LEXINGTON, Va. – Randolph-Macon limited Washington and Lee to a season-low 213 rushing yards en route to an 18-10 win over the Generals in ODAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The loss snapped a school-record 12-game winning streak against ODAC competition, as the Generals (5-3, 4-1) were held without an offensive touchdown for the first time since a 24-0 loss to Franklin & Marshall in the 2008 season-opener.
Despite the lack of offensive scoring, the Generals had a chance to tie the game in the final minutes, driving to the Randolph-Macon 11-yardline for a 1st-and-10 with just under two minutes remaining. However, on the next play, W&L senior quarterback Charlie Nelson (Redding, Conn. / St. Luke's) scrambled away from pressure and tossed the ball into the corner of the end zone where he was intercepted by R-MC (7-1, 4-1) senior cornerback Jacob Silva with 1:14 remaining. The Yellow Jackets then ran out the clock for their first win in Lexington since 1998.
The Yellow Jackets forced a 3-and-out on W&L's first offensive possession and assumed a 3-0 lead on a 21-yard field goal from senior placekicker Seth Yurgel at the 7:57 mark of the first quarter. The Generals responded with an 11-play, 44-yard drive that resulted in a 43-yard field goal from senior placekicker Matt Underhill (Bethesda, Md. / Landon) that tied that game at 3-3 with 2:48 left in the opening quarter.
R-MC came right back with a 10-play, 82-yard drive that was finished off with a 5-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Joseph Vairo to junior tight end Willie Schaub at the 13:20 mark of the second quarter.
The Yellow Jacket defense forced a fumble at the W&L 25-yardline a few series later and made it a 13-3 game with a 44-yard field goal from Yurgel at the 5:48 mark of the second quarter. The Generals drove to the Yellow Jacket 6-yardline on the next series, but were stopped on downs with 3:05 left in the half. Macon then used a 12-play, 82-yard drive that resulted in a third Yurgel field goal, this time from 26 yards out, for a 16-3 lead with 13 seconds left in the half.
W&L drove into Macon territory on both of its drives in the third quarter, but both stalled out shy of field goal range. The Generals' first possession of the fourth quarter began on their own 5-yardline after a punt was downed there, and two plays later Nelson was sacked in the end zone resulting in a safety and an 18-3 lead for the Yellow Jackets.
The Blue & White got on the board with 8:59 left in the game when Vairo was intercepted by senior cornerback Will Dyson (Indian Springs, Ala. / Briarwood Christian), who returned it 72 yards for a touchdown for W&L's second pick-six in as many weeks.
W&L forced R-MC to punt on the next possession and drove into the red zone for the second time in the game, before the game-sealing interception by Silva.
The Generals had 322 yard of total offense led by Nelson, who completed 5-of-10 passes for 100 yards and rushed 23 times for 106 yards. Senior running back Marshall Hollerith (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) added 91 yards on 16 carries, while senior tight end Jack Taylor (Broad Run, Va. / Battlefield) made three catches for 45 yards. Junior safety Michael Shields (Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Country Day) paced the defense with 11 tackles, while junior linebacker Max Garrett (Fairfield, Conn. / Choate Rosemary Hall) notched 10 stops.
The Yellow Jackets had 368 yards of total offense, including 287 yards on the ground. Sophomore running back Tre Fredrick led the Macon offense with 212 yards on 33 carries. Vairo completed 10-of-17 passes for 81 yards and rushed 12 times for 60 yards. Senior safety Eric Long led the R-MC defense with a game-high 13 tackles and one forced fumble.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Bridgewater for a 1:00 pm contest.