By Kyle Krajewski
The Golden Bears had control of the game for the entire first half. They had a commanding 26-0 lead right before halftime when Assumption scored their first touchdown with about 40 seconds left of the half.
But Assumption came back from halftime with some fire inside them. Twenty-eight unanswered points gave them a 28-26 lead over KU with just a little over three minutes left in the game—three minutes to score a game-winning touchdown.
That’s all the Golden Bears needed. QB Collin DiGalbo connected with three different receivers on three plays to get KU down to the red zone, followed by a pass interference on Assumption and the Golden Bears were now inside the five-yard line. RB Craig Reynolds carried the ball on the next play and found the end zone for a KU touchdown with less than two minutes to play. The Golden Bears were now up 32-28.
Assumption had the ball with a good amount of time to claim the lead again. But Shawn Turber-Ortiz had different plans. Having led the team in interceptions last season with six, Turber-Ortiz started the season strong and forced Assumption’s first turnover of the game with an interception.
At this point, KU had the ball again with less than two minutes left of the game, but was forced to punt. Luckily the Golden Bear defense held strong one last time and held Assumption on the final drive of the game in order to seal the victory.
Craig Reynolds had a strong start to his senior year. After missing the second half of last season with an injury, he showed no weaknesses in his return. He ran for 107 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns, one of those being the game-winner.
Reynolds was also named PSAC Athlete of the Week following his performance. During the game, he tied Terry Williams for sixth in school history with 22 career rushing touchdowns. He also moved up to fifth in school history in career all-purpose yards and needs just 66 more rushing yards to break 2,000 rushing.
Collin DiGalbo had 298 yards in the air with three touchdowns, one passing and two rushing. Seven of his completions went to Conor Sullivan who reeled in 133 yards for his first career 100+ receiving game.
Shawn Turber-Ortiz led the team in tackles with nine and snagged the final interception of the game.