Mississippi Valley State almost pulled off a huge upset for the second straight week.
With 3:18 remaining on the clock, MVSU was in a prime position for the second time in two weeks, but when all was said and done, the Delta Devils suffered heartbreak as Lamar rallied late to tie the game and then won 23-20 in overtime Saturday at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont, Texas.
Lamar overcame two fourth-quarter turnovers.
Trailing by a touchdown in the final minutes, Jordan Hoy led the Cardinals on a 14-play, 75-yard scoring drive to tie the game with 31 seconds remaining. A pass interference call in the end zone set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Hoy.
Lamar got the ball first in overtime, using a clutch 44-yard field goal from Bailey Giffen to take the lead. Giffen missed two attempts in the first half but responded well with three makes after that.
The Cardinal defense then came up with an important sack on the ensuing MVSU drive, forcing the Delta Devils out of field goal range. A heave by quarterback Dejerric Bryant fell harmlessly to the ground, giving Lamar the overtime victory.
Neither team looked good on offense early. Lamar moved the ball a bit but often stalled in scoring situations.
It was MVSU that started the scoring in the second. After a pass interference call put the Delta Devils in prime position, Bryant ran for a two-yard touchdown to put the Cardinals down 7-0.
He rushed for two and added a passing touchdown to Johnny Wilson and ended the day with 218 yards — 127 on the ground and 91 through the air. John’Derrick Smith of Greenwood had 39 rushing yards on 12 carries.
MVSU retook the lead late in the third quarter on a 4-yard fade into the back of the end zone from Byrant to Wilson. The extra point was blocked, leaving Lamar’s deficit at 13-10.
“They were everything we expected and more,” Lamar head coach Mike Schultz said of MVSU.
The tie game would be short lived as MSVU drove right down the field for the go-ahead score. Bryant competed a long pass down the sideline, then scrambled for a 22-yard touchdown run that put the Delta Devils ahead 20-13 with 5:39 left to play.
Lamar outgained MVSU 437-301. The Cardinals now look ahead to their matchup with Texas A&M in College Station.
Tracy Thompkins registered 15 tackles for the second time as a Delta Devil.