BATESVILLE, Ark. – Wayland Baptist University connected on a 41-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the game to defeat Lyon College, 30-28, on Saturday at Pioneer Stadium.
Lyon dropped to 2-4 on the season and 0-3 in the CSFL, while WBU improved to 2-3 and 2-1 in the conference.
The Pioneers drove the ball down the field on the opening field goal, but had to settle for a field goal and took a 3-0 advantage over the Scots.
Lyon College quickly answered back on its next possession. After a pair of runs to open up the drive, Cody Jones (SR/Russellville, Ark.) found Josh Abel (FR/Jensen Beach, Fla.) down the middle of the field for a 69-yard touchdown pass and put the Scots ahead, 7-3.
Wayland Baptist took to the air on its next possession to quickly regain the lead. WBU's quarterback Mitchell Parsley completed four straight passes to open up the drive before De'Sean Johnson picked up three yards on the ground. Parsley connected with Brayln Kirby on his next two attempts, going for 17 and nine yards. After another short run by the Pioneers, Parsley gave WBU a 10-7 advantage with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Malik Sims.
Both defenses began to settle in, until the Scots produced another scoring drive late in the second quarter. After the Scots forced the Pioneers to punt, Jones got the Scots started with a nine-yard pass to Abel. Fabian Buenrostro (SR/Tulare, Calif.) got the call on the next two plays, as he picked up five and seven yards on the ground, respectively. The Scots were able to keep the drive alive on a key fourth-down play as Titus Nelson (FR/Zachary, La.) converted on a one-yard run. Lyon continued to drive down the field as Jones completed three of his next four passes. The Scots were forced into another fourth down situation on the WBU 38-yard line. Lyon College elected to go for it once again and the decision paid off as Nelson found the end zone on a 38-yard run to put the Scots ahead, 14-10.
The back-and-forth battle continued as Wayland Baptist scored on its next possession, following a 12-yard touchdown pass from Parsley to Sims and gave the Pioneers a 17-14 halftime lead.
Wayland Baptist intercepted a pass to open up the second half that ignited another scoring drive. Parsley found his go-to target in Sims for a 12-yard pass to put the Pioneers deep inside Lyon territory. After a 12-yard run by Johnson, Parlsey took care of the rest with a 10-yard scamper and extended the Pioneers' lead to 24-14.
Once again, the defenses held firm for much of the quarter, until the Scots were able to find the end zone again at the end of the quarter. Nelson proved to be the workhorse for much of the drive as he carried the ball six times. With the ball on the WBU 13-yard line, Buenrosto shook off a couple would-be tacklers and found the end zone to cut the deficit to 24-21.
After WBU extended its lead to 27-21 with a 24-yard field goal to open up the fourth quarter, the two teams traded possessions until the Scots found their groove again. After the Pioneers pinned Lyon College down to its own five-yard line following a punt, the Scots began to march down the field. Jones gave the Scots some breathing room with a 15-yard strike to Able. The Scots kept with their signal-caller as the senior completed a 20-yard pass to Trent Webb (SR/Kingwood, Texas) and followed that with a six-yard pass to Jacquez Parker (FR/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and a nine-yard pass to Webb. The Pioneers slowed down Jones just for a second before the senior completed his next four passes to the Scots inside WBU territory. Nelson picked up two yards on the ground before Jones completed a 12-yard pass to Parker that put the Scots on the WBU four-yard line. Nelson rumbled his way into the end zone and gave the Scots a 28-27 lead.
The Pioneers received the kickoff following the Lyon College score and appeared as if they would have to drive the ball nearly 75-yards down the field, but the Scots picked up a critical penalty that gave Wayland Baptist an extra 15 yards and put the ball on the WBU 41-yard line. Danny Campos followed the penalty with a 28-yard pass that put the Pioneers inside Lyon territory. Johnson ran the ball on the next two plays and worked his way down to the Lyon College 24-yard line and set up Daniel Martinez for the game-winning 41-yard field goal.
- Nelson rushed the ball 16 times for 97 yards to lead the Scots' ground game.
- Abel caught seven passes for 136 yards and one touchdown.
- Stephen Benedik (JR/Panama City, Fla.) led the Lyon College defense with nine total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles-for-loss.
- Sims caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns for WBU.
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE SCOTS
The Lyon College football team travel to No. 10 Arizona Christian next week for a 9 p.m. (CST) kickoff in Phoenix.
|Wayland Baptist (Texas) (2-3, 2-1 CSFL )||10||7||7||6||30|
|Lyon College (2-4, 0-3 CSFL)||7||7||7||7||28|
|Wayland Baptist (Texas)||Indv. Leaders||Lyon College|
|#14 Mitchell Parsley - 95||Rushing||#32 Titus Nelson - 97|
|#14 Mitchell Parsley - 163||Passing||#13 Cody Jones - 241|
|#4 Malik Sims - 85||Receiving||#16 Josh Abel - 136|
|Wayland Baptist (Texas)||Team Statistics||Lyon College|