After a delay of 1:40 due to lightening in the area, Susquehanna and Moravian staged a true classic in the season opener -- one that saw the Crusaders hold a 24-20 lead with 5:30 left in the third before falling, 34-27.
Moravian quarterback Marc Braxmeier tied a school record with four touchdown passes as and threw for 215 yards and added the one-yard game winning plunge with 2:27 to play to lead the Greyhound comeback. Braxmeier's four TD tosses also equaled a Nicholas A. Lopardo Stadium record.
Susquehanna sophomore tailback Dave Paveletz rushed for a career high 169 yards on 32 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead Susquehanna. His four-yard run opened the Crusader scoring at 8:22 -- cutting the Moravain lead to 7-6 -- while his 11-yard scoring jaunt gave Susquehanna a 21-20 lead with 12:35 left in the third.
Freshman kicker Bobby Eppleman's 24-yard field goal with 5:30 left in the quarter capped a 10-play, 74-yard drive to extend the lead to 24-20. He also connected on a 32-yard field goal with 9:49 left to tie the score at 27.
Susquehanna junior quarterback Derek Pope also threw for 116 yards and a touchdown -- completing 12 of 25 passes.
On defense, junior end Jarrid Myers added two-and-a-half sacks for the Crusaders, who lost to Moravian for a fourth straight time.
This was also the second straight time the game between the Greyhounds and the Crusaders was delayed by weather. In 2006, the game was delayed for 45 minutes after just three plays. This year, the start of the game was delayed by 1:40 by lightening in the area.