Colorado Mesa, helped by lineman's touchdown pass, defeats San Diego in overtime

Sat, Sep 9, 2023

Colorado Mesa, helped by lineman's touchdown pass, defeats San Diego in overtime

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gavin Herberg threw for the go-ahead touchdown in overtime and Division II Colorado Mesa defeated San Diego 28-21 on Saturday in a game that included a touchdown pass by Colorado Mesa offensive lineman Cooper Mumford.

Herberg connected with Trevin Edwards for a 25-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime. On San Diego's overtime possession, the Mavericks' Levi Krebs sacked Dom Nankil on a third-and-8 play and Nankil threw incomplete on fourth down.

Colorado Mesa scored first when Mumford, a 275-pound freshman, picked up a fumble in the backfield, started to run with it, then hit Keenan Brown with a short pass for a 9-yard touchdown.

Dom Nankil threw three touchdown passes in regulation for the Toreros (0-2). After falling behind 14-0, Nankil threw touchdown passes of 17 yards to Elijah Johnson and 7 yards to Isaiah Williams, tying the score at 14.

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Herberg then hit Noah Sarria for 84 yards and a touchdown before Nankil tied it again with a 22-yard pass to Josh Heverly with 1:07 left in regulation.

Herberg completed 9 of 16 passes for 180 yards and Sarria had two receptions for 104 yards for the Mavericks (1-1).

Nankil completed 16 of 35 for 174 yards and Williams had 161 yards rushing on 32 carries.

San Diego continues to play short-handed after as many as half of the team's players are on indefinite suspension for an alleged hazing incident last month.

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