Greensboro, N.C. (9/15/07) -- Redshirt-junior quarterback Josh Vogelbach passed for 360 yards and seven touchdowns in Guilford College's 47-13 nonconference football win over Averett University Saturday night. The Quakers improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1999 by winning their home opener. Averett, which won the previous three meetings between the two schools, slips to 0-2.
The contest marked the first night game in Guilford's Armfield Athletic Center and the first evening football contest on Guilford's campus in 101 football seasons.
The Quakers scored touchdowns on four of their first six possessions and opened a 26-7 halftime lead. Vogelbach completed three scoring passes to senior wideout Joe Joyner for the third straight week, including a 63-yarder with 41 seconds left before halftime. The score came 19 seconds after Averett got on the board on a 28-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Shan Fairbanks to junior receiver Antonio Hammond.
Hammond returned the second-half kickoff 58 yards, but Guilford held Averett without a first down and forced a 39-yard field goal attempt by junior kicker Chris Ashcraft that missed left. The Quakers scored on their next three possessions, including a 34-yard pass from Vogelbach to sophomore receiver Hagen Miller one play after Guilford got the ball after a failed fake Averett punt from the Cougars' 32-yard line.
Vogelbach eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark for the 15th time in his 23-game career and missed his Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) mark for passing scores in a game by one. He did break the ODAC's career pass completions record with a short pass to Miller midway through the second quarter and became Guilford's first quarterback to exceed 8,000 career passing yards. In his two-plus seasons, Vogelbach has 88 touchdown passes (19 this season), three shy of Hampden-Sydney's J.D. Ricca's league standard of 91. For his career, he has completed 681 of 1,141 passes for 8,131 yards.
Miller caught a game-high nine balls for 91 yards and a score. Sophomore receiver Chad Kastor had seven receptions for 88 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Joyner finished with six catches for 126 yards and junior receiver Kevin Vaughn added four grabs for 67 yards and two scores. Sophomore reserve Matt Eiland's career-high 59 rushing yards led three Quakers' running backs with at least 45 yards in the game.
The Cougars averaged just under 240 rushing yards per game in the three previous contests with Guilford, but managed only 75 net yards on the ground tonight. Guilford junior linebacker Nate Hummel made a team-high 10 tackles, including two-and-a-half stops behind the line. Junior safety Danny Langston and sophomore linebacker Richard Paul had eight stops apiece. Rookie cornerback Adam Irving made two second-half interceptions in his first college start, which helped Guilford win the turnover battle with the Cougars for the first time.
Averett's Fairbanks completed 22-of-38 passes for 303 yards and two scores. Hammond made seven catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Mark Williams caught five passes for 83 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Reserve quarterback Jeremy Dixon led all ground gainers with 68 yards on 12 carries, including 66 fourth-quarter yards. Senior defensive back Chris Pearce had a game-high 11 tackles. Junior Andre Garvin recorded both Averett sacks.
The Quakers seek their first 4-0 start since 1994 next Saturday when they host Hampden-Sydney College at 7:00 p.m. in the ODAC lid-lifter for both teams. Averett meets Washington and Lee University next Saturday (9/22) in Salem, Va., in a game to benefit Habitat for Humanity.