Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Hardin-Simmons

PINEVILLE, La.
- Hardin-Simmons' saw its football season end in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday with a 44-42 loss to Louisiana College on a cold and rainy day at Wildcat Field.

Hardin-Simmons rallied late in the game. LC took a 44-35 lead with 10:01 to play and HSU was stopped on downs on the next possession. LC drained the clock and had to punt and HSU went 80 yards in 11 plays and ZaVious Robbins scored on a 8-yard touchdown from Justin Feaster on fourth down to make it 44-42 with just :29 to play.

The Cowboys then recovered an on-side kick and Feaster hit Chance McCoy for 17 yards and ZaVious Robbins for 21 yards to put the ball at the LC 22. HSU then set up for a Scott Newberry field goal, but the snap was bad - Taylor Byrd got it down but the timing was off and the ball never got in the air.

The game ended the career of 13 HSU seniors, but Justin Feaster's performance may have been one of the guttiest performances ever. Playing on a severely sprained ankle suffered two weeks ago against McMurry that limited his ability to move around, Feaster completed 29-of-56 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns. He was pounded around all day long.

The game was an offensive affair throughout, but the difference in the scoreboard came on the Cowboys' very first possession when in heavy rains the Aaron Willman snap sailed over punter Brandon Abbott's head to give LC a safety. The Wildcats then took a short field after the punt and the Cowboys lost D'Mario Parker on a busted coverage and he walked in with a 44-yard touchdown pass from Ben McLaughlin and it was 9-0 at the 11:01 mark of the first quarter.

It was the start of an offensive display in the first half. Derrick Grant had a 20-yard touchdown reception for HSU and Darnell Williams had a 14-yard TD pass from McLaughlin to make it 16-7 after the first quarter. The teams scored five touchdowns - all TD passes from the 10:53 mark of the second quarter to the 3:55 mark. Grant had a 5-yarder, Thomas Labian had 28 and 33 yards touchdowns for the Cowboys. Chad Hindman and Williams had 12 and 27 yard touchdown receptions. It was 30-28 LC at halftime.

The Cowboys took the ball in the second half and went 54 yards for a score to take their first lead on a 19-yard run by ZaVious Robbins. LC scored on a CerDerrick Tyson scored at the 9:50 mark of the third quarter. The teams' defenses settled in and no one scored until Reeves pass from McLaughlin made it 44-35 with 10:01 to play.

HSU had 527 yards of offense and LC had 402. ZaVious Robbins had nine catches for 103 yards and Thomas Labian had six catches for 151 yards. Hank Hornsby had eight tackles to pace the defense for HSU.

The Cowboys end the season with a record of 8-2 and 6-2 in league play. LC finished with a record of 7-3 and 7-1 in ASC action.