Kutz­town drops opener to As­sump­tion on late field goal

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KUTZ­TOWN » As­sump­tion College kicked a 24-yard field goal with 18 sec­onds left to down the Kutz­town Univer­sity football team 3128 on a rainy Satur­day in the team’s sea­son-opener at Univer­sity Field at An­dre Reed Sta­dium.

KU’s de­fense stepped up in the fi­nal pos­ses­sions to give it a shot at the win late in the game. Trail­ing by seven with 10:26 to play, Kutz­town’s Ta­jier Jef­fer­son (East Or­ange, N.J./ Queen of Peace) picked off As­sump­tion’s Marc Monks and re­turned it 28 yards to the As­sump­tion 3-yard­line. Three plays later, KU tied the game on a 3-yard pass from Collin DiGalbo (Se­cane, Pa./Mon­signor Bon­ner) to Conor Sul­li­van (White­hall, Pa./White­hall).

Jef­fer­son led his de­fense to a three-and-out the fol­low­ing pos­ses­sion, forc­ing a Grey­hound punt to give KU the ball at its 41-yard­line with 7:36 to play. KU posted two first downs and marched in­side the 30-yard­line to setup a 43yard field goal at­tempt. The kick sailed just out­side the right goal­post with 3:36 to play.

Both teams went three­and-out, but As­sump­tion used a 31-yard punt re­turn with 1:25 to play to set it up at the KU 40-yard­line. As­sump­tion broke off a 24yard run to get in­side the redzone and worked it­self down to the KU 6-yard­line with 18 sec­onds to play. Cole Tracy kicked the game-win­ning 24-yard field goal.

KU can look back at two first-half plays it wish it had back in Satur­day’s set­back: an As­sump­tion 66yard touch­down run and a 97-yard kick­off re­turn — the first kick­off re­turn touch­down against KU since 2010 and the first in a KU game since 2013.

Jef­fer­son led KU de­fen­sively with a ca­reer-high 15 tack­les, in­clud­ing nine solo stops. He forced a fum­ble and tal­lied the fourth-quar­ter in­ter­cep­tion.

Craig Reynolds (Wil­low Grove, Pa./Abing­ton) had 335 all-pur­pose yards, 10 shy of his school-record from last sea­son. He had 133 rush­ing yards, in­clud­ing 38- and 43-yard touch­down runs, 34 re­ceiv­ing yards, 108 kick re­turn yards and an im­pres­sive 60 punt re­turn yards on three returns. His two rush­ing touch­downs give him 18 for his ca­reer, tied for ninth all­time in school his­tory.

DiGalbo threw for 118 yards on 17-for-30 pass­ing and his fourth-quar­ter touch­down. He also ran for a score.

An im­pres­sive start to his KU ca­reer, KU punter Dean Kr­cic (Say­lors­burg, Pa./Pleas­ant Val­ley) had a busy day with nine punts, but av­er­aged a strong 46.7 av­er­age.

De­fen­sively, Ronny To­masetti (Dick­son City, Pa./ Mid-Val­ley) had two sacks and a forced fum­ble and Ah­kee Cox-Cowan (Har­ris­burg, Pa./Har­ris­burg) had three breakups.

For As­sump­tion, Monks threw for 215 yards and two touch­downs. Ash­ton Grant was his top tar­get with 11 catches for 136 yards and a score. Dy­lan Oxsen ran 16 times for 144 yards and a 66-yard score in the first quar­ter.

The Golden Bears hit the road next week, trav­el­ling to Mer­cy­hurst Univer­sity in Erie, Pa. for a non-con­fer­ence matchup on Satur­day, Sept. 9, be­gin­ning at 12 p.m.

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