Oct. 8, 2010

Courtesy of Delta State Athletics

MONTICELLO, Ark. - The No. 13 Delta State Statesmen (5-1, 4-0 GSC) scored two touchdowns in the final 5:36 of the game Thursday to pull out a 34-20 victory over the Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils (2-4, 1-3 GSC) in the Gulf South Conference TV Live Game of the Week. The win extended DSU's streak to five games, while keeping the Statesmen undefeated in league play.

"This game was a battle all night, but you have to give credit to our guy's in the second half," stated DSU head coach Ron Roberts. "The defense made the plays in the second half and when we needed points, the offense came through."

The Statesmen took the opening drive and marched 68 yards in 2:04, as Micah Davis connected with Brandon Lucas on a 32-yard touchdown pass to put DSU up 7-0 with 12:56 remaining the quarter.

UAM answered in under 1:34, as Damon Wicker found Greg Taylor in the flat and the junior turned the 5-yard gain into a 33-yard touchdown, tying the game at 7-7.

Matt Snyder put the Statesmen back on top on their next possession, nailing a career-long 42-yard field goal with 6:29 to go in the first.

UAM came right back to tie the game at 10-10 on Tyler Pontius's career-long 46-yard field with 2:15 on the clock.

Snyder's second field goal of the night, a 30-yard effort with 10:30 to go in the half, put the Statesmen back on top of the Boll Weevils 13-10.

In a half that turned out to be a battle of field goal kicker, UAM's Pontius drilled his second field goal of the night, a 23-yard attempt, to tie the game at 13-13 with 5:26 to go before halftime.

Neither team could scratch the scoreboard over the final five minutes.

DSU ended the half with 193 yards of offense on 31 plays, led by Micah Davis's 153 yards passing on 10-of-19 attempts with a touchdown and interception.

UAM totaled 145 yards on 28 plays, powered by Johnny Polite's 54 yards rushing.

After stoning the UAM offense on their first possession of the second half, the DSU offense rushed its way to the lead, as Brandon Lucas powered into the end zone from 5-yards out. With 9:02 left in the third, DSU led 20-13.

UAM once again tied the game at 20-20 with 13.6 seconds left in the third on Nakita Myles' 1-yard touchdown run.

After a great punt by UAM's Derek Jambon pinned the Statesmen at their own 1-yard line. DSU marched 99-yards in nine plays and 5:13 to take the lead 27-20. The game turned with 5:36 left on the clock and DSU facing a 4th-and-goal. With a jail-break pass rush in his face, Davis calmly found Maurice Moore in the front corner of the end zone for the go-ahead score.

The Statesmen defense had struggled all night at controlling UAM's option attack, but on the Boll Weevils' ensuing possession, DSU stood firm and forced the punt.

With 4:34 on the clock, the Statesmen quickly marched 63 yards for the game-sealing score, as Lucas scored his second touchdown of the game on a 27-yard blast with 2:24 on the clock.

Dominique Davenport intercepted Kyle Manning's first pass attempt of the night with 2:04 remaining. DSU would salt away the clock to seal the win 34-20 over UAM.

DSU closed the game with 471 yards of total offense on 66 plays. Davis passed for 274 yards on 20-of-31 attempts with two touchdowns and an interception. Chance Dennis hauled in six passes for 114 yards to lead the receivers, while Lucas finished the game with 78 yards rushing on 12 carries with two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 45 yards and another score.

UAM finished with 242 yards on 53 plays. The Boll Weevils rushed for 170 yards on 40 carries, led by Johnny Polite's 59-yards on 14 carries.

The Statesmen return to action on Saturday, Oct. 16, as Delta State hosts Harding University for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Parker Field-McCool Stadium.