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Valpo's Fourth-Quarter Comeback Falls Short At Morehead State

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Morehead, Kent. ? Morehead State scored 23 points off turnovers as the Eagles defeated Valpo 29-23. Valpo scored 16 fourth-quarter points to pull within six with over three minutes left. The Crusaders (3-3) scored their touchdowns on a 2-yard pass from Dustin Shamburg to Matt Van Daele, a 2-yard pass from Ryan Doerffler to Jeff Horton, and a 13-yard pass from Doerffler to Kevin Knutson.

MSU, which intercepted four passes and recovered a fumble, led 23-7 at halftime. After Chris Hutchinson returned an interception 13 yards to the Valpo 24-yard line, Casey McCoy rushed for a 2-yard score with 4:52 left in the first quarter.

Valpo responded with an 8-play, 65-yard drive, culminating with Van Daele's touchdown with 1:25 remaining in the first quarter. Rob Giancola caught two passes from Shamburg for 43 yards on the drive, the latter a 25-yarder to the MSU 2-yard line.

Following a 42-yard kickoff return by Demarcus Deadwyler, the Eagles answered with a 13-play, 53-yard scoring drive, ending with quarterback Brian Yost's 9-yard run.

On Valpo's next possession in the second quarter, Hutchinson intercepted Shamburg for the second time, returning the ball 14 yards to the Valpo 20. Three plays later, Jabari McGee scampered into the end zone from four yards to give the Eagles a 20-3 lead with 6:20 left before halftime.

MSU (2-3) recovered a fumble on a punt return and added a 21-yard field goal by Adam Jones.

The only scoring in the third quarter occurred after MSU's Craig Unger returned Valpo's fourth interception to the 39-yard line. McGee, who led all rushers with 124 yards on 15 carries, ran for a 4-yard score with just under three minutes left in the third quarter.

Doerffler, Valpo's third quarterback on the afternoon, led the Crusaders to two consecutive touchdown drives. The redshirt freshman connected with Giancola on a 55-yard reception to set up Horton's 2-yard touchdown reception from Doerffler.

Valpo scored on a safety after an MSU snap went over the head of Eagle punter Aaron Charles in the end zone.

Following Seungyeup Ro's fumble recovery to halt an MSU drive in Valpo territory, the Crusaders mounted another scoring drive. Horton rushed for 10 yards and, after a personal foul on MSU advanced the ball to the 12-yard line, Doerffler found Knutson open in the right side of the end zone to bring Valpo within 29-23 with 3:33 remaining.

The Eagles converted a fourth down-and-three into a first down with over two minutes left after Valpo used all three timeouts during the drive. MSU ran several plays to run the remaining time off the clock

Horton led Valpo with 82 rushing yards on six attempts and made four catches for 28 yards. Doerffler, who entered the game in the latter portion of the third quarter, completed 6 of 11 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Giancola caught four passes for a game-high 109 yards.

MSU held a 274-243 advantage in total yards ? 236 coming on the ground. Valpo had 159 yards through the air and 84 via the rush.

Valpo celebrates Homecoming by playing its Pioneer Football League North Division opener against Dayton next Saturday (Oct. 9) at 1:30 p.m.







W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay