Saturday, October 19, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College football team lost, 38-6, to Washington & Jefferson on Saturday night under the lights of Harold Burry Stadium. The Titans dropped to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, while the Presidents improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
Titan senior Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, PA / Cumberland Valley) had a career-day with career-highs 11 receptions and 175 yards to go along with a score.
The Presidents got excellent field position for their first drive of the game courtesy of a 60-yard kickoff return to Westminster's 24-yard line. After a fourth-and-eight conversion earlier in the drive, W&J scored seven plays later off a five-yard touchdown pass from Matt Bliss to Dion Wiegand and led 7-0 with 12:17 on the clock.
With just under five minutes remaining in the first quarter W&J was threatening to add to its lead, however on third-and-four on Westminster's 26-yard line, junior Dave Buzzacco (Canfield, OH / South Range) recovered a W&J fumble on the Titans' 31-yard line.
The Presidents took a 10-0 lead with a 21-yard field goal after a 13-play, 52-yard drive with 13:56 remaining in the first half. W&J was looking to add to its lead with just under six minutes on the clock however a Titan defensive stand, led by junior Chuck Sayre (Warren, OH / Howland) and senior Nate Moot (Johnstown, PA / Bishop McCort), halted a 11-play, 82-yard drive on fourth-and-two on Westminster's seven-yard line. After a three-and-out on the Titans' ensuing drive, the Presidents' went in front 17-0 after a 4-play, 35-yard drive which was capped off with a 1-yard run by Ryan Ruffing.
On Westminster's next possession, the Titans drove into W&J's territory for the first time of the game after a 30-yard pass from senior Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek) to Wallace. The Titans, however, were unable to put any points on the board after an unsuccessful fourth-down attempt on fourth-and-six four plays later. W&J capitalized with another touchdown paced by a 62-yard touchdown pass from Bliss to Dan Lucas with less than a minute remaining before intermission.
The Titans scored its only points of the game in their second drive of the third quarter after a 37-yard touchdown-pass from Britt to Wallace, capping off a three-play, 67-yard drive with 10:43 on the clock. After an unsuccessful two-point attempt, W&J led 24-6.
Bliss gave the Presidents a 38-6 lead with two more touchdown passes in the third quarter.
Westminster had a chance to cut into W&J's lead in its first possession of the fourth quarter, however its 13-play 79-yard drive that took six minutes from the clock yielded zero points after an incompletion on fourth-and-two from W&J's four-yard line.
The Presidents outgained the titans 490 to 299, including a 197-52 advantage in rushing yards.
Britt went 22-for-38 through the air with 247 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown. Britt also led the Titans in rushing with 25 yards off 11 carries. W&J's Bliss was 17-for-28 for 264 yards and four touchdowns. Washington & Jefferson's Alex Baroffion led the team with eight catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while Dion Wiegand led in the backfield with 157 yards off 30 carries.
Moot had a team-high 11 tackles for the Titans, junior Blake Otterson (Austintown, OH / Austintown Fitch) made the most of his first collegiate start with nine tackles, including a tackle for a loss.
Westminster will travel to Bethany next Saturday with a kickoff time of 1 p.m.
Westminster-Washington & Jefferson highlights courtesy of Corey Benedict ‘14, Scott Hanicak ‘14, and Amanda Sloan ‘16:
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.