WINCHESTER, Va. – Washington and Lee missed a pair of potential game-winning field goals in the final 6:09 and dropped a 21-14 overtime decision to Shenandoah in the regular-season finale.
Shenandoah (4-6) knotted the game at 14-14 with 11:21 left in the game when running back Andrew Smith capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Washington and Lee (5-5) to the Shenandoah 13-yardline on its next possession, but first-year placekicker Matt Underhill's (Bethesda, Md. / Landon) 30-yard attempt sailed wide left.
The Hornets elected to go for it on a 4th-and-9 from their own 34-yardline on the next possession, but the Generals defense forced an incomplete pass with 3:38 left in the game. W&L then drove to the SU 1-yardline, but first-year running back Marshall Hollerith (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) was stopped on 3rd-and-goal from the one. The Generals then took a delay of game penalty on fourth down and Underhill lined up for a 23-yard field goal attempt with just over one minute remaining. The kick was blocked by SU defensive back Bayvon Young and the Hornets ran out the clock to force overtime.
Shenandoah got the ball first to start the extra session and scored on its second play, as quarterback Drew Ferguson found wide receiver David Bell with a 22-yard touchdown pass for a 21-14 lead. The Generals lost one yard on their first play of overtime, but first-year quarterback Charlie Nelson (Redding, Conn. / St. Luke's) rushed for 11 yards on the second play before fumbling on the SU 15-yardline. Shenandoah linebacker Michael Messick recovered to end the game.
W&L marched 61 yard on 10 plays to score on its opening possession of the game. Hollerith crossed the goal line from two yards out for a 7-0 lead just 4:52 into the game. The Hornets responded two plays later as quarterback Justin Neff found wide receiver Cedrick Delaney for a 70-yard touchdown to knot the game at 7-7 at the 9:50 mark.
Shenandoah missed two field goals of its own in the first half and the teams headed to halftime tied at 7-7. The Generals produced a 10-play, 57-yard drive on their second possession of the second half to take a 14-7 lead at the 7:02 mark of the third quarter. Hollerith scored his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run.
Nelson finished with 134 yards rushing on 20 carries. He also completed 3-of-5 passes for six yards. Hollerith gained 123 yards and scored two touchdowns on 34 carries as the Generals amassed 294 yards on the ground. Senior defensive back Walter Ramsey (Atlanta, Ga. / Westminster) and sophomore linebacker Moody Heard (Houston, Texas / Episcopal) paced the W&L defense with nine tackles each.
Shenandoah gained just 292 yards in the game led by Delaney, who caught three passes for 77 yards and one touchdown. Smith rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, while Ferguson completed 8-of-18 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Neff added 79 yards and one touchdown on 7-of-13 passing. Senior linebacker Byron Mitchell led the Hornets' defense with a game-high 17 tackles.
Washington and Lee has now completed its season with a 5-5 overall record, snapping a string of three consecutive winning seasons.