October 27, 2012

Ausherman's Heroics Lift Methodist Over LaGrange, 26-23, in OT

More news about: Methodist

LaGRANGE, Ga. -- Cody Ausherman tied the school record with four field goals, including the game-tying and game-winning efforts, and Vaughn Cross became the school's all-time leader in touchdown receptions as the Methodist football team rallied for a 26-23 OT win at LaGrange on Saturday afternoon.

Ausherman made good on all four of his field goal attempts, including a game-tying  45-yarder as time expired in regulation to force overtime, and a 23-yard game-winner in overtime as MU rallied from a pair of 10-point second-half deficits to snap a three-game losing streak. 

Cross had touchdown receptions of eight and 23 yards, giving him 16 for his career and moving him past Len Bellamy '98 into sole possession of first place all-time for the Monarchs.

After a Will Jeffcoat 20-yard field goal gave the Panthers a 23-13 lead with 7:18 left in the game, Methodist got the ball back following punts by both teams at their own 9-yard line with 5:15 to play. The Monarchs moved the ball 91 yards in eight plays and needed only 2:15 to do so as Max Reber connected with Cross for a touchdown from 23 yards out. Ausherman's PAT made it 23-20 with 3:04 on the clock.

Following a failed onside kick, the Panthers' Kent Gibson rushed four straight times, including gaining just one yard on a crucial 4th-and-4, to give possession back over to the Monarchs on their own 36 with 57 seconds in the game. Following a sack for a loss of seven yards on 2nd-and 10, Reber hit Adam Thomas for a 20-yard gain on 3rd-and-17 to move the ball out to near midfield. Reber then found Thomas for 16 yards on the next play and following a final 7-yard game, Ausherman trotted onto the field for the game-tying 45-yard field goal as time expired.

In overtime, LaGrange started with the ball and on 3rd-and10, Keltcey Richardson sacked LC's Ed Russ for a loss of nine yards back to the MU 34-yard line that set up a 51-yard field goal try by Jeffcoat that came up short of the mark.

On the Monarchs' first possession, Reber rushed for five yards on first down, followed by a 17-yard gain by John Flanagan to the LaGrange 3-yard line. After a pair of run plays put MU in a 3rd-and-goal from the six, Ausherman came on and made good from 23 yards out to seal the dramatic win.

In the first period, Russ gave the Panthers an early 7-0 lead with an 85-yard run at the 6:30 mark of the first quarter. Methodist tied the game at 7-7 when Cross caught his record breaking touchdown, an 8-yarder from Reber at the 9:51 mark of the second quarter. A 37-yard field goal by Ausherman with 6:38 to play in the opening half gave MU a 10-7 lead.

LaGrange answered with a 22-yard run to paydirt by Kent Gibson 4:13 before the break and stretched its lead to 20-10 in the third quarter on a pair of short Jeffcoat field goals.  Ausherman pulled the Monarchs back to within a touchdown (20-13) with his second field goal, a 34-yard effort just 12 seconds into the final stanza to set up the dramatic finish.

The two defenses combined to allow just 452 yards of total offense in the game while recording a total of 11 sacks in the contest. LaGrange finished with 205 yards on the ground, 85 of them on Russ' long scoring run, and MU held the Panthers to just 45 yards passing for 250 yards total. MU also sacked Russ four times and picked him off once. The Panther defense limited the Monarchs to 35 net yards rushing and gave up 167 through the air while sacking Reber seven times and picking him off two times.

Reber finished 18-of-33 for 167 yards through the air with the two touchdowns and two interceptions. Thomas, Cross and James Bevans all caught four balls from Reber, with Thomas gaining a game-high 59 yards receiving. Darius Page led the Monarchs with 29 yards rushing, all of them coming on one carry.

Defensively, Bryan Bing posted a career-high 17 tackles , including 3.5 for loss to lead the Monarchs. M.J. Bryant added 10 tackles (2.0 TFL) and Richardson and Brad Wade finished with five tackles and 2.0 sacks apiece. Wade now has 10.5 sacks on the season, the second-most in a single season at MU, and is within striking distance of the single-season record of 14 set by Quincy Malloy '02 in 2001.

For the Panthers, Russ finished with 141 yards on the ground on 20 carries, while Gibson was limited to 63 yards on 26 carries. Russ also completed 7-of-18 passes with an interception for a total of 45 yards.

Andre Carter led LaGrange with 12 tackles, including 3.5 for loss and a sack, while also adding a forced fumble and an interception. Justin McIntyre had 2.0 sacks among his four tackles and added a forced fumble as well.

The Monarchs are back in action on Saturday when they host Averett at 1:00 pm.

