With the 2011-12 athletic year in the books, we thought we'd recap the year with the Top-12 Moments of '12. The decisions were tough after a year of success and excitement, but we feel we've captured some of the best moments from the past fall, winter, and spring. Stayed tuned for numbers 11 through 1 which will be coming throughout June and July.
#12: Travis Lane Nearly Flawless Against Bishops
On September 10, the Tiger football team took a 56-17 win over the Battling Bishops of North Carolina Wesleyan behind an inspired performance from senior quarterback Travis Lane (Richmond, VA/Mills Godwin). Lane was nearly flawless in the effort, completing 28 of his 32 attempts with 389 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. More impressively, Lane put up nearly all of these numbers while playing only one snap in the fourth quarter.
The play caller was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week while his 87.5% completion percentage and seven touchdowns both rank second in ODAC history, and his seven scores tie a Hampden-Sydney record.
Lane got the offense going from the start, scoring on the third play of the game courtesy a 36-yard connection with Kyle Vance (Onley, VA/Broadwater Academy). He led the Tigers on two more scoring drives in the quarter with five- and nine-yard touchdown passes to sophomore Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy).
The second quarter brought another touchdown pass on a five-yard play to Vance. On the next drive, Lane led the Tigers 98 yards for the touchdown while going 3-for-3 for 71 yards. In the third stanza, he completed another touchdown pass to Vance - this one from 25-yards out - and had one-play scoring drive via a 50-yard pass to Dallas Steelman (Walnut Cove, NC/Glenn).
Lane played just one snap in the fourth quarter - a 12-yard touchdown pass to Vance, the fourth time the duo connected on scoring plays.