ONEONTA, NY – Brockport scored 21 straight points in the second half to erase a 20-point third-quarter deficit and hung on for a record-setting 70-68 win over Hartwick in the ECAC Northwest Bowl Championship game on a blistering cold day at Wright Stadium in Oneonta, NY on Saturday. Senior running back Garet Lynch (Valley Stream, NY) rushed for an NCAA-record 370 yards in the first half and finished the game with an astounding 429 on 40 carries and seven touchdown runs to lead the Golden Eagles.
The game set the NCAA record for most points scored by two teams in regulation (138) and the most points scored by a losing team in regulation (70). Hartwick quarterback Jason Boltus (Baldwinsville, NY) and receiver Jack Phelan (Slingerlands, NY) capped their careers in the Blue and White with NCAA all-time marks. Boltus finished the game with 356 passing yards, 69 rushing yards and seven touchdown passes. His 425 total yards vaults Guilford’s Josh Vogelbach for the all-time D-III career yardage record which now stands at 14,321. Phelan recorded one touchdown reception to end the year with 26 to tie the all-time NCAA mark. Both teams also combined for 1,332 total yards of offense, just 63 yards short of another NCAA benchmark.
After Boltus hit Noah Koreman (Albany, NY) for an 88-yard touchdown reception with 9:22 left in the third to give Hartwick a 62-42 lead, Brockport would find the end zone with two minutes left in the third, and three more times in the fourth to grab a 70-62 lead with under six minutes to play.
Lynch would cap a nine-play 80-yard drive with a four-yard scamper with 2:06 left in the third, and after a Hartwick punt on its next possession, the Golden Eagles Felipe Diaz (Syracuse, NY) caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from QB Zack Luke (Cambridge, NY) to make it a six-point game, 62-56, with 11:39 left.
Nick Duchscherer (Youngstown, NY) would then intercept Boltus to set up a 40-yard drive finished off by Lynch on a 1-yard run to tie the score. Jeff Cook (Rochester, NY) added the extra point to give the visitors their first lead of the game with 7:17 showing on the clock, 63-62.
Brockport would add to its lead just over a minute later when defensive back Neil Fay (Olean, NY) stripped away the ball from receiver Max Meisel (Weston, CT) and brought it back 61 yards for a touchdown and a 70-62 edge.
The Hawks got the ball back with 5:46 remaining and Boltus completed three passes to Dan Gill (Massapequa, NY) and one to Nate Rockefeller (Delhi, NY) for a combined 27 yards and he rushed for another five before finding Koreman for 28 yards for his fifth touchdown reception of the contest to put ’Wick down by two. Hartwick went for the two-point conversion looking for the tie but the Golden Eagle defense would come up with an INT on a Rockefeller passing attempt and the game stayed 70-68.
The Golden Eagles would drive the ball down to the Hartwick 20 taking 2:24 off the clock in the process before ’Wick finally got the ball back with 35 seconds left and one last chance for a final game-winning drive. On 3rd and 3 from the Hartwick 27, Josh Day (Hornell, NY) and Chris Koehler (Hornell, NY) came up with a timely Brockport sack, and Boltus’ final passing attempt to Gill went incomplete to end the game.
The Hawks would jump out to a 14-0 lead in the contest on touchdowns by Tim Smith (Wakefield, MA) and DeMulder, but Brockport came right back with Tim Hall (Depew, NY) and Lynch TD-runs to tie the score. Phelan’s record-tying reception gave the Hawks a 21-14 lead after one quarter.
In the second period, Koreman caught a 47-yard TD from Boltus giving the Hawks a 28-14 advantage, but Lynch broke free for a 60-yard rumble to cut the lead in half, 28-21. DeMulder and Lynch would then alternate touchdowns to make it 41-35 with 2:34 left in the half. DeMulder got into the end zone with seven and one-yard runs and Lynch broke free for a 24-yarder and then again with a big 56-yard run. Boltus and Koreman would give ’Wick a 48-35 halftime edge in a 27-yard touchdown connection.
Koreman would finish the game with 215 receiving yards, six catches and a career-high five touchdown receptions. Tosh DeMulder (Unadilla, NY) gained career-highs of 337 all-purpose yards and 190 on the ground on 21 rushes and scored three touchdowns. Boltus also tied a career and Hartwick all-time high with his seven TDs. He finished 19-for-37 on the afternoon.
Lynch, who was virtually unstoppable in the first half, recorded touchdown runs of 16, 60, 24, 56, 1, 4, and 1 on the day, ended today’s contest just 13 yards and one touchdown short of tying the all-time NCAA single-game records.
Defensively, Hartwick junior defensive back Ben Zarzycki (Gansevoort, NY) led all players with 11 tackles on the day. Hawk sophomore Chad Rockefeller (Delhi, NY) added two sacks. For the Golden Eagles, Day was involved with all four Brockport sacks on Boltus. Koehler combined with Day on three of them. Duchscherer and Jarret Woodfork (Syracuse, NY) tied for a team-high eight tackles in the game.
The Golden Eagles close out the 2008 campaign with a 7-4 overall record. The Hawks end up 7-3.
Courtesy: Hartwick University Sports Information