Dustin Monke / Forum Communications Co., Published September 05 2010
College football: Late DSU TD downs CobbersDICKINSON, N.D. – The play wasn’t designed, it wasn’t expected and the touchdown it led to probably shouldn’t have happened.
Yet, with 35 seconds left in the fourth quarter and his team trailing by a point, Dickinson State senior Derion Williams made a miracle happen and the Blue Hawks stayed unbeaten with a 29-24 victory over Concordia College.
Williams caught a tipped pass at about the 30-yard line and raced into the end zone for the 58-yard, game-winning touchdown reception with 30 seconds remaining on Saturday afternoon in front of an estimated 3,000 fans at the Badlands Activities Center.
DSU quarterback Cody Holland’s pass was intended for senior tight end Derek Pauley, who tipped it about 5 yards behind him and into Williams’ arms. Williams caught the ball near the right sideline and outran a pair of Concordia defenders across the field for the score, which gave the Blue Hawks the five-point lead.
“It was a miracle play,” said Pauley, who also caught two touchdown passes. “It wasn’t planned.”
Concordia moved the ball to DSU’s 32-yard line before Sean Russell intercepted Concordia junior quarterback Mike Dunham near the goal line as time expired to seal the Blue Hawks’ first win over Concordia in school history.
“A lot of teams who are very young could just throw in the towel, but we kept fighting and battling and that’s a positive in my eyes,” Concordia head coach Terry Horan said. “We’ve got to make sure we can run with that.”
The same could be said for DSU, which starts the season 2-0 for the first time since 2004.
Williams’ unbelievable play sank Concordia’s relentless fourth-quarter comeback.
The Cobbers, playing their first game of the season, went from trailing 20-7 at the start of the fourth to leading 24-23 with 1:01 remaining.
But, on fourth-and-10 from the DSU 42 with 39 seconds to play, Holland rolled out right and threw a dart to Pauley, who said he tipped the ball to keep it from being intercepted and with the hope that one of his teammates was near the play.
Williams said he thought the ball was coming to him.
“When I first got off the line, I beat the corner, so I thought the ball was coming to me,” said Williams, who starts at cornerback for DSU but plays receiver in certain situations. “I was just waiting for him to tip it up or for it to get hit around somewhere. I knew I was wide open.”
Concordia 0 7 0 17–24
Dickinson State 7 7 6 9–29
DSU–Paulye 19 pass from Holland (Escobedo kick)
CC–Starke 19 pass from Dunham (Diaz kick)
DSU–Pauley 17 pass from Holland (Escobedo kick)
DSU–Escobedo 35 FG
DSU–Escobedo 37 FG
CC–Diaz 32 FG
CC–Shepherd 15 pass from Dunham (Diaz kick)
DSU–Escobedo 20 FG
CC–Johnson 1 run (Diaz kick)
DSU–Williams 58 pass from Holland
First downs 20 14
Rushes-yards 118 135
Passing 238 248
Comp-Att-Int 27-40-1 11-23-1
Punts-Avg. 7-32.6 5-41.8
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 6-35 6-63
Time of Possession 30.13 29.47
RUSHING: CC, Dunham 10-55, Nic Johnson 11-38, SaariBovre 3-14, Gilson 2-7, Jedinak 4-5, Johnson 1-(-1). DSU, Herr 15-66, Williams 11-62, Haughian 4-12, Grosz 1-1, Holland 7-(-6).
PASSING: CC, Dunham 27-39-1 238 yards. DSU, Holland 11-22-1 248 yards.
RECEIVING: CC, Shepherd 10-80, Starke 4-61, Whiting 4-24, SaariBovre 3-35, Gilson 3-17, Weller 1-6, Bergeson 1-5. DSU, Pauley 4-76, Leak 2-19, Smith 1-62, Williams 1-58, Straub 1-15, Grosz 1-9, Herr 1-9.
Monke is the sports editor of The Dickinson Press