October 10, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Valparaiso00077
Drake7714634
Scoring
1st Quarter
DRAKETD03:51Wilkins 3 Yd Run (Lee kick)
2nd Quarter
DRAKETD14:16Wilkins 4 Yd Run (Lee kick)
3rd Quarter
DRAKETD10:34Wilkins 12 Yd Pass From Rice (Lee kick)
DRAKETD04:05Reichardt 4 Yd Run (Lee kick)
4th Quarter
DRAKEFG10:55Lee 37 Yd
VALPOTD08:05CATRINE 17 Yd Pass From CLARKE (NEWMAN kick)
DRAKEFG04:39Lee 35 Yd
Stats at a GlanceVALPODRAKE
1st Downs1522
3rd Down Conversions6-186-16
4th Down Conversions1-52-4
Passing (Comp-Att)165 (21-47) 131 (14-33)
Rushing (Att)43 (27) 205 (49)
Total Yards208336
Penalties4-406-70
Turnovers22
Fumbles Lost10
Interceptions12
Possession29:4030:20
Valpo Football Falls at Drake Saturday
J.J. Nunes had an interception for the Crusaders Saturday.


Valpo Football Falls at Drake Saturday
Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Valparaiso University football team was unable to come out of Saturday with its second consecutive road win in PFL play, falling to Drake in Des Moines, Iowa by a 34-7 final.

Valpo looked poised to potentially take the lead on its first possession, putting together a 14-play drive, but the drive stalled just short of the red zone and the Crusaders’ field goal attempt was pushed wide left. Drake went three-and-out on its first time with the ball, but a 71-yard punt flipped the field, and the Bulldogs would take advantage of their next two possessions starting in Valpo territory. Conley Wilkins posted touchdown runs of three and four yards to give Drake a 14-0 lead.

The Crusaders had the ball in Drake territory three times during the second quarter in an effort to cut into the two-score deficit, but were unable to come out of any trip with points. A fumble thwarted the first drive, while Valpo failed to convert on fourth-down chances on either of the other two trips as the game went into halftime at 14-0.

Coming out of the halftime break, Drake scored on its first possession, as Wilkins caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Andy Rice. Later in the quarter, Brock Reichardt scored on a four-yard run. The Crusaders snapped the shutout with 8:05 to play, as Ryan Clarke (Hopatcong, N.J./Hopatcong) hit Frank Catrine (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Drake’s Josh Lee hit field goals of 37 and 35 yards in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

Clarke finished the game 21-of-47 passing for 165 yards, hitting Catrine a team-high five times for 52 yards. Jean Rene (Delray Beach, Fla./Wellington Community) added four catches for 39 yards. The Crusaders were limited to just 43 rushing yards on the day. Defensively, Alex Green (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) led all players with 13 tackles.

The Crusaders limited Drake (3-3, 2-1 PFL) to just 131 total yards passing, as Rice was just 12-of-28 for 114 yards and threw interceptions to J.J. Nunes (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) and Cody Cotton (Maywood, Ill./ Walther Lutheran). But the Bulldogs ran the ball 49 times for 205 yards, led by 59 yards and the pair of scores on the ground from Wilkins.

Valparaiso (1-4, 1-2 PFL) returns home for the first of two consecutive home games as it hosts Dayton at Brown Field next Saturday at 1 p.m. The game is slated for broadcast on ESPN3.com, with live audio and live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com as well.