Devontae Dean had three touchdowns and Demilon Brown had one, leading the University of Arkansas at Monticello to a 31-28 homecoming win over Southern Nazarene Saturday at Cotton Boll Stadium.
The Weevils rushed for 363 total yards and came from behind in the second half to get the win.
Brown led on the ground with 146 yards, highlighted by a 74-yard touchdown run in the second half. had 107 yards on the ground and provided most of the scoring. On defense, UAM had two interceptions. Jonathan Scott snagged one for 24 yards, and defensive lineman Easton Seidl picked one off following a deflection.
In the first quarter, SNU capitalized on a fumble. After UAM’s first drive went backwards, the Weevils then fumbled the snap on the punt, putting the Crimson Storm in great field position at the UAM eight. SNU would then score the first touchdown of the game and hit the extra point.
UAM answered early in the second quarter. Following a three-and-out for the Weevils, SNU’s Reid Roeloffs muffed a punt and UAM recovered starting a drive in SNU territory. Brown then completed a 37-yard pass to DeAndre Washington setting up Dean to plunge it in for the two-yard touchdown. The PAT was good and the game was tied, 7-7.
On the next play, Angel Quiroga’s kick was returned for a 97-yard touchdown. SNU would hit the extra point to go ahead, 14-7. SNU later would kick a pair of field goals and take a 20-7 lead into halftime.
The second half turned out to be a different story as UAM came out firing on both sides. SNU’s first drive of the half turned out to be nothing and UAM bounced back with a score of its own. Following a 5-play 44-yard drive, it was Dean again who punched it in for the score. Josh Marini then hit the extra point as UAM cut into the deficit, 20-14.
UAM forced SNU to punt again on its following drive and came back with a 10-play 80-yard drive that ended in a Dean rushing touchdown. The Weevils took the lead, 21-20, and held it through the end of the third quarter.
Brown would put the Weevils ahead 28-20 on his 74-yard rushing TD after UAM forced SNU to punt once again with 12:48 left to go in the contest. UAM made it 24-unanswered points later in the quarter when Marini hit a 35-yard field goal following an 8-play 36-yard drive.
SNU would eventually score a touchdown and hit the 2-point conversion to make it 31-28 with 3:00 minutes left. However, the Crimson Storm elected to kick it away instead of attempting an onside kick.
The Weevils then sealed the deal giving the ball to Dean and Chris Hargraves for a pair of first downs. UAM would win the contest, 31-28.
The game ball was presented to UAM Chancellor Dr. Karla Hughes following the contest.
UAM improves to 5-2, its best seven-game record since 2008.
UAM will travel to Oklahoma Baptist next Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff.