Last second touchdown keeps undefeated season alive

Shinichi Inoue, Staff Reporter

Case Western Reserve University rallied late in the 4th quarter to defeat University of Rochester with the final score of 14-10. With 46 seconds left on the clock and down by a field goal, the Spartans began their five-play, 82-yard drive. Spartan senior quarterback Joey Baum found fellow senior wide receiver Zach Homyk for a 17-yard game-winning touchdown pass. This win improved the Spartans’ record to 2-0 on season and extended their consecutive winning streak to 33 games.

The Spartans opened up the game with a five-play, 29-yard drive that ended with a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Baum to Homyk. Senior place kicker Sam Coffey completed the extra point attempt to make the score 7-0 with 12:44 left on the clock. The Spartans kept the Yellow Jackets off the board in the first after they threatened to score but were unable to convert on two attempts.

The second quarter began with senior defensive back, Zach Hass, intercepting Yellow Jacket quarterback Patrick Keegan; however the Rochester would immediately regain possession when defensive back Kobie Hamm picked off a pass from CWRU quarterback Baum.

Beginning at CWRU’s 28-yard line, opposing quarterback Keegan led a 10-play, 28-yard drive and tied the score at seven when he found wide receiver Tony Messana for a 3-yard touchdown pass. Rochester would increase their tally to 10 points with a 38-yard field goal by kicker Zachary White-Stellato. At half-time Rochester led Case 10-7.

Third quarter passed with neither side able to score. Case had a chance to convert after QB Baum led a 13-play, 84-yard attack, but faltered when his pass got picked off in the red zone by the Yellow Jacket defense. For the most of the fourth quarter, the Spartan defense kept the game within reach. The linebacker duo of senior Lucas Sasala and junior Jacob Adams continually help stop the Rochester offense. Baum and the Spartans finally broke through with a five-play, 82-yard attack and Homyk capped off the night with his game winning reception.

For the game, Baum completed 27-of-36 passes and racked up a career-high 346 yards and Homyk notched 13 receptions for 161 yards to go along with his two touchdowns. On the defensive side, Adams recorded 12 tackles while sophomore Michael Fioramonti had 11.

The Spartans get a week off, and will return home on Saturday, September 25th to play against Denison University during the Heritage and Firework Night. The Spartans will be wearing their throwback uniforms and there will be a postgame firework display.