WILLIAMSBURG, OCT. 20 -- In one of its most complete games of the year, William and Mary trounced Bucknell, 45-17, at Cary Field today, extending its home unbeaten streak to 16 games.
The Tribe, ranked 14th in Division I-AA, had another big offensive day, erupting for 562 total yards, rushing for 281 and passing for the same amount.
The defense, which had been allowing nearly 30 points and 434 yards total offense per game, was equally impressive. After spotting the Bison (5-2), Division I-AA's 20th-ranked team, a 10-0 first-quarter lead, the Tribe's defense stiffened and allowed just 176 yards the rest of the day.
On the first offensive play following Bucknell's touchdown -- a 19-yard pass from Todd Hatajik to Lester Erb -- William and Mary quarterback Cris Hakel teamed with wide receiver Mark Compher on an 80-yard touchdown pass. That started William and Mary's run of 45 straight points.
"That play was nothing special, just a straight fly pattern," said Compher. "Their free safety overplayed it. He went for the ball and it went over his head."
William and Mary (5-2) dominated thereafter. Tailback Robert Green rushed 20 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns, and Hakel fired another scoring pass to Compher in the second period and added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
"Getting that first touchdown the way we did was important," said Hakel. "They had a little momentum going but our quick score got us rolling again."
Green boosted his career rushing total to 2,014 yards, becoming the sixth player in school history to reach at least 2,000.
"We tried to mix things up a little more after their first two drives," said Tribe Coach Jimmye Laycock. "We wanted to see what they were going to do and once we knew that, we brought more pressure on their quarterback."
Hatajik, the nation's second-ranked passer in Division I-AA, was 14 of 29 with two interceptions, and was sacked twice.