Written by Chris Pendleton
BABSON PARK, Fla.—The Southern Virginia University football team suffered its worst loss of the season at Webber International University on Saturday afternoon falling to the Warriors 63-6.
After beginning the season 0-5, Webber (3-6) had won two of its last three games coming into Saturday's matchup with Southern Virginia (3-6; 1-6 NAIA) and jumped out to a 0-21 lead over the Knights less than five minutes into the first quarter.
Southern Virginia's only score of the day came on a 4-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) to sophomore wide receiver Brick Wilce (Willow Springs, Mo.) capping off a 12-play, 64-yard drive making the score 6-21 with 5:11 left in the opening quarter.
The Knights would not score again, however, as Webber would roll off 42 unanswered points on route to a 57-point victory over Southern Virginia.
Stevenson completed 19 of his 37 passing attempts for 170 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception on the afternoon, while Webber's primary quarterback, Chris Hart, went 23-of-33 for 405 yards, six touchdowns and one interception.
Freshman running back Jerry Washington (Gloucester, Va.), who set a single-game Southern Virginia football record last Saturday when he rushed for five touchdowns against George Mason Club, eclipsed the century mark for the third time this season with 101 rushing yards on 23 carries.
Southern Virginia finished just below its season average with 392 yards of total offense—the Knights are averaging 416.2 total offensive yards per game this season—while Webber tallied a season-high 487 total offensive yards against the Knights.
With Saturday's victory, Webber moves to 4-0 all-time against Southern Virginia as the Warriors have defeated the Knights in each of the past four seasons.
Southern Virginia football has completed it road schedule for the 2011 season and will return home to Buena Vista, for its final two games of the year.
The first of two consecutive home games will be against the Edward Waters College Tigers—the Knights' second straight opponent from the NAIA—on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. Southern Virginia is 2-0 all-time against Edwards Waters, having defeated the Tigers 34-6 in 2006 and 49-46 in 2007.
For the Knights' final game of the 2011 season, Southern Virginia will host fellow USCAA school, Ave Maria University, for Senior Night on Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.
Ave Maria is entering its inaugural season of football with Head Coach Bill Fagan at the helm. Fagan has coached successfully at the NCAA Division I and II levels, including his last stop as offensive coordinator at Hillsdale College (NCAA Division II). Southern Virginia will look to end its season on a high note with a win over Ave Maria in the final home game for the 2011 seniors.
Listen to audio of both games on the Southern Virginia Athletics online broadcasting portal.