Shenandoah Finishes With Win
WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University football team completed its 2013 season Saturday afternoon with a 21-14 overtime victory over Washington & Lee before 2134 Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium fans.
The win gives SU (4-6, 3-4 ODAC) a three-game improvement over last year and ties the squad with W&L (5-5, 3-4) for fourth in the ODAC race.
The Hornets got the win in the extra session by combining a 22-yard Drew Ferguson to David Bell TD strike along with a Tijun Findley forced fumble on the Generals only possession of the OT.
Findley ended the game as W&L quarterback Charlie Nelson scampered for an 11-yard gain on 2nd and 11 only to see Findley catch him from behind and knock the ball out as he went down.
Shenandoah pounced on the loose ball, giving the Hornets their third-ever overtime in win program history.
The OT win is the first for the program since a 27-24 win at Ferrum during the 2004 season.
SU had lost four overtime games in that span, including two to CNU in 2009 and 2011, one to Methodist in 2009 and to Catholic in the 2008 season opener.
That last game, a 23-20 loss, was the only overtime contest played at Shentel prior to today's contest.
Washington & Lee had a chance to win it in regulation as it took advantage of a short field caused by a failed Shenandoah fake punt to drive 28 yards in seven plays to set up a 23-yard Matt Underhill field goal attempt with just over a minute to play.
Fortunately for the SU faithful, sophomore cornerback Bayvon Young came off the right edge to block Underhill's attempt and keep the hosts in it.
For Young, it is his third blocked placekick of the season.
Shenandoah basically ran out the clock in regulation, gaining one first down, before electing to play for the OT.
Ferguson's TD strike, in which he pump faked to free Bell, came on a 2nd and 7 from the Generals 22.
The game started with fireworks, as W&L drove 61 yards in 10 plays on the opening drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead.
That lead lasted just 18 seconds.
On 2nd and 10 from their own 30, Hornets quarterback Justin Neff hit Cedrick Delaney with a bubble screen and the freshman did the rest, streaking past the entire Generals defense for the game-tying score.
These would be the only two scores of the first half.
Washington and Lee went back up on a Mitchell Hollerith 1-yard run at the 7:02 mark of the third before Andrew Smith scored from the same distance out for the hosts with 11:21 to play in the fourth.
Smith's run capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive.
Both teams missed a pair of field goals in regulation, the Hornets from 37 and 28 yards, W&L from 30 and 23.
Washington and Lee outgained SU 300-292, including 294 to 118 on the ground.
Shenandoah forced a pair of Generals fumbles and the two teams combined to commit just four penalties.
W&L possessed the ball for 33:58 of regulation.