Hartley's Record FG Sends Eagles Past South Dakota State
Hartley’s kick was the longest ever by an Eagle to win a game on the final play. It marked the first time since Jonathan Dudley’s 24-yard FG that the Eagles (4-1 overall) won a game on the final play (overtime at Northeastern in 2005 season-opener). Hartley’s career-best 54-yarder was the longest since Chris Chambers nailed a 57-yard attempt at the end of the first half at
Some dramatic plays set the stage for the exciting win. With the game tied and GS facing 4th-and-1 from the 50,
The senior kicker, who was perfect on the year (11-of-11), sailed it wide right and the Eagles took over. GS drove to its 37 but had to punt. Daniel Jordan pinned the Jackrabbits to their own 30. On the first play of the drive, Ryan Berry dropped back to pass but sophomore Carson Hill stepped in front of the pass and recorded the first interception of his career.
Foster scrambled for six yards and hit Lamar Lewis for 11, which put the Eagles on the SDSU 37 with seven seconds left. Head coach Chris Hatcher sent Hartley out for the kick, which easily covered the distance for the win.
The Eagles built a 24-point halftime lead thanks to stellar defense play during the first 30 minutes.
On the Jackrabbits’ next drive, Cory Koenig fumbled the ball. Chris Rogers picked up the loose ball and raced 46 yards to the endzone with 6:58 left in the first quarter.
Later in the quarter Foster hit the right corner but when he was tackled he fumbled. SDSU recovered and would eventually put points on the scoreboard.
Larry Beard tied a
Hartley converted a 24-yard field goal with 1:27 left in the half. The opportunistic defense came through again when
In the first half alone Foster set a career-high throwing for 164 yards on 14-of-16 passing.
Douglass hit a 32-yard attempt with 10 minutes left in the third making it 31-10 Eagles.
Foster threw just his fourth interception of the year on the ensuring drive. Tyler Koch picked it off at the Jackrabbits’ 29 and raced 71 yards for a touchdown. Later,
The Eagles were driving and facing 3rd-and-long. Foster could have ran for a first down but tried hitting a wide open Raja Andrews and just overthrew him.
Four plays later Foster kept his streak alive as the Eagles added to their lead early in the fourth quarter, a streak in which he has registered a rushing TD in every game as the team’s starting quarterback. His keeper up the middle from 14 yards out was his first rushing TD of the game but more importantly gave GS a 38-24 lead.
SDSU went for it on 4th-and-goal from the two.
Hatcher stated how big of a win that was for his
“Of course we came out and played great on defense early on. Offensively we struggled all night. I know we were able to punch a couple in there late in the half, but they pretty much had our number. They out-physicaled us up front, but again, when it’s all said and done, we made one more play than they did. That’s all that matters. We’ll take them anyway we can get them,” said Hatcher. “We came out firing on all cylinders. We had a great first drive and got a touchdown. The defense scooped-and-scored and we’re up 14-0. We have a great drive going again, but we fumbled the ball. I knew all game long, I just didn’t feel comfortable today and I was afraid that one was going to come back and get us. But then the defense scored again and we were able to get a field goal. And then at the end half it was a good throw to Irving Campbell - who normally doesn’t play on that side.
“We were complacent I was concerned about that. If we don’t force the two turnovers and scoop-and-score, that’s a whole different ball game. We had not consistently moved the ball the whole day. They were taking away what we do the best and that’s why we had to throw a little bit more. But we knew we had some deep passes that they had shown us early in the game that we could come back to. There in the second half we had a drop over the middle, we overthrew Raja (Andrews) twice and if we’re just able to complete just one of those, we may not have needed to go down to the last second.”
Foster set career-highs of 23-of-31 passing for 225 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 92 yards on 25 carries. The 225 passing yards are the 11th-most in Eagle history and third-highest total since 1990.
Chris Covington recorded a career- and team season-high 11 tackles. Hill added nine stops to go with his interception and two pass break-ups.
Andy Hoogeveen had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Jackrabbits.
NOTES: Senior running back Dusty Reddick recorded a 35-yard run up the middle. He had only 24 career rushing yards up to that point... The last time
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- Published on Saturday, 06 October 2007 00:14