WASHINGTON - It was a celebration that many members of the Gallaudet University football team weren't used to as the Bison danced around its drum after a 30-0 shutout victory over Earlham College here on a sweltering Saturday afternoon before 523 at Hotchkiss Field.
The young Bison squad hope this is just the beginning of many celebration dances after wins this season.
Only nine members on the current Gallaudet roster last danced after a win in 2014 when GU defeated Becker College, 16-12, on Oct. 1. The 15-game losing streak vanished in the closing seconds as the Bison team doused their head coach Chuck Goldstein with a celebratory water bath as players dumped a water cooler over his head.
Gallaudet racked up 398 yards of offense against an undermanned Earlham team that holds the longest losing streak in Division III football at 25 and counting dating back to 2013.
The Bison rushed for over 300 yards for the first time since Oct. 4, 2014, as GU carried the ball 55 times for 302 yards. Gallaudet controlled the time of possession with over 37 minutes.
Sophomore quarterback Antoine McKinney (Racine, Wis.) ran for two second-half touchdowns as GU scored 16 points. McKinney threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Maples (Kempner, Texas) with no time left in the second quarter as GU took a 14-0 lead into halftime.
In the first quarter, freshman quarterback Timel Benton (Columbia, S.C.) threw a 21-yard touchdown to sophomore wide receiver Dylan Mento (Hammonton, N.J.) at the 8:26 mark. Benton converted the two-point conversion.
Gallaudet's defense was suffocating as it only allowed the Quakers (0-2) to 77 yards of total offense. Earlham rushed for negative 34 yards and passed for 111 yards. GU had two sacks and one interception in the win.
Senior Shawn Benavente (Fremont, Calif.) recorded four tackles, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and had both sacks, on back-to-back plays, in the second half.
Prior to the start of today's game Gallaudet began its stretching on a hot Hotchkiss Field and the famous Bison drum broke after many whacks by one of the coaches. In a way, the broken drum was symbolic of Gallaudet breaking through its own demons of prior losses. All of the frustration and stress was lifted from Gallaudet's shoulders hours later with the team celebrating in the end zone.
- McKinney led all rushers with 57 yards
- Freshman Alvin Anthony III (Humble, Texas) ran the ball six times for 53 yards
- Louie Akuffo (Bowie, Md.) led the Bison with six tackles
- Senior Sean Fenton (Chicago, Ill.) had four tackles
- This was the first-ever meeting between Gallaudet and Earlham
- This was Gallaudet's first shutout since Nov. 10, 2012, when GU defeated SUNY Maritime 21-0 at home
"It is great to have the players and the staff rise up and give an amazing effort today. We have been improving everyday and working everyday to become great." Chuck Goldstein, Gallaudet football head coach
Gallaudet heads to Greensboro, N.C., for a non-conference game against Greensboro College on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. The Bison fell to Greensboro 42-20 during their last matchup in 2015.