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2010-2111 Gonzaga Bulldogs
2010 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Week 4 - @ Phoenix
Gaddis Leads Phoenix Over Gonzaga
Gonzaga traveled to Phoenix Friday night looking to stay perfect and avenge last season's trouncing by their WAC nemesis. The game couldn't have begun in a less auspicious fashion, with Heisman winner Daniel Hansen punishing the Gonzaga D on the first drive which culminated in a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Bulldog return man Jeff Mosby beat the coverage and was past midfield with one man to beat. Unfortunately that man was freshman linebacker Alex Hagen.
Hagen caught up with Mosby and violently wrenched the ball from his hands a split second before his knee hit the turf. Phoenix recovered and before long Hansen was dancing in the endzone.
Mosby somewhat redeemed himself on the next drive, catching a 13-yard TD pass from Jonathan Russell to end the first quarter. the pace of the came began to pick up, with Phoenix scoring 18 seconds later and Gonzaga 47 seconds after that. Gonzaga then tied the game but allowed Phoenix to find the endzone, too. Gonzaga mounted a heroic drive, looking to go into half tied, but poor clock management lead to time running out with Gonzaga deep in Phoenix territory.
The third quarter was relatively quiet in terms of the score, with only Phoenix scoring. There were two HUGE plays in the period, however, one a turning point in this game and the other an injury blow the effects of which will be felt for some time. First, Stephen Smith picked off a pass by Russell in the endzone after Gonzaga had marched down inside the 10. Soon afterward, Heisman-winner Daniel Hansen went down after a brutal collision, not to return.
But Gonzaga was not able to capitalize on the demise of Phoenix's talismanic tailback, as they came up empty-handed on two onside kicks and finished 7-points short of their foes, 49-42.
Players of the Game:
QB John Gaddis 27-33, 404 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
2nd-String HB James Stanley 14 carries, 114 yards, 2 TD, 2 rec 21 yards
Nice summary. That was a great game to play all around. I had a feeling that fumble on the kick return was going to be the deciding factor.
Being down 14-0 before running any plays on offense is a bit demoralizing. But yeah, it was a great game.
Zags Snatch One From Outlaws in 2OT
The fans in Spokane were treated to one for the history books Thursday night as their hometown Bulldogs outlasted the Las Vegas State Outlaws in double OT.
The Outlaws struck first after marching down the field in less that 2 minutes, giving themselves a lead that they would hold into the fourth quarter. Gonzaga's offense moved the ball on their opening drive, with QB Jonathan Russel finding his TE Michael Britton with a 10 yd pass. Vegas State picked up where they left off with another long drive capped by a touchdown. The highlight of the first half belonged to Gonzaga's WR Jeff Mosby who returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter.
Gonzaga was unable to muster much defense in the first half, as Las Vegas State scored touchdowns on 5 of their possessions, taking a 35-24 lead into halftime.
Gonzaga came out of the halftime locker room fired up and drove all the way down the field in less that 90 seconds for the score. SS Danny Lamb picked off a pass by QB Joe Kingman, giving Gonzaga's offense another opportunity which they converted into a TD. LV State righted themselves at this point, however, and scored 10 points to close the third quarter. The fourth quarter was a tense one, with Gonzaga grinding away with their running game and keeping their opponents off the score board. They managed one touchdown on the ground to tie the game, but were unable to win it when a last-second 55-yd field goal came up (predictably) short.
Gonzaga won the OT coin toss and elected to play defense. A couple short passes and a facemask call later, Las Vegas was in the endzone, putting the pressure on Russel and the Gonzaga O. They responded, as Russell found a wide open WR Quinton Bellamy in the endzone, just beating the blitz.
The Bulldogs fed their running backs in the second OT and Russell punched it in himself from the 2 despite getting hit in the backfield trying to execute the called play, which was a pitch to the halfback.
The possession went back to the Outlaw offense, which came back onto the field confidently, having already put up 52 points on their hosts. On second down Gonzaga threw a change up, dropping 9 players back into coverage. They guessed right as Las Vegas State had called a pass play and impact MLB Mark Leonard made the interception to seal the victory.
Players of the Game:
Las Vegas State
QB Rod Tidwell 6 rec, 95 yards, 3 TD
QB Jonathan Russell 13-19, 237 yards, 3 TD
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