Nov. 22, 2008

Courtesy Wabash Athletics

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Wes Chamblee hauled in a 52-yard Matt Hudson pass with 48 seconds to play to give Wabash a come-from-behind 20-17 playoff win at Case Western University Saturday. The Little Giants will be home next week to host Wheaton.

Player and coaches comments along with photo albums will be added throughout the evening.

Case had taken a 17-13 lead with just 1:52 to play before the Hudson-to-Chamblee heroics. But even that spectacular exclamation point to the playoff win would not have been possible without a similar hookup the prior play.

Wabash was trailing by three and facing a fourth-and-15 at its own 27. Hudson calmly found Chamblee breaking across the middle for 21 yards. The duo then connected for the game winner.

Chamblee, who had 8 catches for 171 yards, caught the ball on the 35 and then broke to his right and the corner of the endzone.

The Wabash defense, which played well all day chased Case quarterback Dan Whalen for a 24-yard sack on the second play of the final series. That effectively ended any chance of a Case comeback.

The win was a big bounce back emotionally for the Little Giants, coming off their only loss of the season. Wabash (10-1) earns a home playoff game.

The Wabash defense held high-scoring Case in check until the fourth quarter. Wabash was clinging to a 6-3 lead when Adrian Frederick intercepted a Whalen pass at the Case 27. The Little Giants then pounded Evan Sobecki right at the line on four straight runs which ended with a two-yard score, 13-3.

Then Case, which saw its perfect season ended last year by the Little Giants, put up two fourth quarter touchdowns to take the 17-13 lead.

The offense did what it had to do in the fourth quarter, while the defense dominated at times. Rich Lehman had 11 tackles while Bryan Watson added eight. Jared Lange, Derrin Slack, and Darryl Kennon each had six stops.

Wabash recorded five sacks on the mobile Whalen. Kennon and Lange, in particular, spent considerable time chasing Whalen in his own backfield.

Case took the opening kickoff and put a 31-yard Sam Coffey field goal on the board. The Trojans made that stand into the second half. Wabash opened the second half with a seven play, 60-yard drive that ended in a score.

The touchdown came when Hudson hit tight end Scott Liska for an 18-yard score. The big tight end broke a couple of tackles before rumbling into the endzone, 6-3.

Hudson hit on 19of-31 passes for 267 yards. He was sacked four times but had two touchdowns. Sobecki ran the ball 18 times for 87 yards.

The Little Giants ran the ball 37 times for 87 net yards while Case could manage only 64 on the ground.