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MEC football: Urbana rallies past UC

Urbana drove 94 yards in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter to defeat the University of Charleston 24-21 in the 2013 Mountain East conference season finale Saturday in Urbana, Ohio.

Urbana (7-4, 7-2 MEC) jumped out to 9-0 lead in the first quarter on a 5-yard rushing touchdown by quarterback D.J. Mendenhall and a Blaine Hafner field goal.

After giving up another Urbana field goal in the second quarter, UC (6-5, 6-3) finally gained momentum with an interception deep in Blue Knight territory. UC took advantage of the turnover when quarterback John Knox connected with Davon Henry on a 16-yard touchdown pass to cap a five-play, 31-yard drive, bringing the score to 12-7 at halftime.

UC took the lead in the third quarter with an eight-minute, 80-yard scoring drive to jump out to a 14-12 lead. The Blue Knights scored a touchdown just two plays into the fourth quarter before giving up a rushing touchdown to Knox on UC's ensuing drive, making the score 21-18 in favor of the Golden Eagles.

UC used a 69-yard punt to pin Urbana on its own 6-yard line with 2:36 left. Urbana, trailing by three, connected on seven straight passes, with the last being a 9-yard score for a 24-21 lead with only 23 seconds remaining.

  • SHEPHERD 41, CONCORD 33: At Athens, Shepherd (10-0, 9-0) clinched the inaugural MEC title with a win over Concord.
  • Rams redshirt freshman quarterback Jeff Ziemba completed 14 of 15 passes for 231 yards and three scores, all to junior Justin Ford.

    For Concord (8-3, 7-2), quarterback Brian Novak completed 17 of 28 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns.

  • NOTRE DAME 30, WEST LIBERTY 13: At West Liberty, Pedro Powell ran for 132 yards on 34 carries to lead Notre Dame (5-6, 4-5).
  • For West Liberty (3-8, 3-6), quarterback Dylan Lagarde completed 14 of 20 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

  • FAIRMONT STATE 47, WISE 4: At Fairmont, quarterback Cooper Hibbs threw for 309 yards and two scores on 19-of-33 passing to lead Fairmont State (3-7, 2-7) over Virginia-Wise.
  • Quarterback Cullen LaVoi led the Cavaliers (2-9, 2-7), throwing for 345 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-45 passing.


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