Mercyhurst College has now lost its last four games after falling in overtime, 32-26, at California (Pa.) today.
In a game that had missed PATs, blocked kicks, the biggest play seems to have happened in overtime when Mercyhurst third-year sophomore quarterback Anthony Vendemia threw an interception in the end zone on a 1st-and-10 play from the Cal 10-yard line.
Cal (6-2, 4-1) took possession and scored as Jeff Knox punched it in from four yards out. The Vulcans can still win the PSAC West if they beat IUP and Edinboro and Slippery Rock losses its last two games.
Slippery Rock (7-1, 5-0) plays Mercyhurst at home next week and ends PSAC West play at Gannon, which lost by 28 points at IUP today.
Cal has the tougher road, but if Slippery Rock loses next week to the Lakers, that puts a lot of pressure on the Rock to win that last one at Gannon.
As for Mercyhurst (3-5, 1-4), it’s gone from bad to worse.
In their five losses, the Lakers have blown leads. Today, they were up 13-7 at the half and 26-20 in the fourth quarter.
On top of that, Mercyhurst, the 2010 PSAC champions, are playing its last four games on the road. After playing at Slippery Rock next week, the Lakers are at Clarion on Nov. 5 and at PSAC East foe Shippensburg on Nov. 12.