ORANGE, CA. -- A 30-yard pass from senior Edward Sias to junior Karter Odermann with seconds left on the clock lifted the Sagehens over Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Chapman 24-21 on Saturday night at Chapman Stadium.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in SCIAC play.
The Sagehens were led by Sias who threw for 182 yards and a touchdown. Odermann threw for 96 yards and two touchdowns as a quarterback, he led the rushers with 38 yards and led the receivers with 101 yards and a touchdown.
Leading the way for the defense was freshman Ethan Dieck and sophomore Alex Gold who each came away with nine tackles. Sophomores Adam Webber and Kyle Davis each came away with a sack as well for the defense against the Panthers.
A slow moving start to the game saw only one score in the first quarter. The Sagehen defense forced Chapman to turn the ball over on downs in their first two possessions while the Sagehens punted on their opening drive. Pomona-Pitzer got the first touchdown of the night late in the first quarter as Odermann found freshman Dominick Norris out of the backfield with a 12-yard pass to go up 7-0 to end the first quarter.
The Panthers came back and responded on their next possession to tie the game with a three-yard run to tie the game at 7-7. Chapman went on to take their first lead of the game as they scored again just before halftime. After an eight-play, 66-yard drive, the Panthers connected with a 23-yard pass to take a 14-7 lead heading into the locker room.
Pomona-Pitzer came out and got the only score of the third quarter as senior David Berkinsky returned to action with a two-yard touchdown pass from Odermann to even the score up at 14-14.
The defenses stayed strong in the second half but the Sagehens got down in Chapman territory and took a late lead with a 27-yard field goal from junior Winston Li to take a 17-14 lead with 2:19 left in the fourth.
The Panthers put together an impressive two-minute offense and quickly moved the ball down the field with some big plays and set up a four-yard touchdown run to take a 21-17 lead with 56 seconds remaining.
Pomona-Pitzer got the ball with under a minute remaining and made magic out of it. Sias led the offense down the field with pass after pass to chip away at field position to get the Sagehens in an opportunity to get the ball in the endzone. Sias was able to scramble out of the pocket and threw a beautiful ball over the defense to a streaking Odermann who went up and snatched the ball away from the defense and fell to the back of the endzone as the Sagehens came away with a huge road win in dramatic fashion.
"This was a great team win against an excellent SCIAC opponent," said Head Coach John Walsh. "Our players showed a lot of heart from the opening whistle to the very last play. This is a very special group of student-athletes who take academics and football seriously."
Up Next: The Sagehens will next head to SCIAC opponent Occidental on Saturday, November 3rd at 1:00 p.m.