Late TD completes Navarro comeback in Brazos Valley Bowl
December 7, 2013
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BRYAN, Texas – Navarro (Texas) running back Tim Wright led the No. 16 Bulldogs to a late come from behind victory over Hinds (Miss.) in the 2013 Brazos Valley Bowl Saturday. Wright capped the comeback with a 10-yard rushing touchdown with 10 seconds left on the game clock to clip the 14th-ranked Eagles 34-27.
It was the biggest comeback of the season for Navarro, who trailed 27-13 late in the third quarter when Bulldog quarterback Josh Greer engineered a 70-yard, five-play touchdown drive to narrow Hinds’ lead 27-20.
Navarro would score again in quick fashion after a three-and-out by the Eagles, driving 56 yards in seven plays. Wright ended the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 27-27.
The Bulldogs marched down to the one-yard line on its next possession early in the fourth quarter with a chance to take the lead but Wright lost the handle on the ball and Hinds recovered. Yet, the Navarro defense again provided its offense with another opportunity late in the fourth quarter and the Bulldogs took advantage.
The winning drive was aided greatly by a 26-yard punt return to Hind’s 48-yard line by Mickchell Potts. A 12-yard rush by Wright was followed up by a crucial fourth-and-10 conversion that saw Greer scramble and connect with a pass to Alex Alen at the 16-yard line. With the clock ticking critical seconds away, Wright rushed for six yards to the 10-yard line. He then rushed to the line of scrimmage and took the ball again with less than 20 seconds left in the game and sliced through the Hinds defense and into the endzone for the game-winning score.
Wright finished the game with 249 yards on 35 carries and four touchdowns while Greer, who missed most of the season with a broken collar bone, completed 17-of-26 passes for 179 yards. Kicker Carlos Macias also played a big role in the Navarro win, hitting two field goals in frigid conditions of 19 and 37 yards.
The Bulldog defense allowed only 24 yards and two first downs after Navarro fell behind 27-13. Kyron Minter led the team with seven tackles and a sack.
Hinds quarter back James Summers led the Eagles with 126 yards passing and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 113 yards.