Central Arkansas rallies to defeat Lamar 26-24

Ryan Howard, making his first start, passed for three

touchdowns, including the game-winner with 2:53 remaining, to lead

Central Arkansas to a 26-24 victory over Lamar on Saturday

night.

On third-and-20, Howard threw 23 yards to Courtney Whitehead for

the TD. The Bears’ (4-3, 1-1) PAT was blocked, but they stopped the

Cardinals’ (3-4, 0-2) final drive.

Howard started in place of Wynrick Smothers, the reigning

Southland Conference player of the year, who saw his college career

end with a broken ankle last week. Howard finished 26-of-40 passing

for 281 yards.

Caleb Berry threw three touchdown passes for Lamar, two to

Reggie Begelton.

Howard tied the game at 17-17 late in the third quarter with a

3-yard pass to Thomas Hart. Eddie Camara then gave UCA its first

lead with a 31-yard field goal early in the fourth.

Lamar retook the lead 24-20 on Berry’s second TD pass to

Begelton.