WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University opened its 2016 football season with a 43-6 loss to Shenandoah University here Saturday night before 1,115 under the lights at Hotchkiss Field.
Shenandoah (1-0) compiled 440 yards of total offense with 246 yards coming on the ground while Gallaudet (0-1) racked up 146 yards of total offense (112 rushing yards).
The Bison defense caused a turnover on Shenadoah's first possession when senior linebacker Sean Fenton (Chicago, Ill.) intercepted Hayden Bauserman's pass and returned it 13 yards at the 13:42 mark in the first quarter.
Gallaudet's opening drive of the season was a quick three and out as the Bison were forced to punt.
Bauserman (17-for-29, 194 yards) came back the following drive and threw the first of four touchdown passes as tailback Cedrick Delaney scored on a 28-yard pass.
Delaney finished the game with 111 rushing yards on 10 carries and one touchdown to go with his 22 receiving yards on three receptions and one score.
Gallaudet surrendered a safety on a botched punt snap in the end zone before Bauserman threw two more touchdown passes in the second quarter. Shenandoah took a 22-0 lead into the locker room.
The Bison received the opening kickoff in the third quarter but turned it over on the return to the Hornets. On the next play, Delaney rumbled 33 yards into the end zone. Costly mistakes by the Bison in the third quarter forced the defense to remain on the field for an extended amount of time as SU scored three times.
Gallaudet got on the scoreboard midway through the fourth quarter when sophomore quarterback Antoine McKinney (Racine, Wis.) found wide receiver Dylan Mento (Hammonton, N.J.) in the back right corner of the end zone for the touchdown. GU missed the extra-point attempt.
- Senior defensive back Carneilus Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) led the Bison with six tackles
- Freshman quarterback Timel Benton (Columbia, S.C.) carried the ball 17 times and averaged 5.1 yards per carry
- Senior defensive end Shawn Benavente (Fremont, Calif.) registered his first sack of the season
- Shenandoah leads the all-time series 5-1
Gallaudet welcomes Earlham College (0-1) to Hotchkiss Field on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m.