ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Turnabout was fair play for the University of Saint Francis in a 38-20 shocker at NAIA No. 12-ranked Robert Morris University on a sun-bathed, windy Saturday afternoon near Chicago.
USF senior quarterback Wesley Hunsucker threw four first-half touchdown passes in the first half and finished with 305 yards passing and Bradley Jarzab added a second-half TD pass for the Cougars. Hunsucker completed 86 percent of his passes connecting on 19-of-22 attempts without an interception.
In the first meeting between RMU and USF at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium in 2013, the then unranked Eagles pulled out a 28-24 win over then No. 4-ranked USF.
USF improves to 4-4 overall, 2-1 in Mid-States Football Association Mideast League action with its second consecutive MSFA MEL win.
The USF defense held RMU (6-2, 1-2 MEL) to 135 yards rushing including Lamont Wims, who entered the game averaging 167.7 yards per game, to just 76 yards on 20 carries. RMU finished with a season low 267 yards of total offense. USF finished with 450 yards of total offense.
Hunsucker connected with Seth Stuart for 19 yards at 10:32 in the first quarter then added three more in the second quarter. He found Matt Noll for a 36-yards scoring stirike at 14:40, Cam Smith for 60 yards at 12:14 and Zach Gegner at 4:20 from RMU 8-yard line giving USF a 28-13 lead.
After RMU closed the deficit to 28-20 on a Matt Westerkamp to Tyler Warden TD pass at 8:02, the Cougars did the rest of the scoring. Jason Nicodemus caught a 2-yard pass fr.om Jarzab for a 35-20 lead at 10:18 in the fourth quarter. Ryan Nix booted a career-record 40-yard field goal despite wind gusts around 20-mph at 3:35 to finish the scoring.It
“It feels pretty good, kids played awfully hard today on both sides of the ball,” USF Head Coach Kevin Donley said after the game. “Wes Hunsucker had a big game and receivers made plays, I’m pretty proud of our players.”
Defensive tackle Joey Dynako, who had missed USF’s last two games because of injury, really put the nail in RMU’s coffin with a sack for a nine-yard loss with just over nine minutes to play in the game on third-and-15. Dynako finished with six solo tackles, seven total. LB Kyle Mathewson led USF with seven solo tackles, nine total. Jason Gardener added six solo tackles, seven total. Punter Josh Spitnale did his part with two punts, one for 59 yards.
The win was USF’s second straight over an NAIA Top 25 team ranked higher than the Cougars, which is a first in the 17-year history of the program.
USF plays at Concordia (MI) in Ann Arbor, Mich. at 1 p.m. next Saturday (Nov. 1).