Morehead State Outlasts The Bulldogs In Triple Overtime, 38-35

first_img Preview Andy Rice at Butler 11/14/2015 – 12:00 PM Full Schedule Roster Andrew Yarwood Stats John Bloss Michael Roane Eric Saubert Next Game: Conley Wilkins John Hugunin MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State outlasted the Drake University football team to come away with a 38-35 triple overtime victory on Saturday at Jayne Stadium.“It was a great football game. Both teams fought hard from beginning to end and I couldn’t be more proud of our guys today in the way they fought,” said head coach Rick Fox. “As we said after the game they had chances where they could have folded because there was a bunch of adversity but our guys kept fighting all the way through. That’s why we had a chance to get the win in the end and we came up short. We got to move forward from this and finish the season out right.”The Bulldogs were able to keep up with the high powered Morehead offense and outgained MSU 456-426. Junior running back Conley Wilkins led Drake with a career-high 205 rushing yards on 31 carries and had a rushing touchdown. His 205 yards was the most rushing yards by a Bulldog since Scott Phaydavong totaled 208 yards in 2007 against Jacksonville.Senior Andy Rice completed 22-of-28 passes for 220 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Rice’s favorite target was junior Keegan Gallery, who caught eight passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, while senior Eric Saubert added five receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns.The Eagles’ starting quarterback Austin Gahafer threw for 229 yards with two tochdowns and completed 22-of-40 before being taken out of the game due to an injury with six minutes left of regulation. Jack Sherry came in off the bench and completed 6-of-9 for two touchdowns and 95 yards. Justin Cornwall led all receivers with 10 catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns.The offensive line and Wilkins led Drake to get the Bulldogs on the board first. The O-line created a huge hole for Wilkins to break out a 46-yard run on first play of the drive. One play later, the offensive line created a big enough hole for Wilkins to walk into the end zone from 12 yards out, putting Drake up 7-0 midway through the opening quarter.Drake had a chance to extend its lead after an interceptions by Caz Zyks, but the Bulldogs weren’t able to capitalize on the good field positions and turned it over on downs on MSU’s 36-yard line.The Eagles made the Bulldogs pay for not taking advantage of the good field position as they used nine-play 64-yard drive to tie it up at seven. Gahafer capped off the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Cornwall, making it 7-7.Solid defense highlighted the second-quarter for both teams. The Bulldogs weren’t able to get into MSU’s territory in the second period, while the Eagles got into DU territory once. MSU’s Shavi Bash pushed a 41-yard field goal attempt right in the only scoring chance for either team.Another big run by Wilkins on Drake’s first possession of the second half set up the Bulldogs to go ahead 14-7. Wilkins recorded a 51-yard run and then used a pair of five-yard runs to put DU on MSU’s goal line. On fourth and inches from the goal line, Rice was stopped by his initial surge but spun off the pile to score on the quarterback sneak.Morehead didn’t waste any time to tie the game back up as it took MSU less than two minutes to score. A 30-yard reception by Cornwall set up a five-yard touchdown run for Ryan Watkins to tie it up at 14.Then with 1:37 left in the third-quarter, the Eagles took their first lead of the game, 21-14, on a 14-yard touchdown catch by Cornwall.The Bulldogs were able to tie it up at 21 on their first possession of the fourth-quarter. Drake got down to MSU’s 34-yard line and on fourth and one, Rice stepped up in the pocket to find an open Saubert, who broke a tackle to score a 34-yard touchdown. The Eagles retook the lead, 28-21, with 4:45 left in the game. Gahafer was injured during the drive and forced Sherry to come off the bench. Sherry missed his first pass, but then completed is next three attempts to put MSU on top.Rice then orchestrated a 14-play 78-yard game-tying drive with 38 seconds left in regulation. The Bulldogs marched all the way down to MSU’s 11-yard line and had to convert a fourth and four to keep their hopes alive. Rice found Andrew Yarwood to get the first down and put Drake down to the seven-yard line. On third and goal, Rice completed his fourth pass of the drive to Gallery for a six-yard touchdown.The Bulldogs lost the overtime coin toss and Morehead decided to defend first. The Eagles went on to intercept a tipped pass in the end zone to set up their offense to win the game. Drake’s defense kept MSU out of the end zone and then John Bloss blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt, forcing a second overtime.The Eagles only needed one play to score in the second overtime, as Sherry completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Cornwall. The Bulldogs had to convert another fourth-down play to extend the game. On fourth and five, Rice connected with Saubert for a 14-yard touchdown pass to force a third overtime.The Eagles forced another turnover to start the third overtime and then went on to make a 23-yard field goal to win the game, 38-35.Defensively, fifth-year senior John Hugunin recorded a game-high 15 tackles (8 solo) with three of them being for a loss, while senior Michael Roane added 10 tackles.The Bulldogs return to action on Nov. 14 with a trip to Bulter.Print Friendly Version Rick Fox Caz Zyks Story Links Keegan Gallery last_img