Gallaudet's historic season ends in NCAA first round

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GENEVA, N.Y. – All great stories must come to an end and on a frigid Saturday afternoon the hottest story in college football, the past three weeks, saw the Gallaudet University football team conclude its magical season with a 34-7 loss to No. 7 Hobart College in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division III championship.

Gallaudet wraps up a historic season with a 9-2 record, its first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament, its first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference title and national media exposure usually reserved for larger NCAA Division I programs. The Bison tie the school record with nine wins in a season and set a program record with 11 games played in a season and an 11-game win streak set earlier this season.

Hobart senior running back Steven Webb ran for a team high 161 yards and three touchdowns, to set the Statesmen single-season rushing touchdown record (20). Webb put the game away with a 58-yard scamper on the first play of the third quarter as Hobart (10-0) increased its lead to 34-0 at Boswell Field. Webb scored the game's first touchdown at 6:28 in the first quarter and added his second midway through the second quarter.

"Hats off to Hobart College, they are a very good football team. We showed up and gave them our best effort and we fell a little bit short," said Gallaudet coach Chuck Goldstein. "The important part is our players never quit. This is a learning experience for me and for the program."

The Bison hung tough in the first half but a key turnover changed the momentum of the game. Gallaudet marched into Hobart's terriortory to the 43-yard line down one score just two minutes into the second quarter. Sophomore quarterback Quentin Williams (Chesapeake, Va.) dropped back and Hobart defensive end Tyre Coleman jarred the ball loose near midfield. Hobart linebacker Devin Worthington scooped up the fumble and rumbled 48 yards into the end zone as the Statesmen led 13-0 at the 12:49 mark.

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