BEREA, Ohio -- Stunned.
Surrendering 14 fourth quarter points, the Heidelberg University football team fell to Baldwin Wallace University, 27-10, on Saturday afternoon. The Berg did not have an answer for BW, as the Yellow Jackets scored the final 20 points of the game.
The Student Princes fall to 6-3 overall, 5-3 in OAC action. BW improves to 6-3, 5-3 in the conference
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both teams struggled to find any offensive rhythm in the first quarter. The Student Princes mustered just 34 yards of offense from scrimmage in the period.
With Heidelberg's defense holding Baldwin Wallace scoreless, the Berg broke through as time expired in the first half. A 13-play, 65-yard drive was capped by a 30-yard Austin Baker field goal. Baker's field goal was set up by a 16-yard pass to Keivon Belcher across the middle for excellent field position.
Following a Heidelberg three-and-out to start the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets stormed downfield to take a 7-3 lead. On a 3rd and 1 from the HU 48, Baldwin Wallace's Matt Lowry broke through the Berg defense for a 26-yard run to get just outside the red zone. Yellow Jacket quarterback Jake Hudson scrambled on a 3rd and 7 to find Rob Wolfington for a 19-yard touchdown strike.
Cameron Vocke found space for a dynamic 49-yard run before being tackled at the BW 1-yard line. On the ensuing play, Vocke put the Berg ahead with a 1-yard rush. The score was the senior's 14th of the year, giving the visitors a 10-7 lead with 5:07 in the third.
A costly personal foul gave Baldwin Wallace a first and goal from the Heidelberg 7. Lowry capitalized on the next play, walking into the end zone untouched. The PAT was blocked, but BW held a 13-10 lead.
After stopping Heidelberg on a 4th and 4, the Yellow Jackets tacked onto their lead with a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Desperate for a stop, the Student Prince defense got their wish when Terrance Cole picked off Hudson. With the potential to cut into the Yellow Jacket lead, Baker's 32-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right.
The exclamation point came with 1:41 to play, when Hudson escaped three HU defenders for a 15-yard touchdown run.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
With his 17 completions, Tyler Stoyle is just two shy of breaking the program record for his career. Stoyle currently has 586 for his career, behind Shane Fulton who had 587 from 1983-86.
Vocke finished the day with 137 all-purpose yards, including 108 on the ground with a touchdown.
"Today we didn't play well enough for 60 minutes to win the game," said head coach Scott Donaldson. "We did not do what we needed to do … We made too many mistakes and had way too many execution issues."
Donaldson on moving forward: "All we can do now is focus on sending these seniors out the right way with a win at home next week."
Heidelberg wraps up its 2017 campaign next week when it plays host to Capital University (1-8, 1-7). Prior to the contest, the Berg will recognize its senior class. Kickoff at Hoernemann Stadium is slated for 1:30 p.m.