FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Luke Wingo led a seven-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to give North Alabama a 31-28 lead with 44 seconds to play and Darvell picked off a West Georgia pass at the UNA two-yard line on the final play of the game to give the Lions a 31-28 win over West Georgia at Braly Stadium.
In a battle for the Gulf South Conference lead, the fourth ranked Lions remained unbeaten at 4-0 in league play, while West Georgia fell to 2-2. UNA is 7-0 overall and has won its last 14 consecutive regular-season games. West Georgia is now 6-2 overall.
West Georgia quarterback Emmanuel Taylor, who rushed fir 170 yards on 24 carries, scored on a four-yard run with 6:25 left in the game to put the Wolves on top 28-24.
North Alabama fumbled on its ensuing possession but the UNA defense held and forced a punt. Wingo then engineered a masterful drive that culminated with a nine-yard pass to Delvon Carpenter for the game-winning score with just 44 seconds to play.
West Georgia moved into UNA territory but Harris picked off Taylor’s pass on the final play of the game.
UNA gained 478 total yards and Wingo completed 24-of-36 passes for 316 yards and two scores and the Lions had 162 yards on the ground.
West Georgia gained 471 total yards with 287 rushing and 184 passing. The Wolves put up the three longest plays that UNA has allowed this season with a 45-yard run, and passes of 62 and 51 yards. The Lions also turned the ball over a season-high four times.
West Georgia took the opening kickoff and promptly marched 65 yards in just six plays to take the early lead. Quarterback Emmanuel Taylor raced 45-yards up the middle of the field to the end zone for the touchdown and Hunter Heck added the extra-point to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead. It marked the first time this season that North Alabama has trailed in the first half.
The Lions first drive ended with an interception deep in West Georgia territory but UNA would find the end zone on its next possession. Quarterback Luke Wingo hit Dre Hall with a 17-yard touchdown pass to cap a 14-play, 90-yard drive and Taylor Pontius kick tied the game at 7-7 with 12:52 remaining in the first half.
UNA scored on its opening drive of the second half, covering 79 yards in eight plays. Wingo scored on a one-yard run and Pontius PAT made it 14-7 at 11:54 of the third quarter. West Georgia immediately answered as Taylor hit Denarius Appling with a 62-yard TD pass to tie the game with 10:26 left in the third.
Pontius put UNA back on top with a 23-yard field goal at 3:10 of the third quarter but Taylor scored on a 17-yard run to give West Georgia the lead back with 13:55 left in the game.
Lamonte Thompson scored on a nine-yard run with 8:54 remaining in the game to make it 24-21 UNA but Taylor then scored his third TD to give the Wolves a 28-24 advantage.
North Alabama travels to Cleveland, Miss., on Nov. 1 for a 6 p.m. battle with the Delta State Statesmen.
courtesy: UNA media relations