LEXINGTON — Shenandoah University’s football team ended a season on a winning note for the first time since 2013 with a 27-24 overtime win at Washington and Lee on Saturday.
The Hornets (5-5, 3-4 Old Dominion Athletic Conference), who trailed 21-6 in the fourth quarter, rallied behind a pair of touchdowns in the final 9:38 of regulation and salvaged their third straight non-losing season with Rashadeen Byrd Jr.’s 6-yard touchdown run in overtime.
“A come from behind win on the road,” Hornets head coach Scott Yoder is quoted in a news release from the school. “There is nothing better than that and I am so happy for our program and especially the seniors.”
Shenandoah’s comeback began when quarterback Hayden Bauserman hit Jalen Hudson for a 17-yard TD pass to cap an 82-yard drive with 9:38 left in the fourth quarter. After the Hornets forced a W&L three-and-out, SU’s offense got the ball back with 1:02 left and needed just three plays and 21 seconds to find the end zone.
Bauserman found Casey Stewart for a 49-yard touchdown pass to pull SU within 2 points and, after a timeout, the senior QB connected with Jake Wallace for the tying 2-point conversion.
W&L missed a 45-yard field goal at the end of regulation and had to settle for 3 points in overtime after Shenandoah’s defense stuffed a second-down run from the 5-yard line and forced a third-down incompletion.
The Hornets needed just three plays to find the end zone for the winning score, with Byrd carrying on the final two plays for a total of 16 yards.
Bauserman completed 40 of 59 passes for 335 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in his final college game and ended his senior season 355-of-555 passing for 3,832 yards and 43 touchdowns (all new ODAC and SU single-season records).
Stewart’s TD catch was his 15th of the season, breaking Shenandoah’s previous single-season mark of 14 set by Rico Wallace in 2011.
Wallace had 13 receptions for 102 yards in the win and Ethan Bigbee caught a 3-yard TD pass in the second quarter, his fourth touchdown grab over the last four games.
Shenandoah outgained W&L 424-307 and held the Generals without a pass completion on seven attempts. Linebacker Tyler Williams led the Hornets with 17 tackles (13 solo).