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Dean Defeats Glendale 26-25 to win Valley of the Sun Bowl
 December 4, 2011

Glendale, Airz. -- The Dean College (Mass.) football team capped a tremendous fall season by capturing the Valley of the Sun Bowl in dramatic fashion over Glendale Community College (Ariz.). Trailing 25-6 late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs scored 20 straight points to capture its first bowl crown in four tries, 26-25. It was a measure of revenge over the Gauchos, as Dean had fallen to them two years ago in the same bowl game, 10-9.

Things did not look promising in the first quarter, as Glendale took an early 10-point lead on a 22-yard touchdown pass and Jordan Rueschoff's first of three field goals. The Bulldogs answered with a 17 yard strike from Jamal Small to Demetri Davis, but on the ensuing PAT, the kick was blocked and Glendale returned it for 2 points, leaving the score at 12-6. The Gauchos added another 1st quarter TD and a 2nd quarter field goal to lead at the half 22-6.

After Glendale added their final field goal, Dean started its comeback under sixty degree overcast skies. Late in the 3rd quarter, Jamal Small completed 5 passes on a drive punctuated with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Robbie Jackson. The defense held Glendale on downs, forcing them to punt. Dean took over on the 20-yard line and marched 80 yards in eight plays, ending with a 17-yard touchdown run by Aundre Johnson. Blaine Moriarity's PAT made it 25-20.

After the teams traded punts, the Bulldogs started their final dramatic drive on their own 44-yard line with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Again, Jamal Small was the catalyst, completing six passes culminated with an acrobatic catch by Rodney Whitehead, who dove for the right pylon for the touchdown, giving Dean its first lead of the game. Dean's two-point conversion attempt was broken up, leaving them with a tenuous 1-point advantage.

Glendale's kicker showed great range in warm-ups, and had already kicked three field goals, so with 1:45 left in the game, the Gauchos had a chance as they started their last drive. Starting from their own 16-yeard line, they marched 67 yards in 9 plays, where they faced a 4th and 8 from the Dean 17-yard line. With the game on the line, Glendale's kicker, Jordan Rueschoff, pulled his field goal attempt to the left, and the Dean College celebration was on.

Jamal Small was voted the most valuable player of the game, completing 17 passes, 3 for touchdowns. Aundre Johnson rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries, while Robbie Jackson caught 6 passes for 73 yards and 1 touchdown.

With the defense holding Glendale to 3 points in the second half, outstanding performances were turned in by Charles Watson with 10 tackles, including a sack, and Chamarcus Pittard, who recorded 9 tackles. Donovan Walker, Jonathan Roundtree and Vishawn Williams all recorded an interception, which stalled Glendale in their attempts to score more points earlier in the game.

Dean ends its season at 8-1, and hopes to climb from its 11th position in the final NJCAA national poll

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