ST. LOUIS, Missouri --- Washington University put together an
8-play, 67-yard drive with just three minutes remaining to knock
Wabash from the unbeaten ranks Saturday, 24-20.
The Bears led until Tyler Burke's 3-yard run with just
under five minutes to play in the game. Washington quarterback
Steve Sherman marched his teammates down field and capped the
winning drive with an 18-yard TD toss to Easton Knott.
The host Bears earned their
third win defending a flurry of Little Giant passes toward the end
zone as time expired
"It was a poor, poor
performance defensively," Coach Erik Raeburn said.
"Offensively, we're called for holding six times in the
first half. You can't make any drives when you end up with
first-and-20 all the time. We stunk it up."
The Bears failed to capitalize on a number of opportunities early
in the game and finally scored early in the second period. Wabash
evened things up with just 31 seconds to play when Derrick Yoder
took a short Chase Belton pass for 40 yards and a score.
But the next series was the one
that may have epitomized the Little Giants' bad day. With
just 13 seconds before half, Jim O'Brien took a swing pass
from Sherman, turned the corner and raced untouched for a 63-yard
score and a 14-7 halftime lead.
"That was terrible defense
to give up a score, a 60 yarder, right before halftime,"
Raeburn said. "It was a combination … we were in a bad
defensive call and poor execution."
Wabash out-rushed the Bears
141-97 while Washington notched 266 yards passing to the Little
One of the bright spots was
Derrick Yoder's big offensive day. The senior back rushed 16
times for 71 yards. He caught three passes for 44 yards and two
Burke and starting quarterback
Chase Belton rushed for 35 and 24 yards. Belton, who went out at
halftime with an undisclosed injury, threw 9-of-12 for 85 yards.
Burke hit on 11-of-19 throws for 135 yards.
C.J. Gum again led the defense
with 12 stops and a quarterback sack. Jake Martin added nine
tackles. Bear standout Nick Hilliard had 15 stops, three for loss
to lead Washington.
The last Wabash regular season,
non-conference loss that didn't occur in the Bell Game was to
Franklin College in 2006.
The Little Giants return home
next week for a Fall Break meeting with Oberlin.