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Panthers Upset Randolph-Macon 28-23 on the Road

Brian Mann had 180 yards rushing and two scores in today's ODAC road win..
Brian Mann had 180 yards rushing and two scores in today's ODAC road win..


ASHLAND, Va. -- Brian Mann had 180 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead Ferrum College to a 28-23 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football road win over Randolph-Macon College this afternoon at Day Field.

Ferrum (5-3, 3-3 ODAC)
Randolph-Macon (7-2, 5-1 ODAC)

Chris Vidal got the Yellow Jackets on the scoreboard first with a 28-yard field at 8:33 of the first quarter. Mann scored his first touchdown, a one-yard run, at 3:28 of the first to give the Panthers a short-lived 7-3 lead. Eric Hoy plunged in from 11 yards out to open the second quarter, putting R-MC back out in front 10-7.

Five plays into the next drive, Mann took a handoff at Ferrum's 25 yards line and scampered 75 yards for the score to give the Panthers a 14-10 lead, one they would never relinquish. Quentin Wallace hauled in a 25-yard scoring strike from Zack Clifford at 4:29 of the second and the lead was 21-10.

The Yellow Jackets scored on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Burke Estes to Owen Ritter with 1:25 left in the first half and Ferrum held a 21-17 lead at the break. Clifford then capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive at 9:46 of the third quarter with a three-yard touchdown run to extend Ferrum's lead to 28-17. Tre Frederick closed out scoring with a five-yard run with 2:49 left in regulation for the host Yellow Jackets.

Ferrum: Mann 32 att, 180 yds, 2 TD; Clifford 11-20 passing, 72 yds;
           Zach Bullard 10 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 interception; Jaquice Sydnor 10 tackles
Randolph-Macon: Frederick 31 att, 124 yds,TD; Estes 18-27 passing, 215 yds, TD, int;
           Ritter 5 rec, 80 yds, TD; Chris Whitehead 9 tackles, 1 TFL

Coach Rob Grande's team will host Bridgewater College Saturday, Nov. 10. The ODAC game is slated for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff as the Panthers celebrate Senior Day.