Stetson shocks Drake 23-21 with last-play touchdown
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Steven Burdette scooped up teammate Jack Bowen’s lateral and scooted eight yards into the end zone as time ran out to lift Stetson to a stunning 23-21 win over Drake on Saturday.
The Hatters (4-1, 2-1 Pioneer League) had a first-and-10 at the Drake 15 with nine seconds to play. Colin McGovern was forced to scramble before he found Bowen at the 10. Bowen was gang-tackled at the eight as time ran out but the ball squirted out and Burdette snapped it up, racing untouched into the end zone while the Bulldogs celebrated.
The Bulldogs (3-2, 2-1) pulled off a stunner of their own less than a minute earlier. Getting the ball back on their 24 with 57 seconds left, Grant Kraemer found Devin Cates wide open over the middle and he raced untouched for a 76-yard touchdown on the next play.
That left too much time for McGovern, who had the ball on his 35 with 39 seconds to go. He had three straight completions, with Bowen covering 13 and Burdette 17.
McGovern finished 29 of 44 for 271 yards. Burdette had an earlier touchdown and Donald Parham had 12 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. Kraemer went 19 of 36 for 277 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.