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Oberlin Yeomen down Allegheny to win season finale


OBERLIN - Fans looking for a game between an Ohio team and one from Pennsylvania won`t have to look far today. In fact, if they look hard enough they can double their pleasure.

While most football fans will be tuned to the Browns-Steelers at 1 p.m., SportsTime Ohio will also show an Ohio vs. Pennsylvania game: Saturday`s North Coast Athletic Conference meeting between Oberlin and Allegheny, won by the Yeomen, 27-22.

It will be replayed today at noon.

Oberlin scored its first victory over the Alligators since1985 and also clinched its first back-to-back .500 seasons since 1960.

Also, Oberlin native Chris Schubert finished his college career with another solid performance. His five catches for 52 yards moved him into second all-time in NCAC career receiving yardage. Schubert, who needed 168 all-purpose yards to become the NCAC career leader, fell 35 yards shy, finishing with 133.

"This is a great way to finish my career here," said Schubert. "This has been a strong senior class, a great group of guys. I`ve enjoyed every minute of what we have accomplished here together.

"The back-to-back .500 seasons means a lot, although it got a little too close for comfort at the end."

Close doesn`t even begin to describe the game`s final minutes.

Oberlin (5-5, 5-2 NCAC) appeared to have the game in hand when freshman Derrick Dennis intercepted Allegheny`s T.J. Salopek and sprinted 56 yards for a score. Zach Richard`s kick  made the score 27-15 with 1:21 remaining.

Game over right? Not so fast.

A penalty for excessive celebration following Dennis`s touchdown forced the Yeomen to kick from their 15, and Allegheny took advantage.

The Gators (5-5, 3-4 NCAC) returned the ball to the Yeomen 27. Two plays later Salopek scored on a keeper from 16 yards out. The PAT cut Oberlin`s lead to 27-22 with 55 seconds to play.

Allegheny had to attempt an onside kick, but the Yeomen couldn`t stop it. The Gators recovered the ball at their 41 to keep its hopes alive.

On third-and-five from the 46, Salopek found Jim Lieb for a 6-yard gain to move into Oberlin territory and a fresh set of downs. An 18-yard completion to Jake Vite moved the ball to the 30 with 18 seconds left and Lieb moved the ball to the 25 with 12 seconds remaining.

After an Allegheny timeout, Salopek went to the end zone but the receiver was ruled out of bounds, giving Oberlin the victory.

"Everything worked out," said Oberlin coach Jeff Ramsey. "We lost the onside kick but we answered the challenge. I thought our defense played well and made the plays that they had to on that last drive.

"We had a rough start to the season (three straight losses to open the season) but our defense never gave up. They have continued to improve and to win a game like this is a tribute to that effort."

Allegheny coach Mark Matlak agreed.

"Give them (Oberlin) credit, they played a tough game out there," said Matlak. "They made the plays that they needed to, when they needed them. They put forth more effort and heart than we did, they simply outplayed us."

Oberlin trailed 6-0 in the first quarter when Cody Hartley blocked and recovered an Allegheny punt in the end zone to put the Yeomen on the board. A Greg Mangan to Cassius Harris 48-yard scoring strike and Richard field goal upped Oberlin`s lead to 17-6 at halftime. Following nine straight Allegheny points, another Richard field goal lifted the Yeomen to a 20-15 lead late in the fourth quarter.

Oberlin 27, Allegheny 22

Allegheny    6    0    3    13    -     22

Oberlin    7    10    0    10    -     27

A – Matt Cellini, 1 run (pass failed)

O – Cody Hartley, blocked punt recovered in end zone (Zach Richard kick)

O – Cassius Harris, 48 pass from Greg Mangan (Richard kick)

O – FG Richard 34

A – FG Josh Brannan 31

A – Jim Lieb, 29 pass from T.J. Salopek (pass failed)

O – FG Richard 24

O – Derrick Dennis, 56 interception return (Richard kick)

A – Salopek, 16 run (Brannan kick)

Team statistics

A        O

First downs    20        13

- Rushing    7        5

- Passing    11        7

- Penalty    2        1

Yards rushing    161        75

Yards passing    234        236

Total offense    395        311

Passes att./comp.    35/17        18/11

Intercepted by    0        1

Fumbles/lost    0/0        1/1

Penalties/yards    2/20        8/90

Individual statistics

RUSHING - (A) Rodney Still 13-70, Matt Deviert 14-58, Matt Cellini 8-18, T.J. Salopek 7-15. (O) R.V. Carroll 22-77, Wayne Mundekis 3-13, Chris Schubert 2-(-7), Greg Mangan 1-(-8).

PASSING - (A) Salopek 17-35-234-1-1. (O) Mangan 11-18-236-1-0.

RECEIVING - (A) Jim Lieb 9-127, Jake Vite 2-30, Shane Sullivan 2-15, Cellini 2-(-1). (O) Cassius Harris 5-94, Schubert 5-52, Carroll 4-35, J.J. Hepp 3-21.

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