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Homestanding Emory and Henry scored two touchdowns in the final 5:21 Saturday afternoon to escape with a 20-17 ODAC football victory over Shenandoah.
For Shenandoah (1-8, 0-6 ODAC), it is the second straight week that a victory slipped through its collective grasp in the waning moments of the game.
With SU leading 17-7 following an Andrew Williams 22-yard field goal at the 6:09 mark of the fourth, the Wasps (5-4, 2-4) needed just three plays and 48 seconds to drive 57 yards get themselves back in it.
E&H moved all 57 of those yards through the air, capping it with a 17-yard Kyle Boden to Corey Ware TD pass.
On the ensuing possession, Shenandoah was able to drive into Wasps territory, but was forced to punt after being faced with a 4th and 2 at the Wasps 48.
Emory & Henry again needed just three plays to get the game-winning score as Boden found Ware on a slant route and he took it 59 yards for the go-ahead score.
Shenandoah blocked the PAT, setting up a situation that a field goal could force overtime.
SU was unable to get closer than the 43-yard line before being forced to throw a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game.
This pass was knocked down at the 5, ending the contest.
SU, which held the ball for 38:42, had 290 yards in total offense. Freshman Andrew Smith had 127yards on 33 carries.
Smith scored both of the Hornets touchdowns, blasting over from the 3 with 48 seconds remaining in the second quarter and from the 8 at the 10:40 mark of the third.
Shenandoah completes its season next Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at Washington and Lee.
Shenandoah University had two field hockey players named to the ODAC All-Tournament team in selections announced Saturday following the completion of the tournament.
Senior defender Amber VanHorn and junior goalkeeper Sarah Clare were both named to the 11-woman team.
VanHorn anchored the defense in a 1-0 quarterfinal round victory over Washington and Lee and the 3-1 semifinal round loss to eventual champion Lynchburg College.
She had nine goals and two assists for 20 points on the year and was named ODAC Player of the Week one time.
Clare had a total of 12 saves in the tournament, including 10 in the LC contest. She finished the year with a 1.85 goals against average and four shutouts.