FRANKLIN, Mass. - The Gallaudet University football team got smacked around Saturday afternoon at the expense of Dean College, who celebrated a 53-21 homecoming victory, at Lippert Field. GU suffers its first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) loss this season.
Gallaudet (2-3, 2-1 ECFC), who was out the services of its starting quarterback, turned the ball over seven times (five fumbles). Bison quarterbacks were under duress, the entire game, and got sacked six times and threw two interceptions. Dean (3-5, 2-2 ECFC) scored 20 points off GU turnovers and used a controlling ground game to roll up a school-record 623 yards of total offense.
The Bison scored the game's first points after junior linebacker Mauricio Orozco (Largo, Md.) intercepted a pass by Dean freshman quarterback Terrell Watts at the Dean 34-yard line and returned it 17 yards. On the next play, GU freshman quarterback Lance Wood (Fishers, Ind.) hit senior wide receiver Dylan Mento (Atco, N.J.) for a touchdown at the 8:14 mark.
GU's lead was short-lived.
Dean tied the game, five minutes later, and it was all downhill from there.
The Bulldogs scored 33 unaswered points and took the 26-point lead into the half.
Gallaudet scored on the opening drive of the third quarter as freshman slot Joseph Mendis (Brook Park, Ohio) scored on a five-yard run to cap an 11-play, 4:57 drive to cut the Dean lead to 33-14.
Watts (13-for-20, 306 yards, three touchdowns) then completed two long touchdown passes of 57 and 75 yards, respectively, and free safety Nicholaus Grima returned a Bison fumble 52 yards for a touchdown to put the game away.
The Bison scored a final-second touchdown when freshman slot Kenny Long (Plainfield, N.J.) ran the ball in from nine yards out with 26 seconds left on the clock.
Senior defensive end Demontrai Lewis (Trinity, Texas) and freshman cornerback Christopher Webb (Sicklerville, N.J.) led the defense with eight tackles each. Lewis had three tackles for a loss of five yards while Webb's tackles were all solos. Orozco added seven tackles (four solo) in the loss.
Dean freshman running back DeAndre George ran for a game-high 137 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown. The Bulldogs had two players go over 100 receiving yards in sophomore wide receiver Errol Breaux, who caught four passes for 136 yards and two scores, and freshman running back Quintus Reid, who hauled in five passes for 120 yards and one score.
- Mendis has scored a touchdown in three straight games
- Freshman superback RJ Randle (McCalla, Ala.) ran for a team-high 62 yards on 13 carries
- Bison running backs had five fumbles
- Wood and freshman quarterback Logan Taylor (South Prince George, Va.) went a combined 8-for-14 for 111 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions
- GU is 1-1 all-time against Dean
Gallaudet will next host conference foe Alfred State College (0-7, 0-3 ECFC) for Homecoming next Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m.