GREENSBORO, N.C. (10/24/09) – Charlie Westfal's 21-yard touchdown run with 3:39 left in regulation lifted visiting Washington and Lee University to a 28-21 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football win at Guilford College Saturday afternoon.
The teams combined for six turnovers, five of which led to touchdowns. Mike Hartford set up Washington and Lee's (3-5, 2-2 ODAC) first score with a first-quarter interception that led to Westfal's 18-yard touchdown pass to Harrison Hudson. The Generals' Rob Look recovered a muffed punt inside Guilford's 20-yard line, setting up Jonathan Clemo's two-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 halftime edge.
Guilford used turnovers of its own to force three second-half ties. Kenneth Hyman III picked off Westfal on the second-half's first play. Nine plays later, Guilford quarterback Billy Watkins scored his team-leading fifth rushing touchdown of the year from two yards out, making it a 14-7 game. The Quakers' tied the score early in the fourth quarter on Mike Williams' 27-yard touchdown run, which was set up by a Sage Luley fumble recovery at the Generals' 33-yard line.
Any momentum Guilford gained in the second half shifted when Washington and Lee's John Kavanagh returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and a 21-14 Generals' lead. The score marked Washington and Lee's 11th kickoff return for a touchdown since 2000.
After the second of Guilford's two missed field goals, Washington and Lee drove to the Quakers' 45-yard line. With Westfal in shotgun formation, Guilford junior linebacker David LaPlaca recovered the quarterback's misplay on the snap and returned the fumble 42 yards for his first college touchdown, which tied the game at 21-21 with 6:38 left.
Westfal completed nine-of-15 passes for 95 yards and a score. He also ran 10 times for 27 yards. Clemo led all rushers with 82 yards and a touchdown. Hudson finished with 81 rushing yards and added a team-high four catches for 38 yards. Look made seven tackles, including a sack, and also recovered a fumble for Washington and Lee. Gus Cavanaugh and Donavon Sawyer both made a club-high nine tackles.
Guilford's Watkins completed 29-of-43 passes for 209 yards. Justin Parker was his favorite target as the redshirt-junior made a season-high 11 grabs for 91 yards. Tyler Hasty added a personal-best nine receptions for 65 yards. Williams finished with 67 rushing yards and teammate Earl Womble added 60 yards on the ground. Richie Paul made a game- and career-high 18 tackles, the most by a Quakers' defender since Josh Clayton '00 made 20 tackles against Catholic in 1999.
The Quakers host league-rival Randolph-Macon College Saturday (10/31) at 1:00 p.m. Washington and Lee hosts Bridgewater College Saturday (10/31) in a 1:00 ODAC game.