Scheuerman Shines in 31-7 Win over Bucknell
Oct. 5, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Junior tailback Ross Scheuerman rushed for a career-high 188 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns in Lafayette's 31-7 handling of Bucknell in the Patriot League opener on Saturday at Fisher Stadium.
Scheuerman added four receptions for 69 yards and a kickoff return for 23 yards in the victory. Scheuerman's day only told half of the story, as the Lafayette defense was stout, holding Bucknell to 80 total yards on 60 plays while forcing a Patriot League-record 13 punts by the Bison.
Lafayette (1-3, 1-0) started the scoring early in the first quarter on Scheuerman's two-yard touchdown run. The run was set up by junior Tyrus White who sacked and stripped Bucknell quarterback RJ Nitti. Ben Aloi recovered at the two and Scheuerman punched it in on the next play to give the Leopards a 7-0 lead at 10:37 in the first quarter.
On their next offensive series, after a Bucknell three and out, Lafayette went 53 yards in eight plays. The drive included two long runs from Scheuerman. He reversed the field to pick up 18 yards before scampering another 17 yards two plays out of the wildcat formation. Scheuerman's rushes set the table for a two-yard touchdown pass over the top from sophomore quarterback Andrew Dzurik to tight end Brandon Hall, to give Lafayette a 14-0 advantage with 5:18 remaining in the first. Dzurik, in his first start of the season, finished the day with 235 yards on 22 of 37 with two touchdowns passes with three interceptions.
The Lafayette offense continued to move the ball in the second quarter, driving 71 yards in six plays thanks in large part to a 34-yard completion from Dzurik to Hall. The pass gave the Leopards a 1st-and-goal on the 10. On the next play, Dzurik hit tight end Morgan Donohue in the end zone to put the Maroon & White up 21-0 with 11:44 remaining in the half. The touchdown reception was Donohue's first career score.
Bucknell got on the board later in the quarter after Leopards' punt returner, Darrell Crawford, mishandled a fair catch. The Bison recovered the fumble on the Lafayette 23-yard line and then scored four plays later on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Nitti to tailback Charles Thompson. Lafayette led 21-7 at halftime.
On the Leopards's last drive of the third quarter, Dzurik showcased his arm, completing 10-of-12 passes, but the Leopards settled for a 24-yard Ryan Gralish field goal.
Scheuerman added an exclamation point to Leopards' first win of the season win with a career-long 78-yard touchdown run down the home sideline midway through the fourth quarter.
Lafayette travels to Princeton (2-1) on Oct. 12 with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. The Tigers are coming off their second straight 50-point performance in a win over Columbia.
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