Mustangs Hold Off Late Lycoming Rally

Mustangs Hold Off Late Lycoming Rally

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Stevenson University team held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Lycoming College to pick up a 33-32 win in Middle Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon.

  • Stevenson (7-2, 6-1 MAC) marched 70 yards in seven plays on the game's opening drive, and a nine-yard keeper by quarterback Ty Crabb gave the Mustangs a 7-0 lead 4:02 into the game.
  • The Mustangs recovered an onside kick on their own 49 on the ensuing kickoff, but the drive ended on the Lycoming 23 with Stevenson facing fourth-and-goal.
  • Lycoming (4-5, 3-4 MAC) went 69 yards in 14 plays and a 25-yard field goal got the Warriors on the board with 1:56 to play in the opening frame.

  • The Warriors went up 10-7 at the 11:40 mark on a one-yard run by Keith Batowski.
  • Stevenson needed just two plays to reclaim the lead, as following a six-yard run by Drexel Mosby, a 67-yard completion from Crabb to Chaz Lyles put the Mustangs up 13-10.
  • Following a Lycoming three-and-out, Stevenson took over at their own 44 and a three-play drive capped by a 30-yard completion to Sebastien Vainqueur increased the Mustang lead to 19-10 at the 7:50 mark.
  • Lycoming chewed up over six minutes on its next drive, but the drive stalled at the Stevenson 38 and the Mustangs took over with 1:29 left and went into the locker room up nine.

  • Following Lycoming's opening drive, Stevenson went 66 yards on six plays and a four-yard carry by Kevin Joppy put the visitors on top 26-10.
  • The Warriors countered with a seven-play, 50-yard drive capped by a one-yard rush to pull within 10, 26-16, at the 6:56 mark.  Lycoming went for two, but a pass attempt was tipped by Bill Burton.

  • Stevenson converted fourth-and-goal from the 28 with 11:25 left, with Ryan Stango grabbing a tipped pass in the end zone from Crabb for a 33-16 lead.  The catch capped a 12-play, 82-yard drive.
  • Lycoming countered with a six-play, 85-yard drive and an eight-yard completion made it 33-23 with just over nine minutes to go.
  • After a Mustang three-and-out, a 64-yard punt by Brody Coleman pinned Lycoming back at its own 5 with 6:13 left.
  • Using three minutes, Lycoming put together a seven-play scoring drive and a one-yard run with 3:13 on the clock put the Warriors within three, 33-30.
  • Stevenson ran seven straight rushing plays and forced Lycoming to burn all of their timeouts and it faced fourth-and-14 on its own 28 with three seconds left.
  • Coleman ran through the back of the end zone for the intentional safety to kill the clock and preserve the victory.

  • Stevenson had a takeaway for its 64th straight game as the ball went off a Lycoming player on the onside kick, officially making it a fumble.
  • Stevenson won its fourth straight game and finishes 5-0 on the road in the regular season for the second time in three years.
  • The Mustangs outgained Lycoming 397-359.
  • Joppy carried 13 times for 99 yards as the Mustangs rolled up 151 yards on the ground.
  • Crabb was 12-16 passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Titus Johnson had a team-high three receptions for 34 yards while also carrying 11 times for 44 yards.
  • Lyles, Vainqueur and Vincent Lee each had two receptions.
  • Burton finished with eight solo tackles on defense, while Coleman and Ashton Leschke each had seven total stops.
  • Stevenson's defense broke up six passes, with Zach May breaking up three and Kobe Bolanos two.  Brian Latham had the other breakup.
  • Stevenson remains in sole possession of third place in the MAC race, a game behind unbeaten Delaware Valley and Misericordia.
  • Saturday's win clinched at least a MAC-Centennial Bowl berth for the Mustangs.

  • Stevenson closes out the regular season Saturday, November 10 when it hosts FDU-Florham in a noon kickoff at Mustang Stadium.