Logan Throws Four Interceptions In Loss
LEXINGTON – It was no secret what the Washington & Lee offense was going to do on Saturday against Bridgewater College.
W&L (4-3 overall, 2-2 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference) ran the football out of their triple-option shotgun formation 65 times for 372 yards, eventually wearing down a tired BC defense in a 42-13 Generals win.
Three W&L ball carriers went over 90 yards, with freshman option back Marshall Hollerith leading the way with 95 yards and three touchdowns. Senior quarterback Nick Lombardo also chipped in with 92 yards rushing while not completing a pass.
“I think early on we didn’t hurt ourselves,” W&L coach Scott Abell said. “I don’t think it was very much different from the way we had been running the football except we’ve kind of come out of the gates kind of slow these last couple weeks and gotten behind, and this week we were able to establish ourselves early and get momentum. That made all the difference this week.”
Lombardo did not play in the second half because of an undisclosed injury according to Abell.
Bridgewater’s offense, which has come under fire in recent weeks because of an inability to score points, showed flashes against a W&L defense that entered the game allowing 22.3 points per game.
BC (3-4, 0-4) quarterback Willie Logan had a poor day passing the ball, going 17-of-31 for 158 yards and no touchdowns to go along with four interceptions. The senior has now thrown eight interceptions on the season.
“Today they took some chances to make the big play and they made some,” Abell said. “We got some pass rush on [Logan] and forced him to throw some early balls. Put all that together and it’s a good outing for us.”
Three of Logan’s interceptions came on tipped balls at the line of scrimmage, and BC coach Michael Clark did not know immediately after the game if they were Logan’s fault.
“When things are going poorly, a tipped ball is going to end up in an opponent’s hands,” Clark said. “Is that him telegraphing throws, is that protection, we have to look and see that.”
Logan was the leading rusher for the Eagles on Saturday, finishing with 76 yards on 11 carries and a 27-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
BC tailback Jacob Wright never got going against the Generals, as he ran the ball 18 times for just 31 yards, an average of just 1.7 per rush.
W&L jumped out to a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter on a Hollerith 2-yard run.
The teams combined for five-straight turnovers to end the second quarter, with Logan throwing three interceptions in under eight minutes.
W&L, a team that traditionally controls the clock with its run-heavy offense, scored on three drives of less than three minutes in the game. The Eagles won the time of possession battle in the game 33:48 to 26:12, but it did not matter.
Midway through the third quarter, Bridgewater scored on a 23-yard field goal by Chandler DeHaven to cut the W&L lead to 21-13. Four minutes into the fourth quarter, the Generals lined up for a field goal attempt, but the kick into the wind was wide left.
The only problem for the Eagles: Clark’s field goal block unit ran into the kicker, and on fourth-and-two, Hollerith ran for an 11-yard touchdown, a seven-point swing.
“The running into the kicker and the touchdown that followed for a team with a psyche right now is candidly fragile, that was a knife in the gut,” Clark said.
The loss is BC’s fourth-straight to begin conference play, having scored less than 21 points in each game. The Eagles are averaging 13.5 points per game in ODAC play – the fewest of any of the eight league teams.
“[W&L] is one of those teams where it’s tough once they get rolling and you have to stop them early, but once they getting rolling they get that hurry up going and they get some steam going and some confidence,” senior linebacker Andrew Palmer said.