BRADFORD – The 2012 Big 30 Don Raabe Charities Classic All-Star Football Game was an offensive struggle for the Pennsylvania squad, who lost to New York 25-15 in the annual event on Saturday evening at Parkway Field in Bradford.
Pennsylvania's offense accounted for none of the team's points. Both touchdowns came on interceptions by the defense, and New York also aided their rivals by adding two points to their total with a safety in the third quarter.
In a contest where throwing the ball was favored over rushing, incomplete passes were a big factor for Pennsylvania. Kevin Lord and Ike Nearing alternated at quarterback, and between the two accounted for at least 20 incomplete passes. A downpour during player introductions also dampened the turf and may have contributed to the number of fumbles early on in the contest.
Pennsylvania won the coin toss and elected to defer, giving New York the opening possession. New York's Dalton Peterson returned the opening kickoff 40 yards to the Pennsylvania 45-yard line, and then the squad used a 15-yard pass play to continue their march toward the endzone. The drive fizzled around Pennsylvania's 23-yard line as the team came up short on fourth down, turning the ball over to Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania team fumbled the ball on the snap, and the ball was recovered by New York's Jim Agnew.
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