For the second straight week, the Elon University showed some life in the second half but fell short, this time a 17-7 decision to No. 24 College of William & Mary Nov. 8 in Williamsburg, Virginia.
William & Mary (6-4, 3-3) took a 17-0 lead into halftime after a pair of rushing touchdowns by junior Mikal Adbul-Saboor and sophomore Kendell Anderson and a 32-yard field goal by senior John Carpenter with 11 seconds left in the half.
With just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter, senior quarterback Mike Quinn capped off a six-play, 75-yard drive with a 26-yard yard strike to sophomore Demitri Allison to make it 17-7.
On the ensuing possession, junior Marquise Wright came up big for Elon’s special teams unit with a field goal block.
With the help of two William & Mary penalties, the Phoenix drove deep into Tribe territory on the next possession. After two completions finished short of the goal line, Quinn’s pass intended for senior Kierre Brown sailed out of the end zone on third-and-goal.
Looking to cut the Tribe lead to seven points, John Gallagher lined up for a chip shot field goal but was blocked by William & Mary, the Colonial Athletic Association leader in that category.
Elon falls to 1-9 and 0-6 in the CAA with the loss, the team’s seventh straight. The Phoenix returns home for its final home game of the 2014 campaign Nov. 15 against the University of Maine. Kickoff at Rhodes Stadium is set for 3 p.m.