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Two years ago, the game between Louisiana College and Texas Lutheran ended with one of the more dramatic moments in recent Wildcats history. Jamie Bunting’s last-second touchdown pass to Cortland Bell tied the game and sent the Wildcats on to an overtime victory. It came after the Bulldogs’ placekicker missed a field goal that would have clinched the win.
Flash forward to Saturday’s LC-TLU game in Pineville, and the game set up to have an eerily similar end. After Texas Lutheran’s Tyler Brandenburg missed a 43-yard field goal with 3:32 left in the game and the Bulldogs leading 38-32, the Wildcats had the opportunity to repeat history.
LC quarterback Easton Melancon led the Wildcats on a drive that started at their own 26 and had them to the TLU 12-yard line with 30 seconds left. But on a third and 10 play, Melancon, facing pressure, dumped the ball to freshman running back Aurren Cooksey who took on a tackler before being brought down at the 2-yard line.
As seconds ticked off the clock, confusion took over to spoil the Wildcats’ comeback bid. With Melancon trying to get his team set to run a play, LC coach Dennis Dunn – thinking Melancon might try to spike the ball to kill the clock – left the sideline to try to get Melancon’s attention.
Dunn was flagged for sideline interference. With just six seconds on the clock,… »»» read more
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