WASHINGTON - It was another high-scoring Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) game at Hotchkiss Field here Saturday but this time Gallaudet University was on the losing end of a 56-35 defeat to Dean College before a homecoming/senior day crowd of 3,161.
Gallaudet (2-4, 2-1 ECFC), who defeated Alfred State 62-41 last Saturday, couldn't slow down Dean (3-4, 3-0 ECFC) in the second and third quarters as the visiting Bulldogs outscored the Bison, 36-0.
Dean takes over first place in the conference as GU falls back in to a tie for second place with two weeks of conference games left this regular season.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the opening quarter as 28 points were put on the scoreboard with each team scoring 14.
Dean went on its run early in the second quarter as they scored three times before the half as the Bulldogs took a 35-14 lead into the break.
The Bulldogs defense continued to make things miserable for the Bison offense in the third quarter as GU turned the ball over on downs on its first two possessions. Dean turned those stops into points.
Gallaudet's lone highlight in the third quarter was when senior Damonte Bray (Clinton, Md.) returned the kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown at the 6:17 mark to cut the Dean lead to 50-21.
Dean quarterback Terrell Watts (20 of 26, 249 yards, three touchdowns) answered with his second running touchdown as he scrambled in from 14 yards out with 2:38 left in the third quarter.
The Bison defense was able to cause some disruption in the fourth quarter as Dean fumbled the ball away and GU forced Dean to punt for the first time in the game. GU scored twice to cut the margin to 21 points, 56-35.
Redshirt junior Timel Benton (Columbia, S.C.) finished the game with 11 carries for 39 yards and completed 9 of 14 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown pass to Bray in the first quarter. Freshman Austin Sliva-Wynne (Rosenberg, Texas) scored GU's first touchdown on an 11-yard run at the 8:20 mark in the first quarter. He finished the game with 13 yards on the ground and caught one pass for eight yards.
Redshirt junior linebacker Mason Gooch (Mount Sterling, Ky.) led the defense with 15 tackles, two tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one sack for a loss of eight yards, forced a fumble and had a pass breakup.
- The Bulldogs put up 485 yards of total offense to Gallaudet's 235
- Dean was 9 of 12 on third downs and 2-for-2 on fourth down
- Gallaudet ran for 122 yards
- Dean won the time of possession with 39 minutes
- Before the start of the game GU paid tribute to its senior class on the football and cheerleading teams
Gallaudet will hit the road in November with two conference games left on the slate. It will be a showdown for second place in the conference next Saturday, Nov. 2, at SUNY Maritime (3-4, 2-1 ECFC) when the two teams kickoff at 1 p.m.