Sunday, November 10, 2013
GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Westminster College football team (3-6, 2-5 PAC) lost, 45-37, in quadruple overtime at Thiel Saturday night. Titan senior wide receiver Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, PA / Cumberland Valley) broke three school records, while classmate quarterback Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek) etched his name in the school and in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) record books after a career-day rushing.
Thiel (3-6, 3-4 PAC), down 21-14 with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, had the ball fourth-and-10 from its own 23-yard line. The Tomcats' desperation pass went 77 yards for a touchdown as quarterback Andrew Smith found Tim Walker wide open, the longest play from scrimmage that the Titan defense has allowed all season. Thiel knotted the game at 21-21 after an extra point from Jon Fennick with 1:18 on the clock.
Both teams scored on their first possession in the first overtime. Britt scored off a 1-yard run and Thiel's Andrew Smith matched it with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Berend Grube.
In the second overtime, Westminster's defense forced Thiel to kick a field goal. A 39-yard field goal off the foot of Fennick gave the Tomcats a 31-28 lead. On its next possession, Westminster had the ball third-and-goal at Thiel's seven-yard line, but the Tomcat's Rob Edwards broke up Britt's pass as he was trying to find Wallace in the back of the end zone. The Titans tied the game, 31-31, after a 24-yard field goal from freshman Justin Dahl (Cochranton, PA / Maplewood).
The game was tied 37-37 after the third overtime as both teams scored, but were unable to convert on the mandatory two-point conversion. Britt scored the Titan touchdown off a nine-yard scramble and Thiel's Andrew Smith found Matt Fedzen for a 20-yard touchdown on fourth-and-five.
The Tomcats got the ball first in the fourth overtime and took a 45-37 lead after a 7-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Josh Potter and a two-point conversion pass from Smith to Fedzen.
Westminster had its turn and was set back third-and-long after a fumble and a loss of seven yards on second down. Two Titan incompletions ended the game.
In the beginning of the game, Thiel scored first in its opening play from scrimmage with a 51-yard run from Ryan Radke. A successful extra point from Fennick gave the Tomcats an early 7-0 lead with 14:40 on the clock.
Westminster answered later in the first quarter after Britt scored on a run from three yards out. The play was set up from a 27-yard reception from Wallace. After Dahl kicked the extra point, the score was tied, 7-7, with 3:58 remaining in the first quarter.
Westminster took the lead midway through the second quarter after Britt scored his second touchdown of the game off a 20-yard run. The Titans led, 14-7, after an extra point from Dahl with 6:43 on the clock.
The Tomcats responded on their ensuing possession with a 15-play, 77-yard drive which was capped off with a two-yard touchdown run from Rich Kolsar. Fennick's extra point tied the game at 14-14 with 14:56 remaining in regulation.
The Titans countered on their next possession and regained the lead, 21-14, after a 10-yard touchdown catch from Wallace and an extra point from Dahl with 8:17 on the clock.
Wallace's game-highs of eight receptions and 93 yards moved him to first for most career receiving yards (2146), most career receptions (145), and most yards in a single season (984) in school history.
Britt set a school and a PAC record with a game- and career-high 245 yards rushing, for the most yards on the ground by a quarterback in a game. He also tied a school record for most rushing touchdowns in a game with four. Britt was only nine yards away from tying a school record for most rushing yards in a single game for any position.
Junior Rich Ellebie (Farrell, PA / Kennedy Christian) and sophomore Joe Glennon (Johnstown, PA / Westmont Hilltop) led Westminster with 10 tackles each, a career-high for both Titans.
Westminster will host Geneva next Saturday at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.