September 30, 2006
GROVE CITY TOPS WESTMINSTER, 21-20
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College football team earned its first victory over Westminster since 1979, earning a 21-20 win over the Titans Saturday afternoon in Presidents' Athletic Conference action at rainy Robert E. Thorn Field.
Westminster pulled to within 21-20 with 24 seconds left as Brian Becker caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Franz. However, the game-tying extra point failed and the Wolverines held on for the win.
Grove City took a 21-14 lead with 2:42 left in the game as freshman quarterback Andrew DiDonato (Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette) scored on a three-yard touchdown run. Sophomore Greg Collins (Mantua, Ohio/Garfield) drilled the extra point, his third of the game.
Grove City had gained possession at the Westminster 6 two plays earlier as senior defensive tackle Jordan Johnston (Clarion, Pa./Clarion-Limestone) and junior defensive tackle Justin Fowler (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) stripped Franz. Junior weakside linebacker Bill Waugh (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte) recovered the fumble.
DiDonato completed 10 of 22 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 34 yards. Junior tailback Matt Weil (Fombell, Pa./Riverside) led Grove City with 70 yards rushing on 19 attempts.
The Wolverines (1-3, 1-2 PAC) fell behind in the first quarter, 7-0, as Franz tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Brett Ziegler. However, Grove City tied the game moments before halftime. On first-and-goal, DiDonato tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to junior Jay Yanak (Upper Saint Clair, Pa./Upper Saint Clair) with 50 seconds left. Collins' PAT tied the game at 7-7.
Grove City took a 14-7 lead with 11:22 left in the fourth quarter as DiDonato tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to freshman Matt Weaver (Waite Hill, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin). Weaver led Grove City with six catches for 75 yards. He had 164 all-purpose yards. Yanak added three catches.
Ziegler again caught a 26-yard touchdown from Franz with 7:09 left to tie the game at 14-14. Franz completed 28 of 36 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns. Ziegler had seven catches for 93 yards.
Waugh and sophomore strongside linebacker Ian Minster (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) each had a team-high eight tackles for Grove City. Senior cornerback Chris Schwamberger (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison) recovered a fumble while sophomore strong safety Shane Coughlin (Medford Lakes, N.J./Medford Lakes) forced a fumble.
Punter Henry Johnston (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) placed all four of his punts inside the Westminster 20.
Westminster (1-3, 0-1 PAC) had won 10 straight games against the Wolverines, dating back to 1980. Westminster out-gained Grove City, 369-274. Each team had 16 first downs.
Grove City will visit Bethany next Saturday, October 7, at 2 p.m.
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