Washington and Lee Football - Randolph-Macon Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Randolph-Macon Game Notes

W&L (3-2, 2-0) vs. #20 RANDOLPH-MACON (6-0, 2-0)

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Lexington, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: October 16, 2010
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Wilson Field (4,000)
TV/INTERNET: America One (http://www.b2livetv.com/partner_members.asp?id=157)
RADIO: WLUR 91.5 FM (http://wlur.wlu.edu)
LAST MEETING: 10/3/09 at R-MC (21-13 R-MC)
FIRST MEETING: 10/17/03 at R-MC (39-0 W&L)
LAST W&L WIN: 10/4/08 at W&L (28-16)
LAST R-MC WIN: 10/3/09 at R-MC (21-13)

Washington and Lee and Randolph-Macon will be meeting for the 59th time, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 29-26-3 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1903 season.  R-MC has won two of the last three meetings, including a 21-13 victory last season in Ashland, Va.  However, W&L has won four of the last six meetings, including five-straight wins over the Yellow Jackets in Lexington dating back to 2002.  In those five games at Wilson Field, Randolph-Macon has scored a total of just 35 points for an average of only 7.0 points per game.  Over the same span, W&L has scored 119 points for an average of 23.8 points per outing.

Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) is in his 16th season as the head coach at W&L and his 43rd year of coaching.  He has led W&L to 10 non-losing campaigns, including the 2006 season when W&L went 7-4 overall, won the ODAC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.  Miriello is the winningest coach in program history, having surpassed Gary Fallon for that honor this season.  Since taking over following Fallon's death in the spring of 1995, Miriello is 78-75-1 overall.

Randolph-Macon is led by seventh-year Head Coach Pedro Arruza (Wheaton, Ill. '95), who is 33-34 (.493) with the Yellow Jackets and 2-4 against W&L.  Arruza has mentored his squad to playing for the ODAC title in each of the past three seasons, guiding R-MC to the 2008 ODAC Championship.  Arruza is 20-6 overall since the beginning of the 2008 season and was named the 2008 ODAC Coach of the Year.  The all-time leading rusher at Wheaton, Arruza also held assistant coaching stints at Washington Univerity (1999-04) and Butler (1998-99).

Washington and Lee has played 1,007 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 465-503-39 (.481) overall record.  Only five other schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia have played more games than W&L, which played the first intercollegiate football game in the South, an 1873 matchup with neighboring VMI.

Washington and Lee has posted a 76-100-1 all-time record against ODAC opponents and is 42-46 all-time against conference opponents under Frank Miriello. 

(W&L 45, Emory & Henry 24 • 10/9/10 • Lexington, Va.)
Sophomore running backs Luke Heinsohn and Brett Murray both rushed for over 100 yards as Washington and Lee rolled up 425 rushing yards in posting a 45-24 victory over Emory & Henry on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field. The Generals trailed 7-3 early in the second quarter when Murray jump-started the W&L rushing effort with a 52-yard touchdown run at the 12:41 mark for a 10-7 lead.  W&L added to the lead 6:37 later when junior quarterback Charlie Westfal capped a 12-play, 86-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to first-year tight end Alex Evans for a 17-7 advantage.  Sophomore defensive back Jake Pelton intercepted Emory & Henry (4-2, 0-2) junior quarterback Dustin Beck in the end zone on the ensuing drive and the Generals proceeded to march 80 yards on 11 plays to assume a 24-7 halftime lead on an 8-yard touchdown run by Westfal with just 19 seconds remaining in the half. W&L upped its lead to 31-7 just 2:17 into the third quarter when Westfal found Murray for a 17-yard touchdown pass.  The Wasps responded with 10-straight third quarter points to make it a 31-17 game with just under five minutes remaining in the penultimate quarter, but the Generals scored two more rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one by Heinsohn (1 yard) and another by Murray (6 yards) to secure the homecoming victory. W&L amassed 491 yards of total offense and rushed for more than 400 yards for the third time this season.  Heinsohn finished with 130 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries, while Murray totaled 121 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.  He also caught two passes for 22 yards in producing 225 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.  Junior running back Harrison Hudson registered 95 yards on 11 carries and Westfal rushed eight times for 65 yards and one touchdown.  He also completed 6-of-9 passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns.  Sophomore linebacker Doug Fraser paced the defense with 10 tackles.  Pelton added eight stops, two pass breakups and one interception.

