Waynesburg University scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to three, but No. 15 Case Western Reserve University hung on to a 27-24 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) victory over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday at John F. Wiley Stadium on Senior Day.
Cole Booth pulled in an 11-yard touchdown reception from Mason Schrenker and Mike Ryhal added the third of three PATs with seven seconds remaining, but the Spartans (9-0) were able to recover the onside kick and run out the clock.
Schrenker’s one-yard run at 14:35 of the fourth quarter cut Waynesburg’s deficit to 27-17 after Ryhal’s extra point.
Case Western Reverse scored 11 seconds in when Travis Johnston returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and Robertson Albrecht made the first of three extra points.
The Yellow Jackets (1-8) got on the scoreboard with 11:44 left in the first quarter on Ryhal’s 31-yard field goal before Albrecht’s 33 yarder pushed the Spartans’ advantage back up to seven with 9:23 remaining in the opening frame.
Quarterback Drew Saxton’s six-yard run at 11:39 of the second quarter pushed Case Western Reserve’s lead to 17-3, but Waynesburg rallied back for a touchdown at 5:56 of the second on Justin Flack’s 20-yard run.
Albrecht gave his team a 10-point halftime advantage with a 21-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the second quarter.
Johnston’s one-yard score at 9:41 of the third quarter provided the visitors with a 27-10 lead.
Schrenker was 22 of 37 for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Flack gained 126 yards on 21 carries and a long of 56. Booth caught eight passes for 59 yards.
Albert Gallatin graduate Alex Stoy had two receptions for nine yards for the Yellow Jackets.
Teammate Tyler Metzger, a Connellsville graduate, had two assists on tackles, and his brother, Howard Metzger, had one tackle and returned three kickoffs for 49 yards, with a long of 20.