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GU fumbles chance against Greensboro with a self-inflicted loss

GU fumbles chance against Greensboro with a self-inflicted loss

GREENSBORO, N.C. - At the end of the game, Gallaudet University dominated many facets of its non-conference game Saturday at Jamieson Stadium against Greensboro College before a crowd of 875. The Bison offense put up over 400 yards of offense, ran over 80 offensive plays and recorded three sacks and one interception but it wasn't enough in a 21-6 loss.

Gallaudet (1-2) fumbled three times, twice in the first quarter on back-to-back possessions, and got whistled for a program worst 21 penalties. The young and inexperienced Gallaudet team got penalized 12 times in the fourth quarter alone.

The Bison totaled a season-best 417 yards of offense on 81 plays and ran for a season-high 345 yards on 67 attempts (5.1 yards per rush). 

Freshman quarterback Timel Benton (Columbia, S.C.) led the team with 80 yards rushing on 18 carries while he completed 5 of 13 passes for 72 yards. Fellow freshman Spencer Maples (Kempner, Texas) ran for 67 yards on eight carries and led the team with three catches for 57 yards. Maples had 179 yards of all-purpose yards as he added 55 yards on three kickoff returns.

Freshman fullback Canton Meadows (Yukon, Okla.) made his collegiate debut and ran the ball 12 times for 69 yards.

Maples scored Gallaudet's lone touchdown at the 2:51 mark in the second quarter on an 11-yard run into the end zone. GU missed the extra-point attempt and trailed the Pride, 7-6.

Greensboro (1-2) tried to add more points before the half but quarterback Mac Graham (15-for-24, 120 yards) got intercepted by Mauricio Orozco (Clinton, Md.) at the Gallaudet 38 before returning the pass 11 yards to midfield. The Bison marched down the field and got into the red zone but ran out of time and chances to add points before the half.

The Pride received the opening kickoff of the second half and struck on their second offensive play when Kenneth Purvis (nine carries, 108 yards) galloped 70 yards for a touchdown just 54 seconds into the third quarter.

Benton led the Bison into Greensboro territory early in the third quarter but his fumble got returned 57 yards by Herbert Bridges for a touchdown as the game momentum had shifted to the Pride.

Greensboro scored 13 points off Gallaudet turnovers. A Bison first-quarter fumble led to Greensboro's first score at the 6:13 mark in the first quarter.

The flag-plagued fourth quarter hampered Gallaudet's chances of a comeback.

The young Bison squad may not of left with a win but there are many positives they can draw off of heading into conference play.


  • Senior Carneilus Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) led the defense with seven tackles
  • Senior Sean Fenton (Chicago, Ill.) added six tackles
  • GU had three sacks for a loss of 17 yards and six tackles for a loss of 24 yards
  • The Bison held the Pride to 230 yards of offense (110 yards of rushing)
  • Gallaudet controlled the time of possession with over 42 minutes
  • The Bison made 3 of 5 fourth-down conversions
  • Greensboro defeated Gallaudet 42-20 last season

This concludes the non-conference slate for Gallaudet this season. GU is off next week before diving into Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play on Saturday, Oct. 1, at home against Becker College (1-2).