MONROE — Pete Thomas ran in a 9-yard go-ahead touchdown with 3:27 remaining to lift Louisiana-Monroe to a 17-10 victory over Wake Forest Thursday night at Malone Stadium.
The Warhawks (1-0) trailed 10-0 at halftime before rallying for 17 unanswered points on Wake Forest (0-1). With the win, ULM swept the home-and-home series against the Demon Deacons.
Trailing by a touchdown with 4:02 left in the third quarter, Mitch Lane turned the game around for the Warhawks as he intercepted John Wolford’s pass attempt and ran it back 31 yards for a score to tie the game at 10-10.
The defense came through for the Warhawks with 49 tackles, seven sacks, eight tackles for loss totaling 57 yards, one interception, four pass break-ups and seven quarterback hurries.
Lane led the team with six sacks and one interception. Gerrand Johnson tallied five tackles with one tackle for loss and one sack, while Cody Robinson registered another five tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack.
Justin Backus added five tackles of his own, while Ray Stovall racked up four tackles with one tackle for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Jacob Tyson notched the first two sacks of his career.
Thomas was 23 of 41 for 189 yards to go with four rushes for 22 yards and a touchdown. Kenzee Jackson caught six of Thomas’ passes for 83 yards.
Centarius Donald carried the ball 26 times for 122 yards with a long rush of 39 yards. Tyler Cain added another 46 yards on 11 rush attempts.
Wake Forest’s John Wolford completed 12 of 22 passes for 97 yards with one interception.
MISSOURI STATE 34, NORTHWESTERN STATE 27: In Natchitoches, Missouri State overcame a 17-point halftime deficit, scoring touchdowns on three straight series coming down the stretch, the last one a 13-yard Kierra Harris to Gannon Sinclair score with 5:15 to go as the Bears stunned Northwestern State
The game turned after the Bears denied the Demons what seemed a clinching touchdown midway through the third quarter, when Colby Isabell forced and recovered a fumble as Northwestern State’s Garrett Atzenweiler was inside the 1. Missouri State drove 97 yards in 14 plays and got back into the game on a 15-yard Harris toss to Eric Christophel.
The Bears had only 162 yards offensively until taking over after the fumble.
, but followed their veteran offensive line and Harris’ elusiveness and arm to 256 yards in the game’s last 23 minutes while the Demons stalled and got only 80 more yards.
After the Demons padded the margin on a 44-yard Chris Moore field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter, the Bears responded quickly with a 61-yard bomb from Harris to Julian Burton setting up a 1-yard Harris sneak on third-and-goal, closing the gap to 27-21 with 13:16 to go.
The Demons had a chance to make it a two-score game, but a 48-yard Moore field goal with 9:09 left came out low and was deflected short. Missouri State covered 69 yards in 12 plays, converting a fourth-and-1 at the Demon 45 on a 4-yard run up the middle by Calan Crowder to keep the march going, and getting the touchdown to the 6-foot-7, 270-pound tight end when the replay official ruled Sinclair stretched the ball across the goalline as he went down with Harris’ pass at the 5:15 mark.
Marcelo Bonani’s fourth consecutive made extra point provided the go-ahead margin 28-27.