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.
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.
For West Liberty (3-8, 3-6), quarterback Dylan Lagarde completed 14 of 20 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Cullen LaVoi led the Cavaliers (2-9, 2-7), throwing for 345 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-45 passing.