EMORY — Shenandoah University’s football team saw its comeback bid fall short in a 52-50 loss to Emory & Henry on Saturday afternoon.
Shenandoah, which trailed 38-14 early in the third quarter, rallied in the second half and had a chance to tie the game following Hayden Bauserman’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Justin Ayres with eight seconds to play. Bauserman’s 2-point conversion pass to Jake Wallace fell incomplete, preserving the Wasps’ 52-50 lead.
Following the failed 2-point conversion, SU (3-4, 1-3 ODAC) recovered an onside kick and took over at its own 41-yard line with six seconds remaining. Bauserman’s Hail Mary pass as time expired was intercepted by Emory & Henry (3-3, 2-2) receiver Jesse Santiago.
Bauserman completed 36 of 66 passes for 406 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss, moving into second place on the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s all-time list for career touchdown passes.
Shenandoah scored six touchdowns in 10 possessions after trailing by 24 points with 10:04 left in the third quarter, though the Hornets were undone in part by a pair of special teams miscues. SU missed a PAT kick and had a bad snap on a punt that resulted in the Wasps taking over at the SU 13 in the fourth quarter, setting up E&H’s game-clinching touchdown drive with 7:53 left.
The Hornets also lost a fumble on their first drive of the game and were penalized 10 times for 106 yards.
“We did not execute well enough to win,” head coach Scott Yoder is quoted in a news release from the school. “I am proud of the effort for the comeback but too many mistakes doomed us today.”
Ethan Bigbee had 14 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown for Shenandoah, matching the school record for receptions in a single game held by Michael Ashwell and current teammate Jake Wallace.
The Hornets’ defense, which gave up six passing touchdowns to E&H quarterback Hunter Taylor, allowed 508 yards.