Eagles Lose Overtime Thriller
GS allowed the fewest rushing yards in program history (minus-19 by Elon) and the double-overtime matches the longest contest ever (2 OT last year against Appalachian State). It was the first-ever win by Elon in eight meetings with the Eagles. The nine combined field goals tie a NCAA FCS single-game record. Nevada (five) and
In the second overtime Beard and Branden Daniel got a sack on first down. Two incomplete passes later set Wilcox up from 49 yards and the junior easily hit it. The Eagles’ offense went 3-and-out and Hartley fell short on his 39-yard attempt.
“We felt like we played hard at times and the breaks did not go our way. We came up short again in overtime, it’s very disappointing. It’s not a very good feeling to get beat,” said head coach Chris Hatcher. “You have to take advantage of the breaks when they come your way and we didn’t capitalize. There were a couple of times we could have scored touchdowns and we had to settle for field goals. We missed a couple of kicks. There was the offsides at the end of the game... some things you can’t do and win on the road.”
It took GS three plays to strike first late in the opening quarter. Jayson Foster had a 24-yard run followed by Lamar Lewis’ eight yard scamper. Lewis took the handoff and broke through the left side for a 54-yard touchdown, his second TD this season. Hartley’s extra point made it 7-0 with 3:52 left in the first.
The Eagles forced fourth down, including a sack by Daniel in the series, but were flagged for roughing the kicker giving the
Hartley, who kicked a game-winning 54-yard field goal as time expired last week against
Riddle avoided a sack on 3rd-and-16 and hit Bo Williamson on a 36-yard gain. The
Near the end of the half, Elon had 1st-and-goal from the five. The Eagles stopped Dontay Taylor shy of the goal line, then later on third down E.J. Webb made an open field tackle on
Wilcox attempted a squib kick but Jermaine Murphy deflected the ball and recovered as the Eagles took over on Elon’s 47. Foster hit Lynon Jefferson for 21 yards and then the senior quarterback scrambled for 14 yards. That set up Hartley’s 29-yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 20-13 at halftime.
The Eagles dominated the rushing attack, 158 yards to Elon’s minus-11. However, the
Elon took the opening kick of the third quarter and marched into Eagle territory. Wilcox’s 41-yard field goal made it a 10 point game.
The Eagles went 3-and-out but junior defensive back Chris Covington intercepted Riddle. It was the second interception this year for the junior safety. Foster converted on 4th-and-1 then two plays later scored from four yards out making it 23-20.
On Elon’s next possession it was Carson Hill picking Riddle off, his second career interception also his second in as many games. Chris Teal turned in a season-long 23-yard run then followed with an 11-yard rush. Hartley nailed a 22-yarder to tie the score with 5:16 left in the third quarter.
Two plays into the fourth quarter Hartley just missed from 43 yards out. On the ensuing Elon drive the defense came through with three key plays a sack by David Lewis, an open field tackle from Ronnie Wiggins and another sack thanks to Beard. The Eagles eventually took over on its own 46 after the punt.
On 3rd-and-long, Foster found Irving Campbell on a 17-yard reception to keep the drive alive. It was
This time on 3rd-and-17 Foster hit
Elon drove deep into GS territory. Riddle got the
The 21st-ranked Eagles were led by Lewis' 103 yards.
Wiggins paced the defense with a career-high 10 tackles. Beard had 2.5 sacks, matching his career total heading into the game. The defense sacked Riddle seven times and recorded 10 tackles for a loss. Hartley hit a career-high four field goals from 49, 29, 22 and 41.
Riddle completed 26-of-48 passes for 303 yards and three TDs to go with his two interceptions. Williamson caught seven passes for 128 yards.
The previous rushing low by a
Elon travels to Wofford next Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
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- Published on Saturday, 13 October 2007 00:05