September 29, 2012

Bearcats Rally from 10-Point Deficit to Edge Past Sewanee, 28-24

More news about: Willamette

SEWANEE, Tenn. -- Willamette University rallied from a 24-14 deficit in the third quarter to defeat Sewanee: University of the South, 28-24, on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Willamette remained undefeated at 4-0 on the season. Mike Hernandez (Jr., RB) scored the go-ahead touchdown with 6:03 left on a 4-yard pass from quarterback Josh Dean (Jr.).

WU secured the win two Sewanee possessions later by stopping the Tigers on downs at the Willamette 20 with less than 30 seconds left. Sewanee fell to 2-3.

The game featured two of the top offensive teams in NCAA Division III. Willamette entered the game ranked #1 in the nation in passing yards (407.0 avg.), while Sewanee was fifth in rushing yards (334.2 avg.).

Both teams fell a bit short of their season averages but still amassed impressive totals, as Willamette passed for 356 yards and Sewanee rushed for 297 yards.

Willamette had a chance to score first when the Bearcats drove 66-yards on 13 plays to begin the game, but Kyle Derby (Jr., PK/P) missed on an 18-yard field goal with 10:12 left in the opening quarter.

Later in the first quarter, Sewanee took a 7-0 lead. The Tigers started at the WU 43 following a short punt. Four plays later, Curtis Johnson crossed the goal line on a 22-yard run. Garrett Schlosser kicked the extra point with 3:56 on the clock.

The Bearcats responded with a 12-play, 81-yard drive that ended with Dean hitting Jake Knecht (Sr., WR) on a 14-yard touchdown pass with six seconds left in the quarter. Derby kicked the PAT to tie the game.

On Sewanee's second possession of the second quarter, the Tigers went 41 yards on six plays. Cody Daniel rushed 1 yard for the touchdown, giving Sewanee a 14-7 lead.

Willamette tied the game for the second time when Knecht caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Dean with 1:22 left in the first half. Derby kicked the extra point.

Sewanee took over at its own 34 following the kickoff return. The Tigers advanced the ball to the WU 29 over the next six plays to set up a 46-yard field goal by Schlosser with two seconds remaining in the second quarter, giving Sewanee a 17-14 halftime advantage.

The Tigers received the ball to start the second half and responded with a time-consuming drive of 17 plays and 78 yards. The drive featured just one play of more than 10 yards -- a 14-yard run by Sergio Acosta. The Tigers completed the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Daniel after keeping the ball for 8:33.

Trailing 24-14, the Bearcats countered with a much quicker -- but equally effective -- offensive drive. Willamette covered 68 yards in just four plays. Even so, the Bearcats faced 3rd-and-16 at the WU 25 after Dean was sacked for a 9-yard loss. On third down, Dean threw a 16-yard pass to Jake Turner (Sr., WR).

Willamette kept its offense on the field for 4th-and-1 at its own 41. Dean faked a handoff before throwing a pass down the middle to Benny Weischedel (Sr., TE). Weischedel caught the ball about 25 yards upfield, and then fended off a couple of possible tacklers on his way to the end zone.

Sewanee reached the WU 39 on the next drive, but fumbled and recovered for no gain on 3rd-and-1. On 4th-and-1, Daniel was stopped for a two-yard loss.

Neither team scored on their next four tries. Two of the drives ended in interceptions as De'Nard Ford of Sewanee intercepted a pass by Dean and Cody Pastorino (Sr., S) picked off a pass by Daniel.

The Bearcats gained control for the go-ahead touchdown drive with 9:29 left. Ten plays and 73 yards later, Willamette had its first lead of the game at 28-24. A key play came on 3rd-and-9 at the Sewanee 19, when Dean threw a 15-yard pass to Derek Traeger (So., WR).

Dean's completion to Traeger put the ball at the 4-yard line. On the next snap, Dean threw a pass to Hernandez who fell on the goal line after hauling in the catch. Derby kicked the PAT with 6:03 remaining.

Sewanee countered by driving from its own 17 to the WU 38. The Tigers, however, fumbled on 3rd-and-1. Pierce McGrady recovered the ball for Sewanee, but the result left the Tigers with 4th-and-13. Boudreaux punted 48 yards to the WU 2.

After gaining seven yards on two running plays, Dean was sacked just in front of the goal line on third down. Derby contributed a 46-yard punt, but Quentin Jones returned the ball 24 yards, giving Sewanee possession at the Willamette 23 with 1:12 left.

On the first two plays, Daniel threw an incomplete pass and Jase Brooks was stopped for no gain by Pastorino. On third down, Devante Jones ran for three yards.

Sewanee faced 4th-and-7. On the play, Daniel's arm was hit as he released the ball by Ben Lyons (Sr., DE). The pass sailed over Brooks, who was the intended receiver several yards upfield in the right flat. WU took over on downs with seven seconds left.

Dean completed 28 of 38 passes for all 356 of Willamette's passing yards and four touchdowns. He has tossed 18 touchdown passes in WU's first four games. Turner caught six of the passes for 87 yards, while Knecht grabbed 5 passes for 81 yards and Weischedel caught 4 for 81.

