LAST WEEK'S ODAC SCORES:
Bridgewater 40, Hampden-Sydney 7
Catholic 34, Salisbury State 2
Davidson 28, Guilford 21
Randolph-Macon 30, Washington and Lee 23
Guilford 3-1, 2-0
Emory & Henry 3-1, 1-0
Catholic 3-1, 1-0
Randolph-Macon 2-2, 1-0
Bridgewater 2-2, 1-1
Washington and Lee 1-3, 1-2
Hampden-Sydney 1-3, 0-2
Time: 1:30 pm
Site: Wilson Field (7,000)
Series: W&L Leads 18-12-1
Last Meeting: 10/10/98 at DC (DC won 29-7)
First Meeting: 10/22/09 at Roanoke, Va. (W&L won 18-6)
Last W&L Win: 10/11/97 at W&L (32-22)
Last DC Win: 10/10/98 at DC (29-7)
Current Series Streak: DC +1
W&L vs. DC at W&L: 10-5-1
W&L vs. DC at DC: 6-6-0
This is the 32nd meeting between the two schools, with W&L holding an 18-12-1 advantage in the series that began during the 1909 season. W&L has won three of the last five meetings, however, Davidson won last season's contest, 29-7.
THE LAST MEETING:
(DC 29, W&L 7, October 10, 1998 - Davidson, N.C.) Washington and Lee saw its record fall to 1-4 as it dropped a 29-7 decision at Davidson College. Following a W&L turnover, the Wildcats took an early lead when running back Eric Ferguson ran two yards for a touchdown with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter to give Davidson a 7-0 lead. With 10:54 remaining in the second quarter, Davidson quarterback Tommy Dugan called his own number and ran 12 yards for a touchdown. He called his own number again on the next play to score the two-point conversion and gave the Wildcats a 15-0 lead going into halftime. Dugan scored his second touchdown of the day with 10:32 remaining in the third quarter to put Davidson up, 22-0. The Generals got on the board with 5:50 left in the third quarter when running back Marc Watson rumbled 21 yards for a score to cut the Davidson lead to 22-7. However, Davidson would dash the Generals' hopes for a comeback when Dugan threw a 27-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Roland Williams with 9:32 left, to give Davidson a 29-7 lead that stood for the rest of the game. Watson led the Generals in rushing with 84 yards on 15 attempts. Quarterback Christian Batcheller was 17-of-27 for 142 yards and two interceptions.
Davidson enters its game with W&L with a 2-3 overall record. Most recently, the Wildcats defeated Guilford, 28-21, last Saturday. Senior fullback Eric Ferguson led the Davidson offense with 133 yards and three touchdwns on 25 carries. The Wildcats outgained Guilford 392-326 while the defense recorded three sacks. On the season, Ferguson leads the team with 436 yards and six touchdowns on 83 carries. Davidson averages just 242.4 yards of total offense and has turned the ball over 17 times for the season. All but 67 of their 242.4 yards have come on the ground. Defensively, Davidson is led by sophomore linebacker Sam Fraundorf, who has 51 tackles. Junior lineman Bo Henderson isn't far behind with 45 tackles. Henderson totaled 12 tackles and a pair of sacks last season against the Generals. The Wildcats have blocked six kicks thus far on the season.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Washington and Lee football team dropped to 1-3 overall, 1-2 ODAC on the season with a 30-23 loss against the Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon. The game proved to be an offensive explosion featuring the two high powered passing attacks. For the game, the Yellow Jackets outgained the Generals by a count of 458-448. Most of the yards came through the air, as Randolph-Macon quarterback Brian Partlow shattered the ODAC record for passing yards with 405. W&L senior signal-caller Christian Batcheller finished the game completing 30 of 48 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns. The 322 passing yards for Batcheller is a new career high. He also tied the W&L school record for career touchdown passes (33). Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta opened the scoring just 1:50 into the game when he hauled in a 15 yard pass from Batcheller. Sophomore placekicker Brad Wiginton added the extra point to give the Generals a 7-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets retaliated with a 30 yard field goal by Kevin Cherwa with 1:43 left in the first quarter. Randolph-Macon tallied their first touchdown just :19 into the second quarter on an 80 yard touchdown pass from Partlow to Michael Becker. With 2:37 left in the half, Sean Eaton took a six yard pass from Partlow into the end-zone giving the Yellow Jackets a 16-7 lead. The Generals cut the score to 16-14 just before halftime when Batcheller hit Malatesta from five yards out with just :32 on the clock. W&L regained the lead at the onset of the second half when freshman tight-end Davis White took a Batcheller pass 41 yards into the endzone for a 20-16 General lead. Macon once again had the answer, this time a 19 yard pass from Partlow to Derrick Jacks with :04 left in the third. The Yellow Jackets added one more touchdown, a seven yard reception by Tom Bush, making the score 30-20 with 9:06 remaining. Junior placekicker Andy Vendig capped the scoring for W&L on a 25 yard field goal with 4:00 left in the game. Following the field goal, the Yellow Jackets were able to run out the clock for their first ODAC victory of the season. Malatesta totaled 11 receptions on the day for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman tailback Chris Sullivan led the Generals on the ground with 18 rushes for 88 yards. Sophomore defensive back Christopher Shortall had a stellar game on defense for W&L, collecting nine tackles, one interception, and one fumble recovery.
