Snyder kicks No. 19 Louisiana past Ga. Southern
Nate Snyder kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 19 Louisiana a 20-18 victory against visiting Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon in a Sun Belt Conference game.
Snyder, who had missed a 34-yard field goal earlier in the game, made the winning kick after Georgia Southern had taken the lead with 54 seconds left. Shai Werts passed for a touchdown and made the two-point conversion for the Eagles.
Levi Lewis completed 18 of 32 for 290 yards and drove the Ragin’ Cajuns (3-0, 2-0) 39 yards in seven plays on the final drive.
Werts, who finished 11 of 18 for 255 yards, threw a 28-yard touchdown to Khaleb Hood late in the fourth quarter. Werts then narrowly avoided a sack to find Darion Anderson for the 2-point conversion.
That score came one possession after the Eagles (1-1, 0-1) lost an opportunity to tie or go ahead.
Wertz passed to Beau Johnson for what initially was ruled a 57-yard touchdown with 2:48 left. But the play was overturned when replays showed that Johnson lost the ball at the 2-yard line, and it bounced through the end zone for a touchback.
But Georgia Southern forced a punt and Werts drove his team 61 yards in five plays, the last of which was a diving, one-handed catch by Hood.
Elijah Mitchell, who rushed for 164 yards and the winning touchdown in an overtime victory at Georgia State last week, was one of six Louisiana starters who missed the game because of COVID-19 issues.
The Eagles’ Alex Raynor broke a 7-7 halftime tie when he kicked a 27-yard field goal with 5:49 left in the third quarter.
Snyder’s 25-yard field goal on the ensuing possession tied the score at the end of the third quarter.
Louisiana took its first lead of the game when Lewis threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to freshman Errol Rogers Jr. with 10:34 left in the game.
Werts threw a 61-yard pass to Wesley Kennedy III that set up J.D. King’s 2-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter to open the scoring. King finished with 100 yards.
Trey Ragas, who started in Mitcvhell’s place, rushed 10 yards for a tying touchdown with 9:25 left in the second quarter.
–Field Level Media