Loras falls behind early, suffer defeat to Cornell
Tue, Nov. 10, 2009 - [Football]
The Loras College football team dug themselves into a hole early against Cornell and were never able to recover on Saturday afternoon in Mt. Vernon. The Duhawks trailed 16-0 with 2:55 left in the second quarter after Kyle Tierney and Andrew Burdick connected for their second touchdown of the game. Loras got on the board when John Diekman returned the ensuing PAT attempt to make the score 16-2.
Loras would start to mount a comeback when they took the opening possession of the second half, down field, 61 yards in seven plays for a touchdown. The drive was capped by a one yard Vaughn Gesing rush to cut the Cornell lead to seven.
               
Cornell would regain a two touchdown lead with 40 seconds left in the third quarter. It would take the Duhawks around five minutes to once again cut that lead down to seven. Loras got great field position to begin the drive at the Cornell 39 yard line; and it only took them a minute and seventeen seconds before Brandon Decker would find the endzone on a ten yard run.
               
Loras got the ball back with 4:08 left in the fourth quarter for one last chance to tie up the ballgame. After two Gesing passes of over 20 yards, Loras had a 1st and 10 at the Cornell 11-yard line. Brandon Decker rushed twice for a combined five yards, and then a Gesing pass fell incomplete to bring up fourth down from the six. On the last chance for the Duhawks, Gesing's pass was intercepted by Cornell's Joseph Barlow to seal the game for the Rams.
               
With the loss, Loras falls to 2-7 on the season and 2-5 in the Iowa Conference. Cornell improved their record to 2-7, 1-6 in the IIAC. Loras will travel to Decorah on Saturday for their 2009 season finale against Luther. Kickoff is at noon.