LEXINGTON, Va. (10/21/06) -- The Washington and Lee defense recorded three sacks, three interceptions and broke up 13 passes en route to a 34-12 win over Guilford in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
Guilford (4-3, 1-2), which entered the game as the nation's top passing offense (370.0 ypg), was limited to just 218 passing yards and was just 3-of-15 on third-down conversions as the Generals' winning streak improved to six-straight for the first time since the 1985 season.
The Quakers began the scoring by stringing together a 13-play, 63-yard drive on the game's opening possession. Senior placekicker Travis Frazier capped things off with a 21-yard field goal with 9:47 left in the quarter.
The Generals (6-1, 4-0) responded with 1:15 left in the first quarter as freshman quarterback R.J. Varner found junior wide receiver Jack Martinwith a 29-yard scoring strike on a reverse flea-flicker. W&L extended its lead to 10-3 with 54 seconds remaining in the first half on a 25-yard field goal by senior placekicker Ben Long. Long then gave W&L a 13-3 lead with 11:54 left in the third quarter with a 43-yard field goal.
Guilford retaliated at the 3:29 mark of the third quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Josh Vogelbach to slice to a 13-10 game, but the Generals came right back with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Varner to Martin to give W&L a 20-10 lead with 1:15 remaining in the third period.
W&L upped its advantage to 27-10 with 12:06 left in the game on a screen pass from Varner to senior wide receiver Colton Ward, which Ward took 79 yards for a touchdown. An intentional safety by W&L with 5:39 left in the game cut the score to 27-12, but Generals' junior cornerback Jimmy Gift picked off Vogelbach and ran 73 yards to paydirt with 4:12 left in the game to provide the final margin.
Ward paced the Generals with 289 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. He caught five passes for 145 yards, rushed 10 times for 28 yards and returned three kickoffs for 116 yards. Varner completed 11-of-16 passes for a career-high 251 yards and three touchdowns, while Martin caught three passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Gift led the defense with eight tackles (seven solo), one interception and four pass breakups. Senior defensive end Walker Williams added five tackles, one interception and one sack.
Vogelbach completed 25-of-56 passes for a season-low 218 yards and was intercepted three times. Senior running back Micah Rushing carried nine times for 69 yards and caught 11 passes for 88 yards, while senior wide receiver Chris Barnette caught eight passes for 82 yards. Sophomore defensive lineman Mike Six led the Quakers' defense with 12 tackles and one sack.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday as it travels to Bridgewater, whil Guilford heads to Ashland, Va. to take on ODAC-foe Randolph-Macon. Both games begin at 1:00 p.m.
-Story courtesy of Washington and Lee Sports Information.