St. Joe Lafayette blows past Marshall

By Ross Martin The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: August 31, 2012 - 11:04 PM

The foot still hurt, but D’Treal Stone kept the pylon in his sights.

Making his season debut, Lafayette’s senior safety outraced Marshall’s Tyler Cott to the front corner of the end zone on a first-half interception return. Stone, the former quarterback, saw his first touch of the season go for six points — a huge play that maxed out the Fighting Irish’s lead on the way a 33-14 win at Alumni Stadium.

“At first, I didn’t think I was going to make it,” said Stone, who sat out Lafayette’s Week 1 victory at Mexico and continues to feel the lingering effects of a left foot injury. “Then I saw him start to slow down, and I just tried to dive for (the pylon). Somehow I got in.”

Stone’s 40-yard return touchdown put Lafayette up 25-0 and seemingly buried Marshall mid-way through the second quarter.

Instead, the Irish’s own mistakes gave way to extending the competitive portion of the nonconference matchup. Marshall closed within 25-14 at halftime after scoring on back-to-back possessions — a pair of touchdowns in the final 1 minutes, 23 seconds of the first half.

A pair of 15-yard penalties aided the first drive, and Irish quarterback Drew Cortez threw an interception on the next play to set up the Owls’ second score.

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