No. 19 St. John Fisher pulls away from W&J
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Tyler Fenti passed for four touchdowns and Cody Miller ran for 202 yards and two scores as St. John Fisher defeated Washington & Jefferson, 42-21, Saturday afternoon at Growney Stadium.
St. John Fisher (2-0), ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division III, scored the game’s final three touchdowns and broke a 21-21 tie in the third quarter on a 77-yard TD run by Miller.
The Cardinals amassed 733 yards total offense. All six of St. John Fisher’s touchdown drives covered at least 71 yards.
W&J (1-1) had 466 yards of offense, including 339 passing and three touchdowns from quarterback Matt Bliss.
Wide receiver Alex Baroffio caught 13 passes for 139 yards and a two-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that pulled W&J into a 21-21 tie.
Baroffio, a senior, became W&J’s all-time pass receptions leader. The 13 catches gives him 200 for his career. He surpassed the record of 192 held by David Ravida, who last played in 2008.
St. John Fisher regained the lead at 28-21 on Miller’s long TD run, only 17 seconds after the Baroffio score.
Two of the Presidents’ next three possessions reached St. John Fisher territory but failed to produce points. A third-quarter drive ended with W&J turning the ball over on downs at the St. John Fisher 28-yard line.
Early in the fourth quarter, Baroffio ran 18 yards on a reverse but fumbled at the Cardinals’ 10.
Three player after the fumble, an 80-yard pass from Fenti to Nathan Nigolian set up a 7-yard scoring toss to Kevin Francis that made the score 35-21.
Miller capped the scoring with a 30-yard run.
W&J overcame a 7-0 deficit with a pair of first-quarter TD passes by Bliss, covering 14 yards to running back Dion Wiegand and 39 yards to Dan Lucas.
Fenti, who was 18 of 26 for 453 yards in only his second career start, connected with Nigolian on a 32-yard touchdown that tied the score at 14-14 in the second quarter.
After St. John Fisher blocked a 20-yard field goal by W&J, the Cardinals took a 21-14 on Fenti’s 44-yard pass to Ryan Kramer with 1:33 left in the first half.
St. John Fisher scored on its first offensive play of the game, an 87-yard pass from Fenti to Francis.