East Central University’s Brian Gonzalez made a 27-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Tigers a 33-30 Great American Conference football victory over the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field on Saturday.
East Central University’s Brian Gonzalez made a 27-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Tigers a 33-30 Great American Conference football victory over the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Saturday.
Arkansas Tech (5-5 overall, 3-4 GAC) had tied the score at 30-30 on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Marsh to John Simpson and Trevor Pinkston’s point after touchdown kick with 56 seconds remaining.
East Central (5-5, 3-4) took over at its own 21-yard line with 55 seconds left. An 18-yard run by Titus Mobley and a 20-yard pass from Spencer Bond to Caleb Holley moved the Tigers into Arkansas Tech territory.
Bond found LaQuan Harper over the middle for a 33-yard pass to put East Central at the Wonder Boys’ 13-yard line with 12 seconds remaining.
After a 3-yard run by Justin Todd, an ECU timeout and an Arkansas Tech timeout, Gonzalez made his 13th field goal of the season to give the Tigers the victory.
Mobley carried 29 times for 233 yards and a touchdown. Bond completed 16-of-26 passes for 225 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Marsh completed 19-of-32 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns for the Wonder Boys. He also had 11 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown.
The senior quarterback from Carrollton, Texas, has 3,037 yards of total offense this season — second-most in Arkansas Tech history. Only Nick Graziano, who accumulated 4,768 yards of total offense in 2009, has accumulated more yards of total offense in a season for the Wonder Boys.
Tech’s Ketrich Harmon rushed 13 times for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Logan Genz made 18 tackles for the Wonder Boys, which matches the fifth-highest single-game total in Tech history. It was the most tackles by an individual in a game for the Wonder Boys since Patrick Pesnell made 18 stops against Carson-Newman in the 1999 NCAA Division II Playoffs.
The Wonder Boys will conclude their 2012 football season by visiting Southern Arkansas University on Saturday, Nov. 10. Kickoff at Wilkins Stadium in Magnolia is scheduled for 2 p.m. KWKK 100.9 FM and http://athletics.atu.edu/tech-audio-streaming.php will have the broadcast.