College Football: St. Francis rallies past Siena Heights
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media November 2, 2013 10:52PM
Jordan Patsch’s four points were the difference Saturday.
Updated: December 4, 2013 6:37AM
The University of St. Francis rallied to victory for the fourth time this year, posting a 17-13 Mid-States Football Association Mideast Division win over Siena Heights Saturday in Adrian, Mich.
No. 23 USF rallied from a 13-7 halftime deficit to finish the regular season 4-1 on the road. It’s just the second time since 1990 the Saints lost just one road game during the regular season.
“We made the plays we had to in order to win,” USF coach Joe Curry said.
The Saints are 6-3 overall and 4-1 and tied for first place in the MSFA Mideast. Siena Heights fell to 4-5, 1-4.
“Obviously, this was a great win for us,” Curry said. “This keeps us alive for another week. It was a good win and puts us in a situation we want to be, competing for a conference championship and a spot in the (NAIA) playoffs.”
USF got on the board first, then squandered the lead. A 46-yard touchdown pass from E.J. White to Troy Torrence staked the visitors a 7-0 advantage. Siena Heights scored the next 13 points to take a 13-7 lead at the break.
“We were down at the half,” Curry said. “We were down at halftime, made some adjustments and the kids went out and executed. They knew they had to forget the first half and go 1-0 in the second half and we did that today.”
The host Saints missed a field goal on their first drive of the second half. USF went 80 yards in 10 plays and took a 14-13 lead when White hooked up with Trace Wanless from 43 yards away for a score. Jordan Patsch’s extra-point gave the visitors a 14-13 lead it would not relinquish.
Early in the fourth quarter at its 46, USF went for it on a fourth-and-one and converted when Dustin Greenwell ran for 3 yards.
“We had a crucial fourth down and trying to decide whether we were going to go for it or not,” Curry said. “I have the utmost confidence in our defense.”
It led to a 38-yard field goal by Patsch and a 17-13 lead with 9:35 left in the game. Siena Heights had one first down the rest of the game. USF’s defense held the hosts to 107 yards of offense in the second half. Siena Heights came away with just one touchdown in four trips to the red zone.
White completed 22 of 31 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown. He led the team with 55 yards rushing on 19 carries. Torrence caught four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. Wanless also caught four balls for 60 yards and a score.