WASHINGTON – The Husson University football defeated Gallaudet University 48-21 this afternoon in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) action at Gallaudet’s Hotchkiss Field.
Husson (6-1, 4-0 ECFC) wins its 11th straight ECFC game dating back to November 14, 2015 and the program’s second-ever victory over the Bison in Washington, D.C., while Gallaudet (2-5, 2-2 ECFC) drops its fourth consecutive game to the Eagles and the all-time series is now tied at 5-5.
John Smith carried the ball 23 times for 186 yards (8.1 yards per carry) with four rushing touchdowns and caught one pass for 40 yards.
Chuck Browne rushed 13 times for 53 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
Cory Brandon completed 18-of-25 pass attempts for 296 yards and a touchdown pass.
Kyle Gaudet led all receivers with a career high seven catches for career high 151-yards – the second most receiving yards in a single-game in program history – and a touchdown.
Kyree Calli had six catches on the afternoon 50 yards, both career highs.
Christian Mowrer led the Husson defense with nine tackles (7 solo) and one sack.
Elvin Suazo, Jr. added eight tackles (7 solo) and a sack.
Luke Washburn finished the day with five stops and his first career block punted.
Darrion Green led the Bison with 58 rushing yards on nine carries
Joell Dixon finished the game with 10 rushes for 56 yards
Mason Gooch led the Bison defense with 10 tackles
Louie Akuffo added nine tackles
After a scoreless first quarter, back-to-back rushing touchdowns by John Smith gave Husson a 14-0 lead before Gallaudet scored its first touchdown right before halftime when DeMichael Shelbon rumbled in from two yards out to cut the Eagles’ lead in half, 14-7.
Husson broke open the game with a 21-point third quarter behind two John Smith’s rushing touchdowns and a 70-yard touchdown strike by Cory Brandon to Kyle Gaudet at the 8:47 mark.
In the fourth the Bison scored on two touchdowns passes by Bryce Marion. The first one, a 24-yard passes to L.J. Watson and the second one, a 46-yard strike to RJ Randle, splitting two Eagle two-yard touchdown runs, by Chuck Browne and Jordan Marcano.
Husson had 575 yards of total offense while GU tallied 284 yards of offense
The Eagles did not make a punt in the game and also scored touchdowns on their first five possessions of the second half.
The Husson defense was particularly tough on third down, allowing the Bison to convert on just two of their 13 attempts (15%).
Husson will continue its road trip next Saturday by traveling to Paxton, Mass. for a 1:00 p.m. ECFC game with Anna Maria (1-6, 1-3 ECFC).
Gallaudet will close out its home schedule next Saturday, Oct. 28, at noon against Dean (3-3, 1-2 ECFC).