Sep. 30: All times Eastern
6:30 PM
Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
Preview Live Stats
6:30 PM
Emory and Henry at Washington and Lee
Video Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
Oct. 1: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Massachusetts Maritime at Fitchburg State
Preview Preview Live Stats
12:00 PM
Becker at Gallaudet
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Hobart
Video Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
RPI at Rochester
Video Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Endicott at MIT
Video Video Preview Live Stats
12:00 PM
Juniata at Johns Hopkins
1:00 PM
Montclair State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
Hamilton at Wesleyan
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Bates at Tufts
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wabash at Hiram
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Middlebury at Colby
Video
1:00 PM
Amherst at Bowdoin
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Frostburg State at Kean
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kenyon at DePauw
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Greensboro
Video Preview Live Stats
1:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Methodist
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Wilkes
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Anna Maria at Castleton
Video Live Stats Tickets
1:00 PM
Moravian at Ursinus
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Stevenson at Misericordia
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Springfield at St. Lawrence
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Westminster (Pa.)
1:00 PM
Alma at Kalamazoo
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Dickinson
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wesley at Southern Virginia
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Adrian at Albion
1:00 PM
Husson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Apprentice at Alfred State
Video Preview Live Stats
1:00 PM
TCNJ at Salisbury
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Buffalo State at St. John Fisher
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Salve Regina at Curry
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Gettysburg
Video Preview Live Stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Lebanon Valley
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Denison
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Utica at Ithaca
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Alfred at Morrisville State
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Western New England at Nichols
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
King's at Albright
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Catholic at Guilford
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Susquehanna
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Trine
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Huntingdon at N.C. Wesleyan
Video Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at MacMurray
1:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at Chicago
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Crown
1:30 PM
Oberlin at Allegheny
Video Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Mount Ida at Norwich
Video Live Stats
1:30 PM
Trinity (Conn.) at Williams
Video Preview Live Stats
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Marietta
Video Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Heidelberg
Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Union at WPI
Video Live Stats
1:30 PM
Maine Maritime at Coast Guard
Video Preview Live Stats
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Wilmington
Video Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Ohio Northern
Video Preview Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Franklin at Manchester
Preview Live Stats
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Hanover
Video Live Stats
1:30 PM
Widener at Lycoming
Video Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Defiance at Earlham
Video Preview Live Stats
2:00 PM
Capital at Otterbein
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Plymouth State at Westfield State
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Wittenberg at Wooster
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Anderson at Rose-Hulman
Video Preview Preview Live Stats
2:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Bridgewater
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Waynesburg at Grove City
2:00 PM
Cortland at Hartwick
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Centre at Hendrix
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Greenville
Video
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Iowa Wesleyan
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Lakeland
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Rockford at Benedictine
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Aurora at Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Nebraska Wesleyan at Luther
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Sewanee
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Lake Forest at St. Norbert
Video
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Gustavus Adolphus
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Hamline at Carleton
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. John's at Bethel
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at UW-Platteville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Loras
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Hardin-Simmons
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lawrence
2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wartburg at Coe
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Central
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
McMurry at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Augustana
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Macalester at Ripon
2:00 PM
Grinnell at Illinois College
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Howard Payne at Louisiana College
Audio
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at UW-La Crosse
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
Video Live Stats
2:10 PM
Augsburg at St. Thomas
Video Live Stats
3:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Thiel
Video Live Stats
3:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Morthland
Video
3:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Martin Luther
3:00 PM
Carthage at Carroll
Video Live Stats
3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Willamette at Puget Sound
Video Video Preview Live Stats Audio
4:00 PM
Whittier at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
Pacific at Pacific Lutheran
Video Live Stats Live Stats
4:30 PM
Lewis and Clark at Linfield
Video Live Stats Audio
5:00 PM
Framingham State at Mass-Dartmouth
Video Live Stats
5:00 PM
Averett at LaGrange
Live Stats
5:00 PM
Whitworth at George Fox
Video Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Olivet at Hope
Video Preview Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
6:00 PM
Bethany at Carnegie Mellon
Video Preview Preview Preview Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
St. Vincent at Case Western Reserve
Video Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Rowan
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
6:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Berry at Washington U.
Video Video Preview Preview Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
North Park at Millikin
10:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at Chapman
Video Live Stats Tickets
10:00 PM
La Verne at Cal Lutheran
Video Preview Live Stats
10:00 PM
Occidental at Redlands
Video Preview Live Stats Audio
Oct. 1: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Hobart
Video Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Juniata at Johns Hopkins
1:00 PM
TCNJ at Salisbury
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Westminster (Pa.)
1:00 PM
Wabash at Hiram
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Buffalo State at St. John Fisher
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Stevenson at Misericordia
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Springfield at St. Lawrence
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Huntingdon at N.C. Wesleyan
Video Video Live Stats
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Ohio Northern
Video Preview Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Franklin at Manchester
Preview Live Stats
2:00 PM
Wittenberg at Wooster
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at UW-Platteville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. John's at Bethel
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
McMurry at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Hardin-Simmons
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Central
Video Live Stats Audio
2:10 PM
Augsburg at St. Thomas
Video Live Stats
3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
4:30 PM
Lewis and Clark at Linfield
Video Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Rowan
Video Live Stats Audio Audio