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Hampden-Sydney Football Earns Thrilling 27-24 OT Road Win At Christopher Newport

Dillon Costello
Dillon Costello

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Junior wide receiver Dillon Costello/Haymarket caught a four-yard touchdown pass from senior captain and quarterback Clay Vick/Raleigh, N.C. in overtime to lead Hampden-Sydney College to a thrilling 27-24 football road win at Christopher Newport University on Saturday night at TowneBank Stadium in Newport News.  Vick finished with a game-high 203 yards passing and the game-winning TD, adding 34 yards rushing and a TD, as well, while senior captain and wide receiver Major Morgan/Onancock had a game-high 10 receptions for a game-high 132 yards receiving for the visiting Tigers (1-1).  The Captains (0-2) got 185 yards passing from Jack Anderson, and 44 yards rushing from Nehemiah Harris.

The two teams battled closely all night long as the scoreboard stood at 21-21 following four quarters and 60 minutes of action.  CNU had the first possession of overtime, and the H-SC defense limited the Captains to three yards, forcing a 40-yard field goal by Dylan Curran that put the hosts ahead 24-21.

The Tigers were limited to three yards on their OT possession, as well, but a pass interference penalty against CNU on third down gave the visitors a first down at the seven yard line.  An offside penalty against the hosts moved the ball half the distance closer before Vick dropped a short shovel pass to Costello who raced around the left side and into the end zone for the game-winning TD reception and final 27-24 margin of victory.

H-SC had put the first points on the board with 4:11 remaining in the first quarter when junior captain and safety Riggs Jordan/Bassett made an interception and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.  Junior kicker Rhett Andersen/Poquoson added the PAT for the early 7-0 lead.

The Tigers had taken the opening possession of the game and drove 82 yards on 12 plays to the CNU two, but an interception in the end zone on second and goal stopped the drive.  Morgan caught three passes for 61 yards on the first possession.  The visitors looked like they might score again in the second quarter, driving inside the Captains' 30 before Vick was intercepted again at the CNU three, and it remained a 7-0 advantage at halftime.

CNU evened the score at 7-7 early in the third quarter (11:50), getting a 35-yard TD pass from wide receiver Nick Hunter to fellow wide receiver Cole Blais on a trick play.  Curran made the PAT.

H-SC answered quickly with a two-play, 36-yard drive that ended with a seven-yard TD run by Vick at 8:36 of the third, and the Andersen PAT made it 14-7.  Morgan had caught a 29-yard pass from Vick on the preceding play.

CNU responded with a 75-yard drive on 13 plays that culminated with a one-yard TD run by Anderson, and the Curran PAT tied it at 14-14 with 49-seconds left in the third quarter.

H-SC was opportunistic on the defensive side of the ball once-again early in the fourth quarter, as junior linebacker Brendan Weinberg/Apex, N.C. intercepted an Anderson pass and returned it 20 yards for the touchdown with 14:16 remaining.  Andersen's PAT made it a 21-14 lead for the visitors.

CNU answered late in the fourth with a four-play, 29-yard drive that ended with a game-tying two-yard TD run by Brock Carnes.  The PAT by Curran made it 21-21 with 5:28 remaining in the final quarter.  The Captains' possession began after the Tigers had went for it on fourth-and-one at their own 29, but were stopped for no gain when the snap exchange was mishandled.  CNU did have a final chance to win the game in regulation, but missed wide right on a 47-yard field goal attempt with 1:38 left on the clock.

Vick passed for his game-high 203 yards (27-49) and the game-winning TD with four interceptions, adding the 34 yards rushing on five carries and the TD.  Morgan had his game-high 10 receptions for 132 yards, including a long catch of 31 yards.  Junior wide receiver Blake Page/Richmond finished with five catches for 26 yards, junior tight end Ed Newman/Farmville had three receptions for 22 yards and Costello added six catches for 16 yards and the game-winning TD reception.  Andersen was 3-3 on PATs.

Senior captain and linebacker Griffin Davis/Charlottesville had eight tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and an interception to lead H-SC, while sophomore linebacker Stephen Cash/Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (two QB hurries), freshman cornerback Jabril Lewis/Virginia Beach (one tackle for loss) and junior defensive lineman Phil Pullen/Manassas each added six tackles.  Weinberg finished with five tackles and his fourth-quarter pick six, while Jordan contributed three tackles (one for loss) and his first-quarter pick six.  Senior defensive end Tyler Frink/Farmville had the only sack of the night for the Tigers among his four tackles, including a tackle for loss, as well.

Anderson finished with his 185 yards passing (15-32) and three interceptions, while Harris led the Captains with his 44 yards on the ground in 12 carries.  Blais had 101 yards receiving on seven catches and the TD.

Ben James and Damian Jiggetts led CNU's defense with five tackles each, and Jiggetts had two of the Captains' four interceptions.

H-SC will travel to Buena Vista for its first ODAC game of the season at first-year conference member (football-only) Southern Virginia University next Saturday afternoon, September 21, at 1 p.m. at Knight Stadium.