Acosta topped the Sewanee rushing attack with 14 carries for 69 yards. Johnson gained 54 yards on 11 carries and Daniel earned 49 yards on 19 carries. Daniel was 2 of 5 passing for 14 yards and Johnson completed 1 of 2 passes for 33 yards.

Senior inside linebacker Wes Wenzel of Willamette led the Bearcat defense with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops. J.D. Crabtree (Sr., DB) of Sewanee finished the game with 10 total tackles.

The Bearcats will open Northwest Conference play next Saturday (Oct. 6) when they take on Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Kickoff at the Pine Bowl is set for 1 p.m. (PDT).

Sep. 30: All times Eastern
Final
Randolph-Macon 24, at Shenandoah 19
Box Score Photos
Final
at Washington and Lee 49, Emory and Henry 23
Box Score
Oct. 1: All times Eastern
Final
Massachusetts Maritime 30, at Fitchburg State 0
Box Score
Final
Becker 42, at Gallaudet 18
Box Score
Final
at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
Final
RPI 51, at Rochester 13
Box Score
Final
Endicott 21, at MIT 9
Box Score
Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
Box Score
1:00 PM
Montclair State at William Paterson
Live Stats Audio
4th - 04:53
6 Hamilton
34 Wesleyan
Video Preview Preview Live Stats
4th - 03:31
7 Bates
12 Tufts
Video Preview Live Stats
Halftime
31 Wabash
14 Hiram
Video Live Stats
4th - 07:19
35 Middlebury
7 Colby
Video Live Stats
13:55 - 4th
31 Amherst
3 Bowdoin
Video Preview Live Stats
4th - 15:00
17 Frostburg State
18 Kean
Video Live Stats
4th - 14:54
21 Kenyon
41 DePauw
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Greensboro
Video Preview Live Stats
1:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Methodist
Video Live Stats
HALF
19 FDU-Florham
14 Wilkes
Video Live Stats
3rd - 00:12
7 Anna Maria
23 Castleton
Video Preview Live Stats Tickets
4th - 14:55
24 Moravian
23 Ursinus
Video Preview Live Stats
HALF
38 Stevenson
0 Misericordia
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
9:45 left 4th Quarter
14 Springfield
28 St. Lawrence
Video Live Stats Audio
HALF
28 Thomas More
15 Westminster (Pa.)
Video Live Stats Audio
3rd - 00:39
42 Alma
26 Kalamazoo
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
9:00, 4th Q
13 Franklin and Marshall
10 Dickinson
Video Preview Live Stats
3rd - 03:25
49 Wesley
9 Southern Virginia
Video Preview Preview Live Stats Audio
4th - 08:36
21 Adrian
14 Albion
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
4th - 11:45
33 Husson
5 SUNY-Maritime
Video Live Stats
4th - 08:06
24 Apprentice
8 Alfred State
Video Preview Live Stats
4th - 03:26
6 TCNJ
41 Salisbury
Video Live Stats Audio
HALF
17 Buffalo State
14 St. John Fisher
Video Live Stats Audio
9:56 3rd
40 Salve Regina
7 Curry
Video Preview Live Stats
5:00 3rd
20 McDaniel
24 Gettysburg
Video Preview Preview Live Stats
HALF
21 Delaware Valley
0 Lebanon Valley
Video Live Stats
1:06 3rd
7 Ohio Wesleyan
21 Denison
Video Preview Live Stats
4:04 | 4th
14 Utica
23 Ithaca
Live Stats
4th - 06:09
49 Alfred
21 Morrisville State
Video Live Stats
10:01 3rd
29 Western New England
14 Nichols
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
King's at Albright
Video Live Stats
4th - 12:28
0 Catholic
59 Guilford
Video Live Stats
3rd - 11:28
21 Muhlenberg
23 Susquehanna
Video Live Stats Audio
3rd - 01:18
28 Huntingdon
38 N.C. Wesleyan
Video Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at MacMurray
4th - 13:25
31 Birmingham-Southern
24 Chicago
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Crown
Video Live Stats
1:30 PM
Oberlin at Allegheny
Video Live Stats Audio
3rd - 02:55
7 Mount Ida
14 Norwich
Video Live Stats
3rd - 05:24
38 Trinity (Conn.)
6 Williams
Video Preview Live Stats
Halftime
35 Baldwin Wallace
35 Marietta
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
4th - 14:54
10 Muskingum
12 Heidelberg
Video Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
Start of 4th
14 Union
14 WPI
Video Live Stats
3rd - 14:58
16 Maine Maritime
29 Coast Guard
Video Preview Live Stats
3rd - 06:27
39 John Carroll
0 Wilmington
Video Live Stats Audio
3rd Quarter - 09:14
35 Mount Union
7 Ohio Northern
Video Preview Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
3rd - 14:52
27 Franklin
7 Manchester
Preview Live Stats
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Hanover
Video Live Stats
1:30 PM
Widener at Lycoming
Video Live Stats Audio
3rd - 14:52
39 Defiance
14 Earlham
Video Preview Live Stats
2nd - 04:14
7 Concordia-Chicago
12 Trine
Video Live Stats Audio
4:20, 1st
6 Capital
7 Otterbein
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Plymouth State at Westfield State
Video Live Stats
End of 2nd
31 Wittenberg
0 Wooster
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
End of 2nd
7 Anderson
27 Rose-Hulman
Video Video Preview Preview Live Stats
End of 2nd
13 Hampden-Sydney
31 Bridgewater
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Waynesburg at Grove City
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Cortland at Hartwick
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Centre at Hendrix
