LAST WEEK'S ODAC SCORES:
Bridgewater 41, Guilford 14
Catholic 49, Methodist 21
Randolph-Macon 36, Emory & Henry 23
W&L 24, Hampden-Sydney 12
Catholic 5-1, 2-0
Emory & Henry 4-2, 2-1
Randolph-Macon 3-3, 2-1
Bridgewater 3-3, 2-1
Guilford 3-3, 2-1
Washington and Lee 2-4, 2-2
Hampden-Sydney 1-5, 0-4
Time: 1:30 pm CST
Site: McGee Field (3,500)
Series: W&L Leads 27-21
Last Meeting: 10/24/98 at W&L (W&L won 23-21)
First Meeting: 1892 (Sewanee won 22-16)
Last W&L Win: 10/24/98 at W&L (23-21)
Last Sewanee Win: 10/25/97 at Sewanee (48-14)
Current Series Streak: W&L +1
W&L vs. Sewanee at W&L: 20-5
W&L vs. Sewanee at Sewanee: 7-16
THE LAST MEETING:
(W&L 23, Sewanee 21, October 24, 1998 - Lexington, Va.) Washington and Lee freshman kicker Brad Wiginton kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to lead the Generals past Sewanee 23-21. The Generals rallied from a 14-point deficit with under five minutes to play. Trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter, quarterback Christian Batcheller hit wide receiver Chas Chastain on a 44-yard pass play to the Sewanee one-yard line on a fourth-and-14 play. Fullback Scott Moses scored on a one-yard run on the next play to cut the Sewanee lead to 21-14 with 4:56 remaining. W&L's defense then held and the Generals drove 70 yards in just 50 seconds, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run by tailback Marc Watson with 51 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 21-20. The Generals attempted a two-point conversion, but Batcheller's pass was incomplete. W&L then tried an onsides kick and Tom Monaco recovered Andy Vendig's kick at the W&L 48-yard line. W&L drove into Sewanee territory, but was faced with fourth-and-five at the 34-yard line before Batcheller connected with tight end Scott Humphreys on a nine-yard completion with 11 seconds remaining and W&L then rushed on the field goal unit and Wiginton connected on the game-winner, his first collegiate field goal attempt. Sewanee piled up 375 rushing yards, led by quarterback Max Fuller with 198 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Running back Brian Morrison added 60 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Tigers completed just one pass for eight yards in the contest. Batcheller completed 17-of-37 passes for 219 yards in the game, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver J.T. Malatesta in the second quarter. Batcheller threw for 148 of his yards in the fourth quarter.
This is the 49th meeting between the two schools, with W&L holding a 27-21 advantage in the series that began during the 1892 season. W&L has won four of the last five meetings, including a 23-21 come-from-behind win last season in Lexington, Va. Sewanee won the last meeting in Sewanee, Tenn., 48-14.
The Tigers enter their game with W&L with a 4-2 overall record, 3-1 in the SCAC. Most recently, Sewanee was defeated by Rhodes, 23-21. The Tigers held a 21-20 lead until just over a minute remained as Rhodes kicked a 21-yard field goal for the win. Sewanee racked-up 299 rushing yards led by quarterback Max Fuller, who rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Brian Morrison rushed for 120 yards and another touchdown. The Tigers attempted just three passes, completing one for six yards. On the season, Sewanee is averaging 268.0 yards rushing and just 50.2 yards passing per game. Morrison leads the rushing attack with 465 yards and three touchdowns on 78 carries. Fuller claims 347 yards and seven touchdowns on 110 attempts and Devin DeLaughter has amassed 328 yards and three touchdowns on 63 carries. Through the air, Fuller has completed 17-of-36 attempts for 259 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target is David Witt, who has eight receptions for 111 yards.
