Scores

Final

Morehead State 42

(3-4, 3-1 Pioneer)

Valparaiso 28

(1-6, 1-3 Pioneer)

2:00 PM ET, October 19, 2013

Brown Field, Valparaiso, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MORE 6 13 10 1342
VALP 14 14 0 028

Top Performers

Passing: A. Gahafer (MORE) - 458 YDS, 3 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: R. Harden (MORE) - 7 CAR, 30 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Cassara (VALP) - 12 REC, 135 YDS, 1 TD

Morehead State earns 42-28 win over Valparaiso

Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Austin Gahafer threw three touchdown passes on a career-high 458 yards passing as Morehead State erased a first-half deficit for a 42-28 win over Valparaiso Saturday.

Morehead State (3-4, 3-1 Pioneer Football League) won its third consecutive conference game for the first time since 2007 while Valparaiso (1-6, 1-3) dropped its third straight game.

Down 28-19 at halftime, the Eagles outscored the Crusaders 23-0 in the second half, led by two rushing touchdowns from Rob Harden.

Harden's rushing score in the third quarter closed the gap to 28-26, and a field goal later gave Morehead State the lead. Harden's second score followed by Gahafer's third touchdown pass gave the Eagles a two-score lead.

Gahafer also set a career-high mark with 41 completions. Jake Raymond led the Eagles' receivers, catching 12 passes for 133 yards, both career-highs.

Eric Hoffman threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns to lead Valparaiso.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MORE
VALP
1st Downs3124
Total Yards627444
Passing458326
Rushing169118
Penalties9-745-50
3rd Down Conversions10-143-14
4th Down Conversions1-12-6
Turnovers41
Possession30:3229:28

Passing Leaders

Morehead StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gahafer41/524588.833
ValparaisoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hoffman29/483266.831

Rushing Leaders

Morehead StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Reeves47318.3054
Macshara15503.306
ValparaisoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Conway15674.5019
Hoffman11444.0115

Receiving Leaders

Morehead StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Raymond1213311.1028
Lewis89011.3024
ValparaisoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cassara1213511.3140
Taibi68113.5123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMOREVALP
TD09:56Andrew Cassara 40 Yd Pass From Eric Hoffman (Jacob Newman Kick) 07
TD05:54Eric Hoffman 2 Yd Run (Jacob Newman Kick) 014
TD03:28Mason Rutherford 51 Yd Pass From Austin Gahafer (Pat Failed) 614
SECOND QUARTERMOREVALP
TD13:30Brandon Bornhauser 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 1214
TD10:52Tony Taibi 22 Yd Pass From Eric Hoffman (Jacob Newman Kick) 1221
TD08:53Justin Cornwall 15 Yd Pass From Austin Gahafer (Luke Boyd Kick) 1921
TD02:20Steve O'Bryant 7 Yd Pass From Eric Hoffman (Jacob Newman Kick) 1928
THIRD QUARTERMOREVALP
TD12:23Rob Harden 2 Yd Run (Luke Boyd Kick) 2628
FG05:56Luke Boyd 38 Yd 2928
FOURTH QUARTERMOREVALP
TD13:09Rob Harden 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 3528
TD05:50Brandon Bornhauser 26 Yd Pass From Austin Gahafer (Luke Boyd Kick) 4228