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ETBU falls short to Howard Payne, 47-36

By ETBU Sports Information
Oct. 26, 2013 at 10 p.m.


BROWNWOOD - A third-quarter offensive surge by Howard Payne University was just enough to hold off East Texas Baptist University, 47-36, on Saturday.

Howard Payne had a 24-20 advantage at the half and then scored 20 points in the third quarter before ETBU pulled back within eight in the fourth quarter.

ETBU falls to 2-5 on the year and is 0-3 in the American Southwest Conference.

Jamaine Sherman produced another career day as he pulled ETBU within 16, 44-28, on a 45-yard touchdown reception, which was his second of the day. He finished the day with 13 receptions for 258 yards. Tyler Bates also had great day receiving with a career-high 17 receptions, which breaks the single game ETBU record of 14 set by Kwame' Spikes vs. Willamette.

Josh Warbington threw for 418 yards, going 36 of 51 with two passing touchdowns. Toi Glover led ETBU's rushing game with 68 yards on 16 attempts and two touchdowns.

On the opening drive of the game, ETBU drove down to the Howard Payne 17-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs after missing a fourth-down conversion. Howard Payne then drove 78 yards in nine plays, finishing with a 22-yard field goal.

Answering right back, ETBU countered with a 33-yard drive that took 2:57 as Cory McNeil hit his first of two field goals from 44 yards out.

Just seconds into the second quarter, ETBU attempted a 36-yard field goal that hit the post and bounced out as Howard Payne regained control of the ball. Eight plays and 80 yards later, the Yellowjackets had a seven-point lead when Richard Young found Fuentes in the end zone for a 39-yard TD pass.

Fighting right back, Warbington guided ETBU on a 66-yard scoring drive, ending in a Glover four-yard run that tied the game at 10.

Continuing the shootout in the second quarter, Howard Payne once again took a seven-point lead, 17-10, in just 1:56 covering 75 yards.

With 6:25 left in the second quarter, Sherman was on the receiving end of a 34-yard pass from Warbington that tied the game at 17.

After the teams swapped possessions and punted the ball, Howard Payne took the lead for good, 24-17 with a 28-yard drive. On a fourth-and-15, ETBU's fake punt did not covert and Howard Payne took advantage of it. Nine plays later, Young tossed a three-yard touchdown pass to Dove for the lead with just 43 seconds left in the half.

ETBU would not go easily, finishing the half on a 30-yard field goal by McNeil. ETBU drove all the way down to the Howard Payne nine-yard line and had to kick the field goal before time ran out.

The difference came in the third quarter when Howard Payne capitalized on big plays. Howard Payne's first possession only took 34 seconds as Young rushed for a 59-yard touchdown to extend the led to 10 after missing the extra point, 30-20.

ETBU had the ball only 50 seconds when Howard Payne's Shaw forced a fumble at the 46-yard yard line. Howard Payne recovered and capitalized with a four-play drive, extending the lead to 17, 37-20. Two possessions later, Howard Payne executed another long drive by going 72 yards as Young completed a 17-yard pass to Mica making it 44-20.

Things became exciting in the fourth quarter as there was a 30-minute lightning delay. It was the third game this season that ETBU had a lightning delay.

Cooling down for 30 minutes and recharged, ETBU came storming out, scoring the 16 points in a little over three minutes to pull within eight, 44-36. Taking over with 8:08 on the clock, ETBU went 70-yards in just over two minutes. After five passes in the drive, the sixth was to Sherman for 45 yards as ETBU was within 16 points, 44-28.

Executing a perfect onside kick by Cory McNeil, Nate Taylor came up with the recovery about 13 yards down the field. Warbington's first pass of the drive was a 42-yarder to Sherman, placing ETBU on the nine-yard line. Sherman then caught the next pass at the two-yard line, which led to a Glover rushing touchdown two plays later pulling to within eight points, 44-36.

ETBU will host Mississippi College in their final home game next Saturday (2 p.m.).

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