LAST TIME OUT:
Freshman running back Chris Sullivan rushed for 115 yards and one touchdown and senior quarterback Christian Batcheller threw for 287 yards and two scores as Washington and Lee ruined Hampden-Sydney's homecoming with a 24-12 win over the Tigers. Batcheller put the Generals up 7-0 with 12:14 remaining in the second quarter as he hit freshman tight end Davis White with a 22-yard touchdown pass. He then put the Generals up 14-0 exactly four minutes later, hitting senior wide receiver J.T. Malatesta with a 20-yard scoring strike. The Tigers would then retaliate as running back Kevin Tucker scored on a three-yard plunge with 3:14 remaining in the half to cut the W&L lead to 14-6. The extra point attempt was blocked. W&L would add another touchdown before the half, this time on a 16-yard run by Sullivan with 1:46 remaining to give the Generals a 21-6 halftime advantage. Both teams remained scoreless until 10:14 remained in the game, when junior placekicker Andy Vendig booted a 31-yard field goal to put W&L ahead, 24-6. Hampden-Sydney would respond on an 18-yard scoring strike from quarterback Walt Bondurant to tight end Matt Niemaseck with 8:13 remaining to make the score 24-12. The Tigers two-point conversion failed. W&L held the Tigers in check for the remainder of the game for the 24-12 victory. Batcheller completed 23-of-33 attempts and became the W&L leader in career touchdown tosses surpassing Brooks Fischer (35). Malatesta caught eight passes for 102 yards, marking the fourth-straight game he has gone over 100 yards receiving. White also snagged five passes for 92 yards. Bondurant led the Sydney offense, going 15-of-31 for 170 yards. The Generals' defense was led by junior free safety Will Baker, who recorded a game-high 14 tackles and an interception.
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 20-24-1 (.446) overall record, 3-1 against Sewanee. The Tigers are led by fourth-year head coach John Windham (Vanderbilt '86). He is 15-17 (.469) overall at Sewanee and in his career, 0-1 against W&L.
W&L vs. THE SOUTHERN COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE:
W&L sports a 52-63-3 (.453) all-time record against SCAC competition, including a 3-0 mark the last two seasons. Below is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the SCAC:
W&L has compiled a 403-451-39 (.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 17 on the season. W&L had a total of 11 sacks all of last season. Senior defensive end Michael Moore leads the charge with five sacks, four of which came in the win over Centre.
Although just 2-4 on the season, W&L is experiencing a record-breaking season. All told, eight W&L records have been broken or tied and many more may fall in the coming weeks. Records that have been broken include career passing yards (5,317 - Christian Batcheller), career touchdown passes (35 - Christian Batcheller), consecutive 200-yard passing games (6 - Christian Batcheller), 200-yard passing games in a season (6 - Christian Batcheller), consecutive 100-yard receiving games (4 - J.T. Malatesta), career 100-yard receiving games (10 - J.T. Malatesta), career total offense (5,575 - Christian Batcheller), and team sacks in a game (7 - vs. Centre).
GET READY FOR SMASH-MOUTH FOOTBALL:
Sewanee sports one of the top rushing offenses in the country and has featured that offense each of the past two seasons against the Generals. The Tigers have rushed for an average of 457.0 yards per game against W&L during the last two meetings, including 539 yards the last time the two met in Sewanee, Tenn. Sewenee has averaged just 56.0 yards passing during those games and passed for only eight yards vs. the Generals last season.
KUDOS TO THE O-LINE:
The Generals' offense is averaging 403.3 yards per game after six games, due in large part to the play of the offensive line. The Generals are averaging 159.2 rushing yards per game and the line has allowed just six 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.
W&L swept the ODAC Player of the Week honors this week with quarterback Christian Batcheller being named the offensive player of the week and free safety Will Baker being named the defensive player of the week. Against Hampden-Sydney, Batcheller completed 23-of-33 attempts (69.7%) for 287 yards and two touchdowns and Baker totaled a game-high 14 tackles and intercepted a pass in the end zone with 6:24 remaining in the game to keep the score at 24-12.
LIKE FINE WINE:
Just like fine wine, W&L's stellar freshman class is getting better with age. Running back Chris Sullivan filled in for Marc Watson in the fourth game of the season and the running attack hasn't missed a beat. Sullivan rushed for 88 yards at Randolph-Macon, 111 yards against Davidson, and 115 yards at Hampden-Sydney. Tight end Davis White is also bringing forth major contributions. He is second on the team with 26 catches for 437 yards and leads the Generals in receiving touchdowns with four.