THE HEAD COACHES:
Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) is in his fifth season as the head coach at W&L and his 32nd year of coaching. He claims a 19-23-1 (.454) overall record, 2-2 against Davidson. The Wildcats are led by sixth-year head coach Tim Landis (Randolph-Macon '86). He is 27-33-1 overall at Davidson and in his career, 3-3 against W&L.
W&L has compiled a 402-450-39 (.473) all-time record. The Generals have been linked to the first intercollegiate football game played in the south, an 1873 matchup with VMI.
The Generals have recorded a sack in every game thus far for a total of 13 on the season. W&L had a total of 11 sacks all of last season. Senior defensive end Michael Moore leads the charge with 4.5 sacks, four of which came in the win over Centre.
TURNOVERS PLAY A KEY:
Turnovers played a big part in the Generals' 30-23 loss to Randolph-Macon last Saturday. W&L turned the ball over four times in the contest, twice inside Yellow Jacket territory. The Generals had just four turnovers in their first three games combined.
BATTLE OF NATIONALLY-RANKED SCHOOLS:
This week the 11th and 14th-ranked schools will do battle at Wilson Field. According to the 1999 US News and World Report rankings, Davidson is the 11th-best liberal arts school in the country, while W&L ranks 14th. The two schools rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the South.
SOMETHING TO WATCH:
In the all-time series with Davidson, W&L is 15-3 when it scores 14 or more points. In addition, 11 games in the series have been determined by seven points or less with the Generals taking six of those contests. Included in the total is one tie which occurred during the 1941 season.
MALATESTA ON A TEAR:
Senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta has been on a tear of late, totaling 17 receptions for 318 yards and two touchdowns during the last two weeks. On the season, Malatesta claims 26 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns. He had just 42 catches for 494 yards and four touchdowns all of last season. Malatesta is just 38 catches, 315 yards, and four touchdowns from breaking the W&L career marks in each category.
KUDOS TO THE O-LINE:
The Generals' offense is averaging 391.3 yards per game after four games, due in large part to the play of the offensive line. The Generals are averaging an ODAC-best 152.8 rushing yards per game and the line has allowed just three sacks on the season. The W&L record for single-season total offense is 341.5 yards per game, a record set by the 1950 squad that won the Southern Conference and played in the 1951 Gator Bowl.
Junior running back Marc Watson rushed for over 100 yards in each of the Generals' first three games and leads the ODAC with an average of 111.3 rushing yards per game. However, Watson was diagnosed with mononeucleosis and is expected to be out for the next two weeks. Filling in for Watson, freshman Chris Sullivan rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries last week against Macon.
W&L vs. NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOLS:
Overall, W&L has played 87 games against schools from the state of North Carolina and is 47-40 (.540) in those games.
Senior quarterback Christian Batcheller had a career day last week at Randolph-Macon, setting personal-bests for attempts (48), completions (30), yards (322), and total offense (341). He needs just 67 yards passing, one touchdown pass, and 83 yards of total offense against the Wildcats to break the W&L career record in each of those categories. Batcheller is also just 0.2 percentage points away from the career mark for completion percentage and 166 attempts and 78 completions from the career record in each of those categories.