The Yellow Jacket bench sensed victory.
"That might have been the most excited I've seen the bench this whole year,'' said Rowell. "Everybody believed we had a chance to win this game.''
"There's lots we can build on,'' said first-year State coach Jon Anderson. "But at this moment, I'm going to focus on this group of seniors that have bought in since we've been here, and they're really hurting right now. We'll find things to build on because there's plenty.''
The Pioneers (6-5, 5-4) scored on two of their first three possessions and led 14-0 with 5:56 left in the first quarter. It looked like another long day for the Jackets, who scored just nine offensive touchdowns all year.
"A team of lesser character and lesser discipline,'' Anderson added, "would have possibly looked to finish up and hang it up.''
But State consistently moved the ball and freshman Josh Reuber kicked field goals of 38, 19 and 36 yards in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the defense asserted itself, helping the Jackets to cut the Glenville lead to 14-9 at halftime.
Glenville's Ryan Cullen kicked a 32-yard field goal midway through the third quarter for a 17-9 lead, but Reuber added a 42-yarder with 10:06 left in the game, capping a drive that began on the State 26.
"We probably played our most complete game today, which is good in a sense but I hurt for these guys that hung it out there for 11 games,'' said Anderson. "What do you ask for? You ask for an opportunity to win the game at the end, and we had that. I told them I was proud of them and I loved them. We'll go back to work soon.''
In total yards, State outgained the Pioneers 365 to 234 and had 23 first downs to the visitors' 14. Seals completed 26 of 53 passes for 292 yards and one interception. Bennefield caught eight passes for 162 yards.
Glenville quarterback Sean Steele connected on just 9 of 22 passes for 76 yards and two interceptions (both by Matthews). Rahmann Lee carried 24 times for 132 yards, including a 64-yarder in the first quarter that set up the Pioneers' second TD.
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