Guilford Defeats W&L On Last Second Touchdown Pass

Greensboro, NC -- Josh Vogelbach's 12-yard touchdown pass to Chris Barnette on fourth down with three seconds left lifted host Guilford to a 28-26 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football win over league-leading Washington and Lee Saturday. The winning score gave the Quakers (2-5, 1-2 ODAC) their first ODAC victory of the year and sent the Generals (5-2, 3-1 ODAC) to their first league loss.

Washington and Lee took the lead for the second and final time with 4:25 left in the game on Stuart Sitterson's two-yard run. The two-point conversion pass failed, but the Generals had a 26-21 edge. Guilford drove to the Washington and Lee 30-yard line on the ensuing possession before stalling on downs with 2:10 remaining.

 

A personal foul penalty against Washington and Lee on the fourth-down play backed the Generals to their own 15-yard line. Guilford used both remaining time-outs on the series as Washington and Lee tried to run out the clock. Scottie Byrd and Jay Evans sacked quarterback Greg Tweardy on third down, which led to Donnie Banks' 16-yard punt that put the Quakers at the Washington and Lee 33-yard line with 64 seconds left and no time outs.

 

Vogelbach completions to Kevin Vaughn and Micah Rushing moved Guilford to the Generals' 12-yard line with 22 seconds left. Three straight incompletions set the stage for Vogelbach's winning pass to Barnette in the middle of the end zone with three seconds remaining. Travis Frazier's point-after kick provided the final margin.

 

A touchback on the ensuing kickoff gave Washington and Lee one shot to make something happen from its own 20-yard line. The Generals completed a pass and one lateral before Guilford's Kyle Kiser and Taylor Baker tackled Colton Ward to end the game at Washington and Lee's 41-yard line.

 

On the winning score (pictured below), Vogelbach set Guilford's record for passing yards in a game and Barnette set the school mark for receiving yards in a game. Vogelbach, a redshirt-freshman transfer from East Carolina, completed 33 passes in a school-record tying 58 attempts for 406 yards, breaking his own previous mark of 395 yards set three weeks versus Greensboro College.  Barnette's 200 receiving yards breaks Junior Lord's mark of 192 set against Methodist in 1997. Rushing finished with a career-high 12 catches for 100 yards. Guilford's 58 pass attempts and 406 passing yards also set single-game team records.

 

 Washington and Lee's defense forced a season-high seven turnovers, including two fumbles that led to third-quarter touchdowns. Ward caught a career- and game-high 15 passes for 138 yards and scored on an 88-yard kickoff return to set the Generals' career mark for kickoff returns for a touchdown (3). Tweardy completed 30 of 47 passes for 294 yards and two scores, which gives him a school-record tying 16 scoring tosses this year. Both touchdown tosses went to Jack Martin, who broke Washington and Lee's mark for receiving yards in a season. With four grabs for 54 yards, the sophomore has 55 catches for 1,028 yards, breaking Craig Irons' record of 1,010 receiving yards set in 1989.

 

Washington and Lee hosts Bridgewater next Saturday (10/29) in a contest that could determine the ODAC football title. The Eagles improved to 3-0 in the league with a win over Emory & Henry today. Guilford hosts Randolph-Macon next Saturday in a 1:00 p.m. ODAC game.

 

-Photos courtesy of Jim Schlosser