HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA -- Hampden-Sydney held off a fourth quarter rally by Randolph-Macon to take a 31-28 decision over the Yellow Jackets in the 116th edition of "The Game".
Randolph-Macon closes out the 2010 season with a 7-3 record. The Jackets' seven victories are the second most by the program since the 1998 season. The Yellow Jackets also secure their fourth straight winning season since 1995-98.
R-MC took advantage of a pair of H-SC special teams miscues to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Following a fumbled punt by the Tigers, Thaddeus Scruggs scored on a four-yard plunge to give R-MC a 7-0 advantage with 7:48 to go in the first stanza.
After forcing H-SC to punt on its next possession, the Jackets' David Fetter blocked the Tiger punt, the ball went into the end zone were Will McGee landed on it and to give R-MC a 14-0.
The score remained that way until just over nine minutes left if the first half when H-SC scored would proved be the first of 28 unanswered points on a Travis Lane one yard quarterback sneak.
The Jackets rallied late in the third quarter, driving 76 yards on 14 plays, cutting the Tigers' lead to 28-21 on a four-yard scamper by Scruggs with just under two minutes to go in the third.
The Tigers got the ball back and drove down to the Yellow Jackets 20 yard line before the drive stalled and David Pirzzia made 37 yard field goal on the first play of the final quarter.
With 10 minutes to play in the game, the R-MC offense took over and drove down to the H-SC 12 yard line but its drive stalled and were forced to kick a 33 yard field goal that missed.
The Randolph-Macon defense got the ball back for the offense, which promptly drove 62 yards on 11 plays, scoring on a six yard run by quarterback Greg Petrohovich with 49 seconds remaining in the game, making the score 31-28.
That would be as close as R-MC would get as its onside kick attempt was recovered by H-SC.
H-SC out gained R-MC 381 to 309 in total yardage on the day. Petrohovich was 18-of-34 for 199 yards in his first collegiate start. The Yellow Jackets rushed for 110 yards as a team, led by Drake Sanders' 55 yards on the ground.
Lane finished the day for H-SC 28-for-45 for 299 yards and one score through the air.