MONTICELLO, ARKANSAS (AP)— Hud Jackson couldn't have written a better script for his first game as a college head coach.
Trailing by 21 in the fourth quarter, the University of Arkansas at Monticello scored 28 consecutive points against an Arkansas Tech team that had dominated them on both sides of the ball for almost three quarters to defeat the Wonder Boys 38-31.
The comeback began with a 20-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Hunter Leppert to Greg Taylor, the culmination of a six-play, 96-yard drive that lasted just over a minute. The Weevils scored again 45 seconds later, after UAM forced a fumble on Arkansas Tech's first play after Taylor's touchdown.
After an Arkansas Tech punt, Leppert moved the Weevils 63 yards in 12 plays in just over four minutes for the score that should have tied the game, but Ryan Crowley's extra point was blocked.
Trailing 31-30, it took Leppert nine plays and 90 seconds to lead the Weevils' offense 55 yards to their fourth-straight touchdown, connecting with D.J. Stephens in the left corner of the endzone from 17 yards away. Nakita Myles ran in the two-point conversion to give UAM a seven-point lead.Leppert, who finished the game 29 of 46 passing for 345 yards and four touchdowns, couldn't help but smile talking about his first collegiate win.
"You can't describe what that feels like," he said. "That'll never be forgotten. You can't forget a comeback like that."
Stephens led UAM receivers with nine catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns.