ORANGE, Calif. – A close game broke open late in the third quarter as the Chapman University football team fell 31-13 at Redlands on Saturday. Junior Joe Mudie ran for over 100 yards for the second time this season while senior Devin Ray led the defense with 12 tackles.
Chapman (2-3, 1-2 SCIAC) trailed by just a point after junior Lucas Alfonso's 40-yard field goal made it 14-13 in the third quarter. Alfonso's second field goal of the game capped Chapman's first drive of the second half. However, the Bulldogs (4-1, 3-0 SCIAC) went on to score the final 17 points of the game to pull out the win.
The Panthers went up early with Alfonso's first field goal from 28 yards out. Chapman's first drive lasted 12 plays and chewed up 6:22 off the clock with the Panthers taking a 3-0 lead. Redlands' next drive ended with the game's first touchdown and needed just six plays to get to the goal line. Kyle Kabeary scored from four yards out to put the Bulldogs in front.
After trading punts, the Panthers found their way into the end zone with a steady diet of the run game. Mudie had runs of 18 and 12 yards to help the drive keep moving but sophomore Brandon Medina covered the last nine yards of the drive, capped by a seven-yard TD run that gave the Panthers a 10-7 lead in the second quarter.
Redlands responded immediately as Devin Appleton opened the next drive with a big play and capped the drive with a four-yard TD run. The Bulldogs took the 14-10 lead into halftime.
After Alfonso's field goal brought the Panthers within one, Redlands responded with a field goal of its own to put the lead back at four. A pair of touchdown runs from Alex Andrighetto (one in the third, one in the fourth) sealed the game for Redlands.
The Bulldogs outgained the Panthers 420-209 on the night as neither team turned the ball over. Chapman ran for 129 yards as a team with Mudie taking the ball out of the backfield 20 times for 104 yards. He also caught four passes for 17 yards.
Both teams kept the ball on the ground for the majority of the night as Redlands threw for 127 yards and Chapman threw for 80.
The Panthers are back at home next week for a 7 p.m. kickoff against defending SCIAC champions La Verne.
by Steven Olveda
Sports Information Director