Bryant’s Last Second Game Winning Field Goal Attempt Blocked in Heartbreaker Against Charleston Southern
Charleston Southern blocked a game-winning field goal as time expired to hand the Bryant University football team a heartbreaking 24-23 loss on Saturday afternoon at Beirne Stadium.
The Bulldogs led 23-17 with 2:16 remaining but the Buccaneers were able to score the game-winning touchdown with 58 seconds left. Bryant then drove to the CSU 14 but the Black and Gold’s field goal was blocked.
Bryant finished with 445 yards of total offense but was held to three field goals and two touchdowns on the afternoon. Zevi Eckhaus finished 21-of-35 for 301 yards, while Landon Ruggieri posted seven catches for a career-high 134 yards. Ethan Gettman finished 3-for-4 on field goals.
Joe Andreessen led a Bryant defense that allowed just 301 yards of offense with 10 tackles, including nine solo stops. J.T. Anderson intercepted his second pass of the year and Jack Daly and Kenny Dyson Jr. combined for 3.0 sacks.
Charleston Southern 24, Bryant 23
Records: Bryant (2-5, 0-2 Big South), CSU (1-5, 1-1 Big South)
Location: Beirne Stadium (Smithfield, R.I.)
CSU was able to block Bryant’s 32-yard field goal as time expired.
How it Happened
Bryant’s defense was able to hold the Buccaneers to a 46-yard field goal as Kenny Dyson Jr. picked up a sack on 3rd-and-2.
The Bulldogs then tied the game on a career-long 47-yarder from Ethan Gettman.
Bryant took the lead with another Gettman field goal, this time a 34-yarder with 6:32 left in the second quarter. The drive was set up by a pair of 18-yard runs by Ryan Clark and a 16-yard reception by Matthew Prochaska.
Jack Daly’s sack on the next CSU drive gave the Bulldogs the ball back on a three-and-out. Bryant took advantage, going 67 yards in just four plays. Eckhaus hit Fabrice Mukendi on a wheel route for a 48-yard touchdown.
The Buccaneers were able to answer, driving 79 yards in 12 plays to score with 19 seconds left in the half. A 31-yard completion put the ball on the Bryant 1 and JD Moore punched it in.
Bryant extended its lead with a score on its first drive of the third quarter. A 48-yard completion to Ruggieri pushed the ball to the CSU 23 and a pass interference call in the endzone put the ball at the CSU 2. Clark then punched it home on third down to make it 20-10.
The Buccaneers made it a three-point game with a 12-play, 73-yard drive in the third quarter. CSU completed a pair of third downs before a nine-yard touchdown pass capped the drive with 2:45 left in the third quarter.
Gettman knocked down his third field goal with 5:01 left in the game to give the Black and Gold a 23-17 lead.
Bryant got the ball back with 4:06 remaining but the Buccaneers were able to get a three-and-out.
Starting at its own 35, CSU pushed into Bryant territory but a sack by Dyson set up second and long. On third down, Seth Anderson made a 39-yard touchdown reception over the middle to give the Buccaneers the lead.
Bryant started its drive with a quick first down but a holding penalty made it 3rd-and-16 with 24 seconds to go. Eckhaus was able to find Ruggieri over the middle for a 36-yard gain, putting the ball at the CSU 17. A short completion to Frederick put the ball on the correct hash but Gettman’s game-winning attempt was blocked.
Bryant outgained Charleston Southern, 445-301.
The Bulldogs finished with 24 first downs and were 6-of-16 on third down.
Bryant rushed for 144 yards and held CSU to just 91.
Eckhaus finished 21-of-35 for 301 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 27 yards to finish with 328 yards of total offense.
Ruggieri caught seven passes for a career-high 134 yards.
Mukendi rushed for 49 yards on 14 carries and also added a 48-yard touchdown reception.
Ryan Clark rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Andreessen posted 10.0 tackles, including 9.0 solo tackles.
Joshua Earl and Ryan Saddler each finished with 6.0 tackles.
Jack Daly posted 4.0 tackles and a sack.
Kenny Dyson Jr. collected a pair of sacks.
Lake Ellis broke up three passes.
Gettman made three field goals, hitting from 47, 34 and 36.
Bryant and Charleston Southern were playing for the first time in program history.
Three of Bryant’s five losses have come on the last play of the game this year.
Gettman set a single-game program record with three field goals. He hit a career-long 47-yarder.
Andreessen posted 10.0+ tackles for the sixth time in seven games this season.
Frederick continued his rise up the record book, moving past Jean Constant and Matt Tracey into seventh place all-time with 1,359 career receiving yards.
Frederick is also second in a single season with 649 kick return yards.
Ruggieri posted his third 100-yard receiving game of the season with a career-high 134 yards.
Ruggieri is the first Bulldog with three+ 100-yard receiving games in a single season since Tom Kennedy in 2017.
Clark posted his Big South-leading seventh rushing touchdown of the season.
Eckhaus threw for 300+ yards for the fourth time this season and the seventh time in his career.
Eckhaus also became just the fifth QB in school history with 4,000+ passing yards in a career.
Dyson collected a pair of sacks and now has a team-leading 5.5 this year.
Anderson collected his second INT in as many Big South games.
Bryant will have a Bye Week next weekend before returning to the field on Oct. 29 at Gardner-Webb.