Wolverine senior quarterback Steve Lacinski completed eight passes for 125 yards, including five for 96 yards in the second half as the Wolverines rung up 317 yards of total offense.
Bowers inks another NCAA record in 38-17 loss at W&J
WASHINGTON, PA, October 7, 2000--R.J. Bowers' (West Middlesex, PA/West Middlesex) streak of consecutive 100-yard games hit magic number 31 on Saturday, but it was 31 unanswered points that led Washington & Jefferson to a 38-17 victory over visiting Grove City at chilly Cameron Stadium.
Bowers rushed for 133 yards on 31 carries to tie the NCAA record for consecutive 100-yards games set by two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin of Ohio State over the 1973-75 seasons. The 6-2, 238-pound fullback also moved into second place on the NCAA's all-divisions rushing list with 6,544 career yards. Bowers needs 415 yards to break the all-time record of 6,958 career rushing yards held by Emporia State's Brian Shay (1995-98).
Grove City struck first on the game's opening possession when senior Ben Shreve nailed a 32-yard field goal, capping a 13-play, 64-yard drive that chewed up over six minutes.
However, Washington & Jefferson took the lead for good on its first drive when quarterback Brian Dawson connected with wide receiver Ryan Silvis on a 47-yard touchdown pass, putting the Presidents ahead 7-3 after one quarter.
The Presidents tacked on 17 points in the second stanza to lead 24-3 at halftime and opened the second half with their fourth TD of the day to widen the gap to 31-3.
Grove City hit paydirt midway through the third quarter when Bowers ran into the end zone from 12 yard out. He added a 1-yard TD plunge in the fourth, giving him 502 career points -- third-best in NCAA history.
Wolverine senior quarterback Steve Lacinski (New Kensington, PA/Valley) completed 8 of 16 passes for 125 yards. Junior Todd Gibson (Warren, OH/Champion) hauled in three passes for 40 yards, while senior Jake Dailey (Karns City, PA/Karns City) recorded his first two receptions of the season for 35 yards.
Senior Brock McCullough (Spruce, PA/Purchase Line) intercepted his second pass of the year as the Wolverines held Dawson to 12-of-21 passing for 179 yards, 145 yards under his season average.
W&J outgained Grove City in total offense, 490-317.
Bowers accounted for 251 all-purpose yards on the afternoon with a nine-yard catch and 109 yards on five kickoff returns. He moved into fourth place on the NCAA's all-divisions list with 8,396 career all-purpose yards.
Shreve boomed a career-long 68-yard punt early in the second quarter which set the Presidents back to their two-yard line.
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