Sophomore Austin Morton has been nearly perfect all season. It wasn’t bound to change Saturday afternoon.
Morton kicked a 33-yard field goal with no time remaining, giving 23rd-ranked Emporia (Kan.) State a wild 51-49 victory over fifth-rated Minnesota State Mankato at Blakeslee Stadium. Morton made all three of his field goal kicks Saturday and is 16-for-18 on the season.
Morton booted a 41-yard field goal earlier in the fourth quarter. He connected from 32 yards in the first quarter.
The Mavericks (10-2) took a 49-48 lead by scoring two touchdowns three minutes, 10 seconds apart earlier in the fourth quarter. Senior tailback Chad Zastrow scored on a 24-yard run, followed by a 10-yard scoring pass from junior quarterback Ricky Lloyd to senior tight end Bryce Duncan.
The Hornets (10-2) went 27 yards on eight plays to set up Morton’s game-winning kick. The drive started when defensive back JP Lohrentz intercepted Lloyd on a third-and-2 play at the Mavericks 43 with 1:51 remaining.
Emporia State senior quarterback Brent Wilson completed 27 of 48 passes for 437 yards and five touchdowns, three to senior wide receiver Kavaski Ervin.
Zastrow ran for three scores.
Humboldt State (Calif.) 45, Augustana (S.D.) 31: Robert Webber completed 34 of 43 passes for 460 yards and four scores while Ja’Quan Gardner carried the ball 44 times for 246 yards and two touchdowns, but the No. 22 Vikings (9-3) couldn’t slow down the No. 12 Lumberjacks (11-1). Humboldt State had 45 first downs and 707 yards of offense. C.J. Ham had two touchdowns for Augustana.
Henderson State (Ark.) 23, Sioux Falls (S.D.) 16: The Reddies (11-1) intercepted junior quarterback Luke Papilion three times, the last by Tiyun Avery in the end zone with 10 seconds remaining, as No. 15 Henderson State held on to beat the No. 17 Cougars (9-3). Papilion completed 32 of 51 passes for 279 yards and ran for a touchdown.