Gardner-Webb comes from 14 down to top Bryant in OT, 45-44

Sat, Nov 4, 2023

Gardner-Webb comes from 14 down to top Bryant in OT, 45-44

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) - Gardner-Webb came from 14-points down with just over four minutes left to tie the game and Jay Billingsley's extra point kick in overtime lifted the Runnin' Bulldogs to a 45-44 win over the Bryant Bulldogs on Saturday.

Bryant took a 38-24 lead with 10:28 left in regulation on a 25-yard pick-six by Robert Crockett III, but Gardner-Webb answered with an 18-play, 82-yard drive capped by Jaylen King's 3-yard run with 4:06 left and Gino English capped a nine-play, 40-yard drive with a 1-yard keeper with :18 left.

Zevi Eckhaus found Konor Lathrop with an 8-yard pass on Bryant's overtime possession, but a pass for a two-point conversion fell incomplete. English tied the game with a short pass to AJ Johnson and Billingsley kicked the game-winner.

Jaylen King was 18 of 36 passing for 160 yards and two touchdowns with an interception for Gardner-Webb (5-4, 3-1 Big South-OVC). English was 3 of 4 for nine yards. King finished with 24 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

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Eckhaus was 26 of 51 passing for 338 yards with four touchdowns and an interception for Bryant (4-5, 2-2). Matthew Prochaska caught nine passes for 149 yards and a touchdown and Jalen Powell caught six for 75 yards and a score.


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