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FDU kick beats Hopkins, 20-17


When Johns Hopkins quarterback Dan Redziniak last saw Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison, it was from a low vantage point -- the turf on Homewood Field.

He was sacked 13 times and the Blue Jays lost by 10 points. In last night's rematch, the opener for both, Redziniak took another beating.

So did the Blue Jays. FDU's Jason Herrick made a 36-yard field goal on the game's final play as the visiting Jersey Devils rallied for a 20-17 win.

Redziniak (10-for-12, 92 yards) left the game late in the second quarter, three plays after being yanked by the face mask, causing numbness in his right hand and an interception in the end zone.

His replacement, senior Jim Guzzo, was making his Hopkins debut, forcing coach Jim Margraff to go with a more conservative game plan for a while that left the Blue Jays with miserable field position through most of the third quarter.

An interception by Joseph Meehan that was returned to the FDU 34 with less than a minute remaining began the winning drive.

"Jim is a fine player and he did well. We just didn't give him any field position until the fourth quarter," Margraff said. "It's a shame when a penalty takes your [starting] quarterback out."

The Devils trailed by 14-7 at the time of Redziniak's injury. But despite having the Blue Jays pinned back, they didn't score again until Herrick kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:14 left in the third period.

The Hopkins offense had been going backward, once being faced with a third-and-41. That ended, though, when runs of 18 yards by fullback Chuck Wotkowicz and receiver Mark Guzzo in the fourth quarter set up a 35-yard field goal by sophomore Todd Bencivenni with 7:09 remaining.

Soon after, FDU senior quarterback Jason Schneider found Jake Doran down the middle for a 66-yard completion and the tying touchdown with 6:04 left.

The Blue Jays rushed for 85 yards in the first half, an encouraging sign considering they were held to minus 34 in last year's meeting. Redziniak completed his first eight passes -- the ninth was dropped -- and Hopkins' defense came up with a couple of timely sacks as the hosts took a 14-7 lead at halftime.

FDU-Madison .... 0 .. 7 .. 3 .. 10 .. -- .. 20

Johns Hopkins .. 7 .. 7 .. 0 ... 3 .. -- .. 17

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