Scheuerman Runs For 3 TD's in 42-26 Princeton Loss
Oct. 12, 2013
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PRINCETON, N.J. - A three-touchdown performance by junior tailback Ross Scheuerman fueled Lafayette's offensive effort in a 42-26 loss at Princeton on Saturday afternoon at Princeton Stadium.
Scheuerman, a Cream Ridge, N.J. native rushed for 155 yards, his second straight game with 100-plus yards. Playing in front of a hometown crowd, he scored on runs of 69, 18 and one yards. Senior WR Mark Ross turned in a solid day on the receiving side, catching six balls for 112 yards, his 11th career game with 100 or more receiving yards. Ross stands alone in third place for career receptions (158), needing four more to become Lafayette's career receptions leader.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth offensive exhibition. Princeton (3-1) scored on the opening drive, quickly covering 69 yards on eight plays over 1:56. Princeton QB Quinn Epperly hit Roman Wilson for a 7-yard TD pass and Princeton added the two-point conversion.
The Leopards' took even less time (48 seconds) to get on the scoreboard on their first drive. On the second play from scrimmage, Scheuerman broke through the left side of the line and outran the Princeton defenders for a 69-yard touchdown run.
Lafayette kept things going offensively on the next offensive possession. A one-handed grab by Ross and an acrobatic catch from Justin Adams on the Lafayette sideline both accrued first downs. That set the stage for an 18-yard run by Scheuerman who dragged a pair of defenders into the end zone.
A 39-yard Scheuerman kick return put Lafayette with a solid field position near the end of the first quarter. The Leopards also benefitted from a pair of Princeton penalties (facemask and pass interference) and were left 1st-and-goal at the eight. Dzurik (20-36-2, for 243 yards) hit Pat Creahan for seven of the yards and Scheueman scored his third rushing TD of the half for the 20-11 lead with 1:56 left in the first. The drive covered 54 yards on eight plays in 2:56. Scheuerman had 106 yards after the first quarter.
The scoring slowed down considerably in the second quarter. A Draeland James fourth-down interception at the two-yard line staved off one Princeton scoring drive, but set the stage for another. After the Lafayette offense was forced to punt, the Tigers took over at the Lafayette 32-yard line. Princeton scored on a two-yard pass from Epperly to Wilson with 5:49 left in the half. Lafayette led 20-18.
The Tigers re-took the lead, 21-20, at the end of the first half, scoring on Nolan Bieck's career-long 40-yard field goal with 14 seconds left. The Tigers took over at their own 20 after a punt into the endzone and covered 57 yards on eight plays over 1:51.
A pair of turnovers in the opening minutes of the second half put Princeton back on the scoreboard. The second, an interception of Dzurik, gave Princeton the ball at the Lafayette 20. Epperly finished the short drive with a five-yard TD toss to Connor Kelley for Princeton's 28-20 lead at 10:23.
The Leopards answered immediately as offensive coordinator Mickey Fein dialed up the fleaflicker and Dzurik completed a 27-yard strike to a wide-open Mike Duncan. The two-point conversion attempt to Brandon Hall was knocked away and Lafayette trailed 28-26 with 9:03 left in the third quarter.
Princeton stretched the lead to 35-26 with 57 seconds left in third on Epperly's five-yard touchdown toss to Des Smith. A 29-yard pass from Connor Michelsen (15-35-0 for 174 yards) to Kelley kept the drive alive for the Tigers.
Princeton put away the game with its defensive pressure in the second half. For the day, the Princeton defense sacked Dzurik four times in the game and the Tigers held Lafayette to 31 offensive yards in the fourth quarter.
Princeton put together an 11-play, 73-yard drive that finished off the game with 9:02 left. Epperly scored on a one-yard run for the 42-26 final.
Lafayette (1-4) travels to Harvard on Oct. 19 for a 1 p.m. kick off.
Lafayette churned out 400 yards for the second straight game.