EMORY, VA. — In his comments before the game between Concord University and Emory & Henry, ÇU Head Coach Dave Walker said his team had to learn to hold onto leads late in the game.
On Saturday, at Fred Self Stadium, the Mountain Lions first rallied from a 17-7 second quarter deficit and outscored the Wasps 20-3 over the remainder of the game then held on for a 27-20 victory.
After getting down by the 17-7 deficit which resulted after a bad snap on a punt was recovered by the Wasps in the end zone, CU running back Kris Copeland took the resulting kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown with 4:15 left in the first half to make the score 17-14.
After forcing an E&H punt with 1:54 left in the half, the Mountain Lions went into the two-minute drill which concluded successfully when quarterback Jack Mangel hit receiver Jarod Bowie with a 25-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left to make the score 20-17 at halftime.
CU was tested defensively midway through the third quarter when E &H got deep in their zone. The defensive stand proved successful when Ty Maust and Phillip Russell stopped running back Grayson Overstreet on fourth-and-goal.
The Wasps managed to tie the game 20-20 as they connected on a 22-yard field goal with 2:26 left in the third quarter.
The Mountain Lions immediately responded with a 62-yard five-minute drive which resulted with a Copeland one-yard touchdown to make the score 27-20 CU. The run was set up by a 17-yard pass from Mangel to Bowie on third-and-11.
The Concord defense held for the rest of the game with the last Emory & Henry drive stopped on downs.
Mangel passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Bowie and Cayden Chambers (40 yards).
Bowie caught six passes for 92 yards and a score.
Copeland had 221 all-purpose yards with two scores including the first CU score on a kickoff since 2014.
On defense, Maust had 10 tackles, Tylen Fowler seven, two for loss and Dajor Davenport had five, three for loss including a sack. The defense held the Wasps to 227 yards total.
CU (1-0) opens both their home and Mountain East Conference schedule against Glenville State Saturday at Callaghan Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m.
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