holloway. Crusco was 4-for-5 throwing in the drive for 48 yards.
Moravian trimmed the lead to seven points late in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard run after a 31-yard pass play brought the ball down near the Susquehanna goal line.
The Greyhounds looked to capitalize on a short kickoff but Jason Brougham dropped on the loose ball to give the River Hawks possession and after six running plays by Ott including three first-down runs, Susquehanna was able to run out the clock to seal the victory.
Ott finished with 111 yards rushing while the rest of the team combined for -1 yard on 14 carries. Crusco was 29-for-38 for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Holloway finished with 132 yards on 10 receptions. Louis Pitale added seven catches for 65 yards, Carsley had 50 yards on four catches and Mikah Christian finished with five receptions for 43 yards.
The River Hawks will have two weeks to prepare for the Homecoming Weekend matchup with Ursinus College Oct. 21 with a 1 p.m. start on Amos Alonzo Stagg Field in Selinsgrove.