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'Roo Football Prevails in Overtime

'Roo Football Prevails in Overtime

The Austin College football team converted on a fake field goal in overtime and got a touchdown from Madison Ross a few plays later to hand Lyon College a 28-21 loss on Saturday to improve to 4-3 overall this season. The 'Roos piled up 290 rushing yards to pull out the victory.

Lyon got on the board first when Michael Bowles scored on a one yard run to make it a 7-0 game after the first quarter, but the 'Roos bounced back when Cooper Woodyard connected with Shawn Slowinski for a 31-yard scoring strike to cap off a five play, 48 yard drive midway through the second. Austin College grabbed the lead just before halftime when Woodyard found Brandon Rawls for a 37 yard gain, and Madison Ross finished things off with a one yard touchdown plunge to make it 14-7 at the break.

Lyon opened up the second half with a 12 play, 74 yard drive that was capped off by a six yard touchdown run from Bowles to square things up, but Ross took a pitch from Woodyard and raced 62 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing Austin College possession to put the 'Roos ahead 21-14 halfway through the third. However, Lyon would recover a fumble on the next Austin College possession and Josh Williams took a pitch from 10 yards out to give the Scots another score and even things up at 21 heading into the fourth quarter.

Neither team was able to get on the board in the fourth, and with Lyon lining up for a potential game winning field goal with time winding down, Wesley Thompson blocked the 45-yard attempt to keep the game tied and force overtime. The 'Roos faced fourth and six from the 21-yard line in the first overtime, and with Javi Reynoso lining up for a 38 yard field goal attempt, Austin College ran a fake and Rawls connected with Kyle Crawford for a 16 yard gain down to the five. Two keepers from Woodyard got the 'Roos down to the two yard line, and Ross finished things off with his third, and game-winning, touchdown.

Ross finished the game with 180 yards on 23 carries with three scores, and Woodyard completed 9-of-14 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown and also added 73 rushing yards on 13 carries. Rawls finished with two catches for 47 yards to lead the receivers, and Brooks Ward came up with 14 tackles to anchor the Austin College defense.