JOLIET, Ill. — University of Saint Francis cornerback Wilmer Cole credited his gloves after the senior ‘pick-6’ in the third quarter revived the top-ranked Cougars in a 49-19 win at University of St. Francis on a cloudy, windy Saturday afternoon.
Cole tipped a pass away, then made a nifty two-handed snag and THEN took it back 21 yards for the third quarter touchdown.
“Couldn’t have come at better time,” Head Coach Kevin Donley asserted. “We needed a spark.”
Cole’s second career interception for a touchdown was the first of four consecutive touchdowns that put the game out of reach for the Fighting Saints, who had drawn as close as 21-13.
Eli Wallace scored on a determined 26-yard TD charge with 11:02 to play in the game. USF QB Matt Crable conected with Rocky James on a 45-yard touchdown connection in the fourth quarter and finally Jahni Cooper hauled in a pass from Clay Senerius opening up 49-13 lead.
Justin Green put USF ahead with his record-tying 54th career touchdown, a 1-yard skip into the end zone capping a 19-play, 98-yard drive on the Cougars’ first possession. Crable hit James for the first of James two TDs, then found Dan Ricksy, who found the end zone for a 56-yard catch and run in the second quarter.