From Whittier College sports infomation director Travis Peters:
EL PASO, Texas – Sophomore quarterback Alesana Sausau and senior running back Paul Schilling combined for 347 yards and four touchdowns as they led the Whittier College football team to a 31-28 come-from-behind victory over Sul Ross State Saturday morning at the Socorro Athletic Complex.
Schilling filled in mightily for graduated running back Anthony Pomponio as he carried 20 times for 117 yards, including three touchdowns on runs of 1, 6 and 7 yards, and averraged 5.9 yards per carry.
Sausau added 13 rushes for 92 yards and a score and sophomore Rodrigo Muratalla pitched in with 11 carries for 44 yards.
Whittier totaled 310 yards rushing, and converted on three of four fourth downs, the biggest on fourth-and-two with 4:55 to play in the third.
Schilling punched it in from 6 yards out to cap a 14-play, 75-yard drive that ate up over 10 minutes to open the third quarter. The score gave Whittier a 24-21 lead.
After Sul Ross State (0-2) and Whittier traded punts on their ensuing possession the Lobos reclaimed the lead, 28-24, on a Laurence Smith 35-yard run. The drive took a mere 1:06 and lasted just two plays.
Whittier got the ball back with 13:09 left in the game and needed only six plays to score the eventual game winning touchdown.
Freshman Daniel Enriquez (Whittier HS) carried the ball on consecutive plays for 14 and 5 yards, and freshman Marcus Langkilde hauled in a 40-yard pass to set up Schilling’s third score of the game. The six-play, 66-yard drive ate up just 2:07 but gave the Poets a 31-28 advantage.
Junior Josh Lomeli (La Mirada) then sealed the win with an interception on Sul Ross’ final drive.