WINCHESTER, Va. - A young Gallaudet University football team walked into a hornet's nest on Saturday night at Shentel Stadium as Shenandoah University routed the Bison, 51-6, before 2,219.
Gallaudet (0-1) started seven freshmen and other freshmen and new players saw action in the first game of the season.
Freshman quarterback Ramon Johnson (Sylmar, Calif.) threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to fellow freshman Lawrence Watson (Fayetteville, N.C.) at the 3:56 mark in the third quarter. That was Gallaudet's first and only points of the game. GU trailed 31-0 at the break.
The Bison fell behind, 7-0, early but were poised to answer the challenge. Gallaudet marched 49 yards on 10 plays into Shenandoah territory. On second down and 10 at the Shenandoah 26, Johnson threw off his back foot and left the ball up. Weldon Gilchrist jumped up and intercepted the Bison and ran the ball back 80-yards for a touchdown. That play changed momentum in the game as Shenandoah (1-0) led 14-0, halfway through the first quarter.
- GU held a slight advantage in passing, 166-164
- The Bison threw the most passing yards since the 2012 season
- Junior Shawn Benavente (Fremont, Calif.) led the team with 11 tackles
- Gallaudet is 1-4 vs. Shenandoah all-time
- The Bison last defeated the Hornets, 31-20, in Winchester, Va., on Sept. 7, 2013
"We are a very young team right now. We are playing a lot of young guys. It is going to take time. We are going to improve in two weeks. We have a young talented team, who looks to improve everyday." - Chuck Goldstein, Gallaudet football head coach
Gallaudet is off next week before its home opener against Greensboro College on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. at Hotchkiss Field.