(Randolh-Macon 21, W&L 13 • 10/3/09 • Ashland, Va.)
W&L rallied with two touchdowns in the final 2:08 of the game, but came up just short in a 21-13 loss at Randolph-Macon. The Generals trailed 14-0 late in the fourth quarter but scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Charlie Westfal to senior wide receiver Ryan Welsh to make it a 14-6 game with 2:08 remaining. The ensuing PAT was no good. W&L then lined up for an onside kick that was returned 38 yards for a touchdown by Vince Hendren for a 21-6 lead at the 2:02 mark. The Generals retaliated four play later as running back Harrison Hudson made it a 21-13 game on a 13-yard touchdown reception from Westfal with 56 seconds left in the game.  The Generals again lined up for an onside kick and this time were successful as Welsh recovered the ball on the Macon 46-yardline with 53 seconds remaining. W&L drove to the R-MC 31-yardline and had three shots at the end zone, including a deflected ball at the goal line that was nearly hauled in by wide receiver Cody Smith with 10 seconds left. Two more cracks at the end zone proved unsuccessful as the Yellow Jackets came away with the win. The end-of-game excitement nearly overshadowed a record-breaking performance by Randolph-Macon wide receiver Earl Peoples, who set an ODAC record with 20 receptions for 295 yards and two touchdowns. Peoples caught every completed pass by quarterback Austin Faulkner, who was 20-of-29 for 295 yards and the two scores. Defensive back Scott Shope led the R-MC defense with 12 tackles. Westfal finished the game with 58 yards rushing on 14 carries and he completed 19-of-34 attempts for 193 yards and two touchdowns for W&L. Running back Jonathan Clemo carried 19 times for 125 yards, while Hudson caught five passes for 40 yards and one score. Senior defensive back Donavon Sawyer paced the W&L defense with 12 tackles and a forced fumble.

Randolph-Macon is 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the ODAC following a 56-28 victory over Catholic on Saturday in Ashland, Va.  The Yellow Jackets, ranked 20th in the latest D3football.com poll, rolled up 554 yards of offense and jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead in cruising to the win.  Senior quarterback Austin Faulkner rushed for three touchdowns and completed 19-of-29 passes for 231 yards and another score to lead the offensive effort for R-MC.  Sophomore running back Drake Sanders (141 yds., 2 TD's) and first-year running back Will McGhee (109 yds.) both rushed for 100+ yards and senior wide receiver Earl Peoples hauled in 10 passes for 151 yards.  First-year defensive back Andrew Leonard totaled a team-high nine tackles and sophomore defensive back Brandon Harrison returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown.  For the year, the Yellow Jackets have featured the ODAC's most potent offensive attack, averaging 457.3 yards and 45.8 points per game.  Faulkner has completed just over 70 percent of his throws for 1,392 yards and 17 touchdowns with just three interceptions.  Junior running back Thaddeus Scruggs has amassed a team-high 454 yards and eight touchdowns on 82 carries, while Sanders has 347 yards and five scores on 73 carries.  Peoples is the conference's top pass receiver with 64 catches for 807 yards and seven touchdowns.  Senior linebacker Trey Haddon is the team's top tackler with 32 tackles.  
With a 65-yard rushing effort against Emory & Henry, junior quarterback Charlie Westfal passed W&L legend Gil Bocetti '52, '54L as the Generals' all-time rushing leader from the quarterback position.  Westfal has now rushed for 1,151 yards over his first 25 games, eclipsing the record of 1,109 yards held by Bocetti.  For his career, Westfal has rushed for 13 touchdowns and has completed completed nearly 53 percent (241-456,. 529) of his passes for 2,782 yards and 24 touchdowns

