Life University won an exciting and tense match 33-29 over Arkansas State in Marietta, Ga. Saturday, but could not deny ASU the bonus points sufficient to give the Red Wolves the Mid-South DI-A conference title.
Life led early 11-3 thanks to two Joe Cowley penalty kicks and a try from Zach Walker. But ASU replied to close the gap to 11-10 thanks to Pat Sullivan, who converted his own try. Sullivan then was on the end of some good Red Wolves team play to finish and convert another try for a 17-11 ASU lead.
But Life came back again, as Glen Maricelli's try, with Cowley's conversion, made it 18-17 Life. Arkansas State saw Dean Gericke race over to regain the lead (Sullivan converted to make it 24-18).
Now in the second half of the second half, Life inched closer with a Cowley penalty, but looked like they might have to suffer being swept by ASU as Gavin Brown ran in to make it 29-21 Arkansas State with time winding down.
But there was enough time. Zach Miller's try put Life within striking distance, and after a long period of pressure, Calvin Nell's try under the posts sealed it for the Running Eagles. The lead changed hand five times in this match.
Life evens the series between the two teams at 1-1, but Arkansas State takes 1st in the Mid-South because they earned two bonus points in this second game, one for four tries, and one for a close loss.
Tries: Walker, Maricelli, Miller, Nell
Convs: Cowley 2
Pens: Cowley 3
Arkansas State 29
Tries: Sullivan 2, Gericke, Brown
Convs: Sullivan 3