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Union scores a late touchdown to upend UVa-Wise on homecoming

Wise, Va.(WYMT) -- Hogan Goodson found Dominque Jefferson for the game-winning touchdown with three seconds remaining as Union College upended UVa-Wise 24-17at Carl Smith Stadium on Saturday. The victory by the Bulldogs spoiled Homecoming 2013 for the Cavaliers with nearly 2,000 on-lookers.

Union (1-3) got on the board first when Alex Sigmon booted a 33-yard field goal. The field goal was setup by a blocked punt that set the Bulldogs up at the Cavalier (0-4) 17 yard line.

UVa-Wise took its first lead of the 2013 season on the ensuing kickoff when James Long raced 95 yards for his second kickoff return touchdown of the season. Paul Melshen was good on the extra point to give the host a 7-3 lead with 6:39 to play in the opening quarter.

The score would remain 7-3 until 5:52 to play in the half when the Bulldogs’ Leonard Dixon capped off a three-play, 18-yard drive with a 19 yard touchdown run. Sigmon made the point after to give Union a 10-7 advantage.

Again, the drive began on the UVa-Wise side of the field as Michael Lowder intercepted a Cullen LaVoi pass and returned in 34 yards to the Cavalier 18 yard-line.

The Bulldogs extend the lead to 10 when Goodson scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown with under 30 seconds to play in the half.

Sigmon made his second point after of the half to send the visitors into the locker room with a 17-7 lead.

UVa-Wise would outscore Union 10-0 in the third period to tie the game. LaVoi hit Terrence Younger with a pass and the sophomore wide receiver took it the distance, 66-yards for a touchdown. Melshen made the extra point to cut the lead to three.

Later in the quarter, Melshen would kick a season-long 46-yard field goal to tie the game.

Union would appear to be on the cusp of winning the contest with a lengthy fourth quarter drive.

After running 16 plays and consuming 7:29 of clock, Sigmon was summoned for a field goal attempt with less than four minutes to play. The field goal attempt was blocked to keep the score knotted at 17.

Following consecutive three and outs, UVa-Wise took possession of the ