WISE, VA- No. 13 Notre Dame College scored 19 fourth quarter points to overcome an 11-point deficit in the final 5:30 of play to knock off UVa-Wise 25-17 on Senior Day 2018 at Carl Smith Stadium.
UVa-Wise (3-6, 3-6 MEC) held a 17-6 lead after Tanner Bernard hooked up with Eli Marks on a 33-yard touchdown. Bernard and Marks executed a perfect pump-and-go route for Marks’ first collegiate touchdown.
From there, Notre Dame (10-0, 10-0 MEC) kept its hope of a perfect season alive as Marvelle Ross capped a 4-play, 45-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown reception off the arm of Chris Brimm to make it a 17-12 contest. The defensive duo of Buster Henderson and Dylan Giovine would stop the two-point conversion try to keep it a five point advantage.
On the following possession, the Cavaliers found themselves three yards from a first down on a third down play only to see the Falcons pull of a strip sack and recover the ball at the 15-yard line.
Two plays later, Brimm rushed in from 11 yards out to give the guests their first lead of the day. Again, the two point conversion failed, leaving Notre Dame with an 18-17 lead.
UVa-Wise took possession of the football with 2:57 to play on its own 10-yard line but would eventually turn the ball over on downs at its own 21-yard line.
Notre Dame seemingly put the game out of reach when Brian Walker raced 14 yards to the UVa-Wise 4-yard line only to see Marquis Hamilton strip the ball and recover it to give his team one final chance.
The chance quickly evaporated as a strip sack in the end zone was recovered by the Falcons to seal the victory.
The Cavs defense played well throughout the game as the unit held the Falcons scoreless for the first half as the hosts took a 7-0 lead to intermission.
In the second half, UVa-Wise forced a pair of fumbles as the defense finished with eight tackles for loss. Hamilton led the way as he posted a game-high 11 tackles to go with his forced fumble and fumble recovery. Senior Donavan Montague tallied six solo stops as part an stop day in his final home game at Carl Smith Stadium.
UVa-Wise built its lead to as high as 17-6 behind Marks’ touchdown reception and an earlier 37-yard field goal by Trevor Owens.
Notre Dame was led by freshman tailback Jaleel McLaughlin who gained 117 yards on 32 carries, Brimm finished 16-for-33 through the air for 280 yards and two touchdowns.
The Cavs turned the ball over five times in the loss which led to 13 points for the Falcons.
Courtesy: UVA-Wise Athletics