College Football Final – Hampden-Sydney 68, Guilford 24

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Sophomore Nash Nance passed for 309 yards and five touchdowns in Hampden-Sydney College’s 68-24 Old Dominion Athletic Conference win over visiting Guilford College Saturday.

The Tigers’ fourth straight win sets up a Nov. 3 showdown with Washington and Lee University, a 41-14 winner over Catholic University of America Saturday. The teams share first place in the ODAC with 4-1 league records and play next Saturday in Lexington, Va. The Quakers’ first loss in three games bounced them out of a tie for first place in the league.

Hampden-Sydney (6-2, 4-1 ODAC) scored on 10-of-11 possessions, including its first nine. Nance threw touchdowns of 10 and 38 yards to Holton Walker on back-to-back first-quarter drives, which opened a 25-0 Tigers’ lead.

Guilford (4-4, 3-2 ODAC) picked up its initial first down late in the first quarter and got on the scoreboard on Tyler Hunt’s career-long 39-yard field goal to start the second quarter. Nance threw his fourth touchdown of the half and Evan King scored on a two-yard touchdown to give the hosts a 40-10 halftime lead.

The Quakers started the second half with a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive capped by rookie quarterback Matt Pawlowski’s (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) second touchdown run of the game, a one-yard sneak. The Tigers’ answered on the ensuing possession with Nance’s six-yard shovel pass to King for a score, followed by another two-yard scoring run by King, which made it 54-17 after three quarters.

Nance, a transfer from the University of Tennessee, matched his personal best with five touchdown passes. He completed 22-of-35 passes without an interception before giving way in the third quarter to rookie Kyle Farlow (Sophia, N.C./Randleman). Walker finished with 10 grabs for 170 yards and two touchdowns, all game highs. King gained 95 rushing yards on 21 carries and caught six passes for 52 yard and a touchdown. Reserve Brady Macko carried
10 times for a game-best 103 rushing yards, 65 of which came on a fourth-quarter touchdown run.

Guilford’s Pawlowski completed 22-of-36 passes for 242 yards, but no touchdowns for the first time in his eight-game career. He also ran for two touchdowns, a personal best. Classmate Adam Smith (Mocksville, N.C./Davie County) made seven catches for 108 yards and Mike Williams (Mebane, N.C./Orange) led the Quakers’ rushers with 41 yards on seven carries. Sophomore Satiir Stevenson made a game-high 13 tackles on defense.

Guilford closes its home schedule next Saturday (11/3) versus Catholic on Senior Day at Appenzeller Field in the Armfield Athletic Center. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.