Sunday, September 28, 2014

Big plays provided separation on Saturday night, but one in particular changed the game's feel

As was expected, there was no shortage of those electrifying plays that come all the more frequently when Wofford goes into a tilt against a smaller team.

The Terriers' first two possessions ended with big plays, namely a 44-yard touchdown run by Octavius Harden and a 43-yard connection from Evan Jacks to freshman Bryce Motes.

However, a particular play stands out.

It didn't go for a massive amount of yards; it didn't even score a touchdown.

But in the context of last night's matchup with Division II UVA-Wise, it was a huge play.

After being stymied near midfield during their first offensive series of the second half, the Terrier defense gave up a touchdown that effectively cut the Highland Cavaliers' deficit to a mere thirteen points.

It looked like it may have gotten closer, if not for what happened on Wofford's ensuing drive.

Following a nice 16-yard rush by Octavius Harden, the Terriers again found themselves in an undesirable predicament: third down and eleven at their own 42 yard line.

Evan Jacks, however, connected with tight end Zach Muller for a strong 37-yard completion that set up a quick touchdown.

With that, the Terriers didn't look back, but instead scored two more touchdowns and defensively stopped up a few UVA-Wise drives.

That momentum shift is something that won't show up in the box score, but it had a impact bigger than you might have imagined.

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