Video Preview Live Stats
End of 2nd
20 Eureka
6 Greenville
Video Live Stats
Halftime
7 Northwestern (Minn.)
5 Iowa Wesleyan
Video Live Stats
2nd Qtr - :12 left
7 Concordia (Wis.)
8 Lakeland
Video Live Stats
2nd - 00:15
15 Rockford
30 Benedictine
Video Live Stats
End of 2nd
21 Aurora
7 Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Preview Live Stats
2:00 PM
Nebraska Wesleyan at Luther
Video Live Stats
2nd - 00:30
20 Rhodes
7 Sewanee
Video Preview Live Stats
14:37 - 2nd
7 Lake Forest
28 St. Norbert
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Gustavus Adolphus
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
2nd - 00:09
21 Hamline
16 Carleton
Video Live Stats Audio
HALFTIME
28 St. John's
7 Bethel
Video Live Stats Audio
2nd - 03:25
17 UW-Whitewater
7 UW-Platteville
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
Start of 3rd
6 Buena Vista
10 Loras
Video Live Stats
Start of 3rd
21 Sul Ross State
26 Hardin-Simmons
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at UW-Eau Claire
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lawrence
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
Video Live Stats Audio
HALF
10 Wartburg
17 Coe
Video Live Stats
15:00 2nd Q
14 Dubuque
7 Central
Video Live Stats Audio
HALF
17 Wheaton (Ill.)
24 Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live Stats
HALF
3 McMurry
24 Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Augustana
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Macalester at Ripon
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Grinnell at Illinois College
Video Live Stats
HALF
7 Howard Payne
14 Louisiana College
Audio
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at UW-La Crosse
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
Video Live Stats
2nd - 00:38
7 Augsburg
27 St. Thomas
Video Live Stats
3:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Thiel
Video Live Stats
3:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Morthland
Video
3:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Martin Luther
Video Live Stats
3:00 PM
Carthage at Carroll
Video Live Stats
3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
Video Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Willamette at Puget Sound
Video Video Preview Live Stats Audio
4:00 PM
Whittier at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
Pacific at Pacific Lutheran
Video Preview Preview Live Stats Live Stats
4:30 PM
Lewis and Clark at Linfield
Video Live Stats Audio
5:00 PM
Framingham State at Mass-Dartmouth
Video Live Stats
5:00 PM
Averett at LaGrange
Live Stats Audio
5:00 PM
Whitworth at George Fox
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Olivet at Hope
Video Preview Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
6:00 PM
Bethany at Carnegie Mellon
Video Preview Preview Preview Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
St. Vincent at Case Western Reserve
Video Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Rowan
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
6:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Berry at Washington U.
Video Video Preview Preview Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
North Park at Millikin
Video Live Stats
10:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at Chapman
Video Preview Live Stats Live Stats Tickets
10:00 PM
La Verne at Cal Lutheran
Video Preview Live Stats
10:00 PM
Occidental at Redlands
Video Live Stats Audio
Oct. 1: All times Eastern
Final
at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
Box Score
4th - 02:39
6 TCNJ
41 Salisbury
Video Live Stats Audio
HALF
28 Thomas More
15 Westminster (Pa.)
Video Live Stats Audio
Halftime
31 Wabash
14 Hiram
Video Live Stats
HALF
17 Buffalo State
14 St. John Fisher
Video Live Stats Audio
HALF
38 Stevenson
0 Misericordia
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
9:45 left 4th Quarter
14 Springfield
28 St. Lawrence
Video Live Stats Audio
3rd - 01:18
28 Huntingdon
38 N.C. Wesleyan
Video Video Live Stats
3rd Quarter - 09:14
35 Mount Union
7 Ohio Northern
Video Preview Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
3rd - 14:52
27 Franklin
7 Manchester
Preview Live Stats
End of 2nd
31 Wittenberg
0 Wooster
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
HALF
17 Wheaton (Ill.)
24 Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live Stats
2nd - 03:25
17 UW-Whitewater
7 UW-Platteville
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
HALFTIME
28 St. John's
7 Bethel
Video Live Stats Audio
HALF
3 McMurry
24 Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live Stats Audio
Start of 3rd
21 Sul Ross State
26 Hardin-Simmons
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
Video Live Stats
15:00 2nd Q
14 Dubuque
7 Central
Video Live Stats Audio
2nd - 00:31
7 Augsburg
27 St. Thomas
Video Live Stats
3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
Video Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
4:30 PM
Lewis and Clark at Linfield
Video Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Rowan
Video Live Stats Audio Audio