Sec­ond half-lull sinks Lafayette

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Paul Rein­hard

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.

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