Statesmen upset No. 14 Texans
by Donell Maxie
Oct 22, 2013 | 1134 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Delta State University redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Sullivan and freshman kicker Vince Sciorratta displayed why the future is so bright for the Statesmen football team as they helped elevate DSU over No. 14 ranked Tarleton State University Texans 38-36 in a thriller here at Parker Field-McCool Stadium.

With 7-seconds left in the contest, Sciorratta nailed a 33-yard filed goal to improve Delta State to 4-2 on the year and handing Tarleton their first loss of the season as they fell to 5-1.

Sullivan was clutch all game completing 33-of-49 passes for 422 yards and four touchdowns in his first start of the season. Sullivan also led the team in rushing with 43 yards on nine carries.

The Texans drew first blood on a 27-yard field goal from Blake Barnes with 7:12 left in the opening period for a 3-0 Texans lead.

The score from the Texans was enough to wake the Statesmen offense up who had punted on their first two possessions.

The Statesmen drove the ball down field and capped off a nine play, 71-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Sullivan to Casey Osborne. The kick after from Sciorratta was good for a 7-3 DSU lead.

A one-yard touchdown run from Jake Fenske with 13:36 left in the second put the Texans back on top. Barnes added the point after for a 10-7 lead.

A punt on the Statesmen's next possession seemed to shift the momentum, but a big defensive play from Diego Lubin as he smashed into Aaron Doyle to force a fumble that in turn Chris Norman scooped up and scored on from three yards out with 11:10 left in the second. The kick was good and the Statesmen reclaimed the lead at 14-10.

A touchdown from Fenske to Andre Plata with 9:48 left in the first half as well as a three yard touchdown run from Doyle with 9:30 left in the, which was set up by a DSU fumble gave the Texans a 24-14 lead, which was the score at halftime.

The third quarter started with Fenske being intercepted by DSU's Trenton Warren, but the Statesmen offense could not do anything with the ball and punted it back to the Texans.

Following a Texans punt, Sullivan went to work connecting with Ricky Hunt on a 52-yard touchdown pass with 8:23 left in the third. The kick after was good for a 24-21 game.

The Statesmen defense came up big again and forced another punt. Sullivan responded with a seven play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a nine-yard touchdown pass to Reed Faulkner. The kick was good to give the Statesmen a 28-24 lead.

A 31-yard field goal from Barnes with 12:00 left in the game closed the DSU lead to 28-27.

Sullivan came back strong as he found Patrick Bethley on a 64-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the possession with 11:34 on the fourth quarter clock. The kick was good for a 35-27 DSU lead.

A short kick on the ensuing kickoff gave the Texans great field position, that they took advantage of with a nine-play, 28 yard drive that resulted in a one-yard touchdown run from Doyle. The Texans tried for two, but the Statesmen defense denied them to keep the lead at 35-33.

Unfortunately or the Statesmen, the Texans defense came out ready to play and forced a punt. The Texans received the ball and put together a clock-draining 16 play, 64-yard drive that ate up 5:32. The result was a 20-yard field goal from Blake for a 36-35 Texans lead.

With 1:10 left in the game and one timeout in their pocket, Sullivan orchestrated an amazing drive connecting on two passes to Osborne for two first downs and running for a first down to set up Sciorrotta for the game winning field goal.

Hunt led the Statesmen receivers with four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, Osborne caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, Bethley had four catches for 97 yards and a touchdown and Josh Pinkston grabbed five balls for 45 yards. Faulker also caught a touchdown pass.

The defense was led by a pair of defensive backs with freshman Jereco Beckwith and junior Richard Nash with 14 total tackles each.