W. Maryland upends Dickinson, 17-14 Dinh's 26-yard FG at :06 wins it

October 18, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Western Maryland sophomore Dung Dinh kicked a 26-yard field goal with six seconds left to give the Green Terrors a 17-14 win over four-time defending Centennial Football Conference champ Dickinson yesterday at Bair Stadium in Westminster.

With the win, the Green Terrors (5-1 overall, 4-0 in the CFC) took a giant step toward a first CFC title. The win also ended Dickinson's 11-game unbeaten streak in conference play.

"Our kids showed a tremendous amount of H-E-A-R-T out there today," said Western Maryland coach Dale Sprague.

"We beat a damn good football team in Dickinson, but there's still a lot of season left."

The Green Terrors led 14-6 with 3 minutes left in the game when Dickinson (5-1, 2-1 in the CFC) blocked a Paul McCord punt and recovered on the Green Terrors' 8-yard line.

On third-and-goal at the 3, Dickinson quarterback Stu James recovered his own fumble and ran around the right side to cut the lead to 14-12. He ran around the same corner on the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14 with 1:39 left.

With only one timeout, the Green Terrors took over at their 36. They mostly stayed on the ground with a 12-yard run from Mark Vergalito and 13- and 14-yard carries from Rob Johnson.

"We were definitely thinking win. We knew they'd be playing the pass so we stayed on the ground," Sprague said.

They used their final timeout with 15 seconds left and the ball on the Dickinson 15. McCord then looked for Pat Bonner in the end zone when Dickinson cornerback Mike Lawlor was called for interference -- setting the stage for Dinh's heroics.

"That was some serious pressure," said Dinh, who earlier in the fourth missed a 37-yard attempt.

"I didn't get under the first one so I just thought I have to make this."

Western Maryland opened the scoring with 9:36 left in the first half when Johnson ran 13 yards up the middle for his 12th rushing touchdown of the season. Johnson finished the day with yards on 44 carries to go over the 1,000-yard mark this season.

Dinh converted on the extra point to make it 7-0.

Dickinson answered less than 2 minutes later when Jon Rubin got outside and ran 21 yards for the touchdown. The extra point failed and Western Maryland led 7-6 at the half.

The Green Terrors defense and special teams was the story in the second half. Derrick Ray recovered a fumble off a McCord punt at the Dickinson 14-yard line with 5:28 left in the third quarter.

On fourth down and three at the Dickinson seven, McCord scored on an option to make it 14-6.

"You have to give the kids credit on that call," Sprague said.

"It was a short side play, and Robby [Johnson] and McCord had a great fake. They said it would be there and it was."

The Western Maryland defense only allowed Dickinson 139 yards and four first downs on the ground for the entire game. Coming in, the Red Devils averaged 349 rushing yards in its first two conference wins. In the second half, Dickinson didn't get into Western Maryland territory offensively until the 5:35 mark of the fourth quarter.

"We have a lot of faith in our defense and you have to give them a lot of credit. Holding Dickinson to 14 points is really saying something," Sprague said.

Nose guard Adam Gregori led the way with a fumble recovery, four solo tackles and assisted on eight others.

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