The kicking game ended up being what kicked Randolph-Macon in the backside in "The Game" Saturday for the ODAC Championship. A missed extra point, and two missed field goals, put the Jackets in a come-from-behind position the entire second half. And when they needed special teams to come through, they came up short.
After a Will McGhee touchdown run cut the Hampden-Sydney lead to 28-26 with 1:35 left, the Jackets were stopped on their two-point conversion. But a personal foul penalty by the Tigers gave the Jackets new life. They opted, from the 1 1/4 yard line, to run the same play that netted the touchdown from 2 yards out two plays ago. McGhee was stood up short.
The Tigers won the game, 28-26 and with it, "The Game" Ball Trophy and the ODAC Championship.
Randolph-Macon finishes 2013 with a 7-3 record. Will McGhee had 198 yards rushing to break the single-season rushing record at Randolph-Macon with 1,676 yards. But he and his coach would trade it all in for some of those seven missed points on special teams.
"As gut-wrenching of a loss as this is for me, I feel much worse for our seniors," Randolph-Macon head coach Pedro Aruzza said after the game. "But let's call a spade a spade. We didn't make plays."
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After upsetting #3 ranked Christopher Newport to open their 2013-14 season Friday night, Randolph-Macon completed a 2-0 start in their own Tip-Off Classic with a 92-70 win over Rutgers-Newark.
Taylor Huber led the Jackets with 21 points, with Katie Anderson and Sarah Parsons adding 19 apiece.
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