It was homecoming at Western Maryland College yesterday afternoon and a chance for the Green Terrors to forget all about their three-game losing streak.
When sophomore quarterback Brian Van Deusen threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Carmen Felus in the right corner of the end zone with a little more than five minutes remaining to give the Green Terrors a 13-point lead over Randolph-Macon, it appeared things were well in hand.
That wasn't the case. The Yellow Jackets scored 13 unanswered points in those final five minutes to come out of Bair Stadium with a 27-27 tie.
The only thing that went right for Western Maryland down the stretch came when kicker Tony Labrador missed the extra point after Randolph-Macon's final touchdown.
After Western Maryland (1-3-1) went up 27-14 late in the fourth quarter, Randolph-Macon (2-2-1) went on a five-play scoring drive that took 1 minute, 11 seconds jto get right back in the game.
Dexter Hurt started it with a 46-yard kickoff return to the Randolph-Macon 47. Quarterback Andy Bush then found wide receiver Garry Carter on two consecutive passes for a combined 46 yards to give the Yellow Jackets a first-and-goal on the Green Terrors' 7. Two plays later, Hurt scored on a 7-yard run to make it 27-21 with 3:52 left to play.
Randolph-Macon got the ball back with 2:37 left and wasted little time getting even with Bush dumping the ball off to Carter on an inside screen. Carter, who finished the day with eight catches for 194 yards, ran 66 yards for the touchdown. Labrador's extra point went wide right. Bush finished the day 14-for-30 for 305 yards and two interceptions.
"I thought we'd win the football game," said Western Maryland coach Tim Keating.
"We didn't come up with the win, which would have helped us a lot going into next week [at Dickinson]. But a loss would have been devastating and we didn't do that either. I'm proud of this football team. This was as good a team we played all year."
A key play late in the game came when Western Maryland tailback Rob Johnson had to leave the game with an injured foot on the drive that gave the Green Terrors their 27-14 lead. Johnson had carried the ball 20 times for 161 yards and a 61-yard, first-quarter touchdown.
Without Johnson, the Green Terrors were unable to move the ball and eat up the remaining time.
"They way Rob was running the football today, I say we win the football game if he's there," said Keating.
Randolph-Macon took a 7-0 lead on a 16-play, 72-yard opening drive, capped by Kerrell Bryant's 7-yard touchdown run.
Johnson and the Green Terrors got that back on the fourth play of the next series. The senior went right, spun from one defender and broke free for the 61-yard score.
Randolph Macon 7 0 7 13 -- 27
Western Maryland 7 7 0 13 -- 27