Colgate's Potent Offense Runs Past Leopards, 65-41
Nov. 3, 2012
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HAMILTON, N.Y. - Lafayette's defense surrendered 755 yards of total offense as Colgate ran away to a 65-41 decision on Saturday in Patriot League action at Andy Kerr Stadium.
Colgate junior QB Gavin McCarney provided painfully elusive, running for 288 yards and three touchdowns of 4, 13 and 75 yards. He also completed 13-of-17 for 224 yards and two TD's through the air. McCarney's backfield mate Jordan McCord ran for 203 yards and four touchdowns as the Raiders set a new Patriot League record for total offense and rushing yards (531).
The Leopards were not without their own offensive highlights, cranking out a season-high 542 yards of total offense (284 rushing, 258 passing). Lafayette had two tailbacks, Ross Scheuerman and Vaughn Hebron, carry for 100-plus yards in the same game for the first time since the 2004 season.
The Raiders scored on all six possessions of the first half, using the read-option attack en route to a 37-20 lead. Colgate had 21 points on the board before the Lafayette offense was able to punch in a score.
After a Leopards' three-and-out, Colgate scored on a 27-yard pass from McCarney to Chris Looney. McCarney scored on the ground on the next drive, punching it in from four yards out. Just over a minute into the second quarter, Colgate scored again on McCord's two-yard scamper and led 21-0, 1:14 into the second quarter.
The ensuing drive sophomore QB Zach Zweizig, who earned the start over senior QB Andrew Shoop, hit Mark Ross for a 36-yard pick-up that set up the Leopards' first score. Zweizig connected with Mike Duncan for a 17-yard touchdown to put the Leopards on the board, trailing 21-7.
The final five possessions of the half the teams went back and forth. McCarney carried in a 13-yard score and Scheuerman followed with a 25-yard cutback run on a touchdown that was set up by a 32-yard strike from Zweizig to Brandon Hall. Scheuerman led Lafayette with 13 carries for a career-high 142 yards.
A 54-yard McCarney rush allowed McCord to score a two-yard TD as the Raiders led 34-13. Lafayette answered with Zweizig's four-yard run around right end before the Raiders added a 39-yard field goal as time expired at the half with Colgate leading 37-20.
The Raiders continued with more of the same after intermission, covering 75 yards on eight plays before McCord ran it in from 17 yards out on second down. Colgate led 44-20 four minutes into the half.
The Leopards kept playing, using a lengthy, by this game's standard, drive to cut the lead to 44-26. Hall reeled in a 21-yard pass for a touchdown on a drive that ran off 4:07 and covered 77 yards on nine plays. Just 12 seconds later, however, McCarney tore off for a 75-yard run and touchdown to lead 51-26.
Lafayette put together consecutive scores with Hebron hitting paydirt on a 63-yard run, the Leopards' longest play from scrimmage in 2012, and Ross snagging a fade in the corner of the endzone to cut the lead to 51-41 with 13 minutes left in the game. Hebron finished with 119 yards on nine carries while Ross collected 106 yards on seven catches in his fifth 100-plus yard receiving game of the season.
Colgate put away the game on the next possession. The Lafayette defense faced a 3rd-and-4 at the Colgate 36 when McCarney threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Ryne Morrison for the 58-41 lead.
When Lafayette got the ball back, Zweizig was sacked and fumbled in Colgate territory, setting up the insurance score on a drive that began at the Lafayette 26. The fifth of McCord's carries punched it in from four yards out and the 65-41 final.
The Leopards return to action on Nov. 10, traveling to Fordham for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
NOTES: The last time Lafayette gave up 60 or more points was Oct. 20, 2001 in a 63-53 loss at Holy Cross and the last time Lafayette surrendered 200+ rushing yards was Nov. 6, 2010, surrendering 212 to Colgate's Nate Eachus.