Second half-lull sinks Lafayette
WILLIAMSBURG, VA.– William & Mary scored 24 points on its first four possessions of the second half Saturday night to wipe out a halftime deficit and defeat Lafayette 30-17 in the opening game for both teams.
The Tribe drove 70 yards after the second-half kickoff for its first score, then forced and recovered three Lafayette fumbles and turned a tight nonconference game into a rout.
Lafayette dominated the first two quarters, with Cole Northrup, making his first start at quarterback, scoring on a 13-yard run and Jeffrey Kordenbrock kicking a 31-yard field goal. But the Leopards committed four turnovers in the second half and didn’t score again until only 4:42 remained, when freshman QB Keegan Shoemaker and freshman running back John Gay hooked up for a 26-yard TD.
Owen Wright scored two touchdowns, Hollis Mathis scored one and Jake Johnston booted three field goals for W&M. It was a game of two different halves. Lafayette controlled the ball for nearly 19 minutes in the first, William & Mary for just over 20 in the second. The Leopards had 368 yards of offense, the Tribe 418.