Oct 20, 2018
Behind three passing touchdowns from freshman quarterback Drew Saxton, the 22nd-ranked Case Western Reserve University Spartans cruised to their second-straight win, topping Geneva College 27-14 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania on Saturday night.
With three games left in the regular season schedule, the Spartans improved to 6-1 overall and are now in a tie for first-place with seventh-ranked Washington & Jefferson in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference with a 5-1 PAC ledger. Geneva dropped to 2-5 overall and to 2-4 in the league.
Saxton completed 14-of-28 passes in the game for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Saxton also broke the CWRU record for most passing yards in a season by a freshman (previously held by Nick Leskiewicz with 1,988 in 1994) as he now has 2,177 passing yards this season. Sophomore running back Zach Hall led the rushing attack with 72 yards, while sophomore Colt Morgan caught seven passes for 106 yards, including two touchdown receptions. The Spartans converted eight-of-16 third-down attempts on Saturday, and totaled 385 yards in the game.
The CWRU defense held its opponent to two touchdowns, while limiting the Golden Tornadoes’ triple-option offense to just 272 total yards, including 213 on the ground. Junior cornerback Kevin Chrissis and sophomore safety Joshua Smith each intercepted passes, while senior defensive end Cameron Brown registered two sacks.
The Spartans struck for one touchdown in the first quarter of the game, starting their scoring with an eight-play, 55-yard drive, with 25 yards coming on runs by Jenkins. They concluded the drive when Saxton found Morgan with a 25-yard pass, his 15th receiving touchdown of the year, with 11:14 remaining in the quarter.
The CWRU defense opened the second quarter strong with Chrisis intercepting Luke Lloyd’s pass and returning it 23 yards to give the Spartans great field position with 13:43 remaining in the half. The turnover set up a 37-yard touchdown pass from Saxton to Morgan to extend the CWRU lead to 14-0 with 13:27 remaining …