After trailing at halftime 14-3, and falling further behind 20-3 in the third quarter, Ferrum turned things around and went on a 21-0 run to take a fourth quarter lead 24-20. These scores started with a Troy Helton run of 12 yards, and a second run of two yards. Next, Montel Lee sacked the LaGrange quarterback, forcing a fumble. Lee picked up the loose ball, and carried it 30 yards for Ferrum's last score.
While the comeback was an excellent example of not giving up, unfortunately, LaGrange did not give up either. They scored after a 13 play drive resulted in a touchdown and they retook the lead 27-24 with 5:27 left in the game.
After each team had one more possession, each ending with a punt, Ferrum took the final possession of the game starting at the LaGrange 39 yard line. The problem was there was only 2:26 left in the game, and Ferrum had no more time outs. (They had used two on LaGrange's previous possession, and their first one of the half was used with 1:42 left in the third quarter.)
While Ferrum was able to advance the ball down to the two yard line, time ran out, and the game was over before they could run a fourth down play.
Was this a case of bad clock management? I am sure that there are some that think so. Since I was not at the game, and cannot see a video of the game, I cannot say for sure, but what I do know is that there are many things that happened in the game that could have affected the outcome. Penalties, and turnovers are two things that may have made a difference. Why would you not spike the ball to stop the clock in those last few plays?
It was a good effort, and a game that Ferrum could have, and likely should have won, but before you readers blame the coaches, give thought to the fact that possibly that there are many things that could have changed the outcome, and while it may have been a clock management issue, could it not have also been LaGrange, in this game played just a little better?