Scores

Final

Valparaiso 31

(0-2, 0-2 away)

1:00 PM ET, September 7, 2013

1 2 3 4 T
VALP 6 7 10 831
STJ 6 12 0 1634

Top Performers

Passing: E. Hoffman (VALP) - 291 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Hutson (VALP) - 24 CAR, 128 YDS

Receiving: F. Gladney (VALP) - 5 REC, 98 YDS, 1 TD

St. Joseph's edges Valparaiso 34-31

Associated Press

RENSSELAER, Ind. -- Billy VandeMerkt logged 404 yards passing and four touchdown passes, leading St. Joseph's to a 34-31 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday.

St. Joseph's (1-0) edged Valparaiso (0-2) with late-game scoring for the second consecutive year in the 66th contest between the two teams.

St. Joseph's Gavin Voss converted a field goal with less than five minutes left in the game to break a tie and cap a 16-point quarter for the Pumas.

VandeMerkt helped spark the fourth-quarter offense, completing two of his four touchdown passes early in the quarter. A 76-yard touchdown pass to Alphonso Hines gave the Pumas a 31-23 lead.

Valparaiso responded with a 58-yard touchdown pass from Eric Hoffman to Tanner Kuramata. A successful 2-point conversion tied the game at 31-31 before Voss' field goal broke the tie for good.

Hoffman had 291 yards passing and three touchdowns to lead the Crusaders.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VALP
STJ
1st Downs2120
Total Yards431513
Passing291404
Rushing140109
Penalties3-2012-118
3rd Down Conversions9-185-13
4th Down Conversions0-20-2
Turnovers00
Possession30:4929:11

Passing Leaders

ValparaisoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hoffman22/402917.330
St. Joseph's (IN)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
VandeMerkt28/3840410.640

Rushing Leaders

ValparaisoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hutson241285.3044
Hall5346.8112
St. Joseph's (IN)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Cook11393.509
VandeMerkt6355.8031

Receiving Leaders

ValparaisoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gladney59819.6173
Kuramata48721.8158
St. Joseph's (IN)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Hines814918.6176
Walker1012612.6332

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVALPSTJ
TD14:13Fred Gladney 73 Yd Pass From Eric Hoffman (Pat Failed) 60
STJTD06:27Julian Walker 9 Yd Pass From Billy VandeMerkt (Pat Failed) 66
SECOND QUARTERVALPSTJ
STJTD14:25Julian Walker 32 Yd Pass From Billy VandeMerkt (Pat Blocked) 612
STJTD06:35Braxton Shelton 3 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 618
TD00:43Kent Warren 10 Yd Pass From Eric Hoffman (Jacob Newman Kick) 1318
THIRD QUARTERVALPSTJ
FG09:49Jacob Newman 37 Yd 1618
TD03:44Brandon Hall 12 Yd Run (Jacob Newman Kick) 2318
FOURTH QUARTERVALPSTJ
STJTD14:11Julian Walker 18 Yd Pass From Billy VandeMerkt (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 2324
STJTD10:44Alphonso Hines 76 Yd Pass From Billy VandeMerkt (Gavin Voss Kick) 2331
TD08:08Tanner Kuramata 58 Yd Pass From Eric Hoffman (Eric Hoffman Pass To Tanner Kuramata For Two-Point Conversion) 3131
STJFG04:51Gavin Voss 29 Yd 3134