Hopkins leaves W. Maryland short in 14-14 tie Van Deusen stopped on Terror's last drive

November 12, 1995|By Drake Witham | Drake Witham,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Quarterback Brian Van Deusen picked up his Western Maryland teammates in bringing them back from a 14-point deficit, but he couldn't pick up a yard on the final play yesterday, and the game with Johns Hopkins ended in a 14-14 tie.

he season finale at Scott S. Bair Stadium in Westminster gave Johns Hopkins a 6-3-1 record, 4-2-1 in the Centennial Conference and Western Maryland a mark of 5-3-2 and 3-2- 2.

an Deusen scored on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter to tie the score, and with 1:35 remaining started driving the Green Terror again from its 47-yard line. Two completions moved the ball to the 36, but three plays later Western Maryland had fourth-and-one.

"We had to get the first down and I was going to go up the middle," Van Deusen said. The middle was clogged up, and when he tried to get to the outside he was stopped for no gain.

"It looked like he bobbled the snap a little bit," said Western Maryland coach Tim Keating. "With the pressure on, we just didn't come through."

Van Deusen did come through on a similar drive at the end of the first half. The Green Terror had gained just 19 yards passing when it started a drive from midfield. Van Deusen completed three of four passes for 31 yards and Scooter Banks scored on a 4-yard option play to make the score 14-7 with 36 seconds left in the half. Van Deusen completed 20 of 32 passes for 166 yards and finished his career with 7,239 passing yards, placing him in the top 20 for all-time Division III passing yards.

It didn't even look as if Western Maryland would have a chance in the early going. Johns Hopkins had the ball for 21 minutes in the first half with a ground game that picked up 120 yards on 35 attempts. The Blue Jays went on a 73-yard drive in the first quarter on the strength of sophomore fullback Don Zijack and the speed of tailback Hari Lymon. With the Green Terror looking run, quarterback Dan Redziniak faked a handoff and threw to wide-open tight end Pete Lambis for a 29-yard touchdown.

On its next drive, Johns Hopkins converted two fourth-down plays and Zijack finished the 15-play, 52-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run.

"The linemen did a great job and we felt confident at that point," said Zijack, who had 69 yards on 26 carries. "But they have a great quarterback and anything can happen when he's back there."

Fortunately for the Blue Jays, it didn't happen on the Green Terror's last play. Johns Hopkins' defense -- led by senior linebacker Victor Carter-Bey and sophomore Carl Cangelosi -- held Western Maryland to 41 yards on 25 carries.

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