MBA strikes late to beat Baylor

MBA strikes late to beat Baylor

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MBA strikes late to beat Baylor

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Montgomery Bell Academy struck for two touchdowns in the final six minutes to rally for a 24-20 Division II-AA victory over previously unbeaten and No. 2 Baylor on Friday.

Baylor had overcome a 10-3 halftime deficit with three scoring drives to open the second half, taking a 20-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.

However, MBA answered with a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive, capped by Dylan Hall’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Wilson Johnson, converting third-and-goal.

After stopping Baylor on third-and-2, the Big Red then drove 68 yards in six plays. That drive ended in a Hall-to-Brooks Best third-down touchdown pass, this time covering 10 yards with just 49 seconds remaining.

“It was a slant, and we felt like it would be there because we had used it earlier in the game,” Hall said. “This is a huge road win for us in this league.”

Baylor rotated quarterbacks through the first three games and in the first half Friday. But a shaky second quarter by sophomore Nick Tiano opened the door for junior Michael O’Connor to take control of the offense for the final drive of the first half and throughout the second half.

O’Connor accounted for 74 of the 80 yards on Baylor’s scoring drive to open the third quarter, including an 11-yard scoring pass to Reggie Upshaw. He later connected again with Upshaw on a 35-yard pass to set up the Red Raiders’ second TD, a 4-yard run by O’Connor, who finished 16-of-25 for 200 yards.

“He did a good job of running the offense in the second half,” Baylor coach Phil Massey said. “But we’ve still got a long way to go on offense.

“We thought was had them gassed early in the fourth, but that long drive they had kind of recharged them, and they had a lot of energy to finish the game.”

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