Greensboro, N.C. (09/01/06) – Guilford College's Josh Vogelbach threw for a school-record six touchdowns and 338 yards in the Quakers' 49-35 win over visiting Ferrum College Saturday in both teams' season opener.
Guilford (1-0) scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions to build a 35-7 halftime lead. Vogelbach completed 22 of 29 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, including two scoring strikes to Micah Rushing. The Quakers' Chris Barnette caught nine of his game-high 11 passes in the first half for 111 yards and a score.
Ferrum (0-1) scored three straight touchdowns in the second half and pulled to within 35-28 with 10:51 left in the game on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jermaine Pitts to Chris Silk. A botched punt by Guilford set up the score as punter Travis Frazier's knee hit the ground while fielding a low snap at his own 22-yard line.
The Quakers, who managed only 31 yards and three first downs in the third quarter, answered with a nine-play, 55-yard scoring drive that Vogelbach capped with his second touchdown pass of the game to Joe Joyner. Frazier's point after gave Guilford a 42-28 edge with 7:14 remaining.
Ferrum turned the ball over on downs on its ensuing possession, which let Guilford strike for the final time on a 19-yard scoring pass from Vogelbach to Rushing with 1:46 left. Vogelbach completed all three pass attempts for 46 yards on the drive.
Backup quarterback James Terrell closed out Ferrum's scoring with a one-yard keeper with 20 seconds left. He ran five times for 50 yards and completed a 15-yard pass on the drive.
Vogelbach completed 31 of 49 passes for 338 yards and an interception. His six touchdowns broke the former mark he tied five times last year and shared with Danny Strelkauskas '98. The sophomore has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last seven games, dating back to last season. Barnette, a preseason All-American, hauled in 11 Vogelbach passes for 134 yards. Joyner and Rushing finished with seven catches apiece. Sophomore Danny Langston, a converted quarterback, made a game-high 12 tackles (8 solo) in his college debut at safety.
Pitts paced Ferrum with 170 rushing yards and two scores on 21 carries. He scored on a 74-yard run in the second quarter. Kerry Dudley added 53 rushing yards on five carries and made a 13-yard reception. J.J. Jordan made a team-high nine tackles and an interception for Ferrum.
Guilford has won five games in a row, its longest winning streak since the Quakers won six straight over the 1997 and 1998 campaigns. The Quakers visit Methodist next Saturday (9/9) at 1:00 p.m. Ferrum hosts Bridgewater (Va.) Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m.