UAM upsets Arkansas Tech

UAM Upsets Arkansas Tech

The University of Arkansas at Monticello upset No. 24 Arkansas Tech, 46-45, Saturday at home.

UAM improves its record to 3-3 while Arkansas Tech falls to 4-2.

UAM senior wide-receiver, Jalen Tolliver broke the UAM record for most receiving yards in a career with a total of 2,742. The previous career record of 2,646 was set during the 1995-96 season by Anthony Giovingo.

Arkansas Tech struck first with a 24-yard passing touchdown at 11:03 in the first quarter to take the 7-0 lead. The Weevils answered late in the quarter with a 33-yard pass from Cole Sears to Jalen Tolliver, tying the game 7-7.

Tolliver gave UAM a 13-7 lead early in the second quarter with a 1-yard rushing touchdown before the the Wonder Boys fired back with a 9-yard rushing touchdown and PAT giving Arkansas Tech the 14-13 lead with 7:58 remaining in the half.

The back-and-forth battle continued with freshman running back Logan Penn finding the end-zone on the ground from two yards out, (the UAM 2-point conversion failed) to put the score at 19-14 in favor of Arkansas-Monticello.

Arkansas Tech reclaimed the lead, 21-19, on a quarterback rush up the middle from nine yards away, but the Weevil offense was able to march down the field and finish off the half with a 33-yard Josh Marini field goal and give UAM a 22-21 edge.

Arkansas Tech began the second half of play with a 2-yard rushing touchdown to retake the lead at 28-22 with just 12:18 left in the third quarter.

UAM found success once again through the air as Sears found Trevon Smith for 33 yards and the score, swinging the momentum back to the Weevils, 29-28.

The Weevils added to the slim lead with another Josh Marini field goal from from 29 yards out, extending the advantage to 32-28.

Arkansas Tech opened the fourth quarter with a 36-yard quarterback scramble, regaining the lead at 35-32. Arkansas Tech came up with a big play on UAM’s next possession, forcing an interception, returning it 39 yards for the touchdown, and giving Tech a 42-32 lead, with just 13:10 left in the contest.

UAM began to chip away at the lead with a 20-yard Tolliver touchdown to put the ATU advantage at 42-39, before Tech answered with a 24-yard field goal, making the score 45-39. But UAM wasn’t done, with just 1:44 remaining on the clock, Cole Sears ran the ball for 10 yards, diving into the end-zone for the score and sealing the game for UAM, 46-45.

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Jalen Tolliver: 9 catches, 111 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown

Cole Sears: 29-of-49, 365 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 48 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown

Imani Riley: 15 carries, 65 rushing yards

Christian Jefferson: 7 total tackles

Anthony Walker: 4 total tackles, 1.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 2 passes broken up

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