SEGUIN, Texas — Louisiana College, ranked No. 21 in NCAA Division III, scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to turn what had been a 16-16 game into a 37-16 American Southwest Conference road victory over Texas Lutheran on Saturday.
Louisiana College (7-1, 5-1 ASC) owed a debt of gratitude, however, to a play made in the third quarter.
With the game tied at 16-16 and Texas Lutheran (4-4, 3-3 ASC) driving late in the third, sophomore cornerback Corey Warmington, a former St. James standout, intercepted a Mitchell Bunger pass at the TLU 45.
A few plays and a change of field later, the Wildcats took the lead for good when Jamie Bunting connected with Dayne Reeves on a 10-yard touchdown pass.
By the end of the fourth, Bunting had connected with running back Ryan Montague on a 13-yard touchdown pass, Montague scored on a 14-yard run and Louisiana College had set up a showdown for second place in the American Southwest Conference with red-hot McMurry (6-2, 5-1 ASC), which defeated rival Hardin-Simmons 24-14.
The teams will play at 2 p.m. Saturday in Wildcat Stadium.
Bunting finished with 275 yards and four touchdowns on 34-of-55 passing. He completed passes to seven receivers.
Reeves, Darnell Williams and D’Mario Parker finished with seven receptions and one TD apiece.
On the ground, Montague accounted for 113 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and Daron Bartholomew added 77 yards on 12 carries as the Wildcats racked up 512 yards of total offense.
The Bulldogs were good for 349 yards of total offense but the Louisiana College defense forced three turnovers.