The Hiram College football team dropped a tough 24-21 decision to Allegheny (Pa.) on Saturday afternoon at Henry Field during homecoming festivities.
The Terriers drop to 2-1 and 1-1 in the NCAC, while the Gators improve to 1-1, 1-0.
Senior quarterback Robert Partridge (Massillon/Massillon Washington) completed 19-of-33 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, junior Zachary Bennett (Newark) had 12 tackles and junior Andrew Torres (Cape Coral, Fla./Mariner) had 11 tackles. Junior Tevin Weaver (Garfield Heights) finished with nine tackles and two forced fumbles.
The Terriers jumped on the board first at the 4:19 mark of the first quarter, when Partridge found sophomore Joshua Philander (Fort Myers, Fla./South Fort Myers) in the back of the endzone to cap off a 8-play, 80-yard drive.
But the Gators answered right back, covering 81 yards on seven plays, capped off by a 2-yard run from Nigro to tie the game late in the first quarter.
Hiram took the lead back in the second quarter when freshman Brendon Carr(Wellsville/Wellsvolle Local) scored from 1-yard out.
Allegheny would respond with a 1-yard touchdown of their own to tie the game at 14-14 heading into the half.
The Gators would take the lead back with 36 seconds left in the third quarter on a 32-yard field field goal by Dylan Ukasik.
But Hiram would answer and jump back in front, with Robinson accounting for all 55 yards on three-play drive. He scampered for a 46-yard gain and scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, putting HC back in front 21-17.
Allegheny would mount a five-play, 75-yard drive to retake the lead 24-21 with just under 10 minutes to play.
The Terriers would try to retake the lead, but Partridge was intercepted and sophomore David Perkins (Santa Ana, Calif./Segerstrom) was stopped half a yard short on fourth down to give the Gators the win.
Hiram will return to action on September 27, when it continues NCAC play with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Wooster.