In a back-and-forth affair, the nationally 10th-ranked Delta State Statesmen landed the final blows to come from behind and defeat the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys 47-32 in non-conference action at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Saturday night.
Delta State (3-1) got touchdown passes of 33 and 24 yards from quarterback Micah Davis during the fourth quarter as the Statesmen won at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field for the first time since 1998.
Arkansas Tech (1-2) trailed 27-20 at halftime, but Joe Bryant returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and Preston Conder threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Whitmore with 11:02 left in the fourth quarter to give the Wonder Boys a 32-27 advantage.
Davis' fourth-quarter scoring strikes --- one to Chance Dennis and the other to Tim Smith --- put the Statesmen back in front and Richard Freelon's 12-yard touchdown run with 2:08 to play iced it for Delta State.
Davis completed 34-of-60 passes for 419 yards and four touchdowns. Dennis made 12 catches for 155 yards and three touchdowns.
Conder completed 20-of-35 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns for the Wonder Boys. Whitmore had 277 all-purpose yards, including a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Wonder Boy since Frantz Simeon recorded an 88-yard return for a score against Incarnate Word on Sept. 5, 2009.
Courtney Rockwell had 15 tackles and Myron Johnson made 14 stops for the Tech defense.
The Wonder Boys will host West Alabama for a non-conference game on Saturday, Sept. 24. Kickoff at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field is set for 6 p.m.
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