Sophomore running back Luke Heinsohn is now tied with Emory & Henry's Caleb Jennings for the ODAC rushing lead (eighth nationally) as both are averaging 132.0 yards per game.  Heinsohn currently has 660 yards and four touchdowns on just 87 carries for an average of 7.6 yards per rush.  He has amassed four-straight 100-yard rushing efforts, the most since Chris Sullivan '03 strung together 8-straight during the 2001 season.  Heinsohn amassed 223 yards and one touchdown on just 20 carries against Guilford, a performance which ranks as the fourth-highest single-game rushing total in school history.  The grandson of former W&L Head Coach Lee McLaughlin (1957-67), Heinsohn rushed for more than 4,700 yards and 70 touchdowns during his high school career at the Covenant School in Charlottesville.

Sophomore running back Brett Murray is coming off his finest game as a General in Saturday's win over Emory & Henry.  Murray totaled 225 all-purpose yards, rushed for a career-high 121 yards, and notched three total touchdowns en route to being named the ODAC Offensive Player of the Week.  

Sophomore running backs Luke Heinsohn (130 yds.) and Brett Murray (121 yds.) both rushed for 100 yards on Saturday against Emory & Henry, marking the first time that W&L has had two running backs eclipse the 100-yard barrier in the same game since Marc Watson '02 (142 yds.) and Chris Sullivan '03 (118 yds.) did so against Greensboro during the 2001 season.  There was nearly a third player over 100 yards as junior running back Harrison Hudson finished with 95 yards on just 11 carries.

Washington and Lee enters this week's game ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense thanks to producing three of the best team rushing efforts in ODAC history this season.  In the Generals' 48-17 win over Sewanee in week two, W&L amassed 467 rushing yards, a total which is the second-highest in conference history and the most by W&L since the 1950 season.  In a 55-29 win over Guilford, W&L produced 463 rushing yards which represents the third-highest total in school history.  Last week, W&L went for 425 yards, the sixth-best rushing effort in conference history. All told, W&L is averaging 329.4 yards per game on the ground and 6.3 yards per carry.  A total of 11 different players have run the ball and seven different players have found the end zone via the ground game.

W&L has posted 45 or more points in a game three times this season, the first time the Generals have done so in one season since the 1914 campaign.  W&L has never had a season with four games of 45 or more points.

Washington and Lee ranks second in the ODAC in turnover margin, posting a +6 turnover margin over the first five games.  Randolph-Macon leads the league with a +9 margin.  The Generals and Yellow Jackets are tied for the league-lead with 15 forced turnovers, while W&L, R-MC and H-SC are all tied for the lead with eight interceptions.  Over the past two weeks, W&L has forced nine turnovers while committing just one turnover itself.

Under Head Coach Frank Miriello, W&L has consistently ranked among the conference's top teams in penalties -- or rather a lack of penalties.  The Generals again lead the ODAC in that category this season, having been flagged just 17 times for 171 yards.  That's 15 fewer penalties and 104 yards fewer than any other team in the conference.

Since Frank Miriello took over as head coach in 1995, the Generals are 67-28 (.705) when scoring 20 or more points and 53-8-1 (.863) when allowing fewer than 20 points. Furthermore, W&L is 31-3 (.912) under Miriello when scoring 30 or more points and 23-1-1 (.940) when allowing fewer than 10 points.  The flip side is that the Generals are just 2-20-1 (.109) when scoring less than 10 points and 3-39 (.071) when allowing 30 or more points.  So, the object is to keep the opponents to less than 10 points or to score more than 30 points.  If either happens, the W&L should win 92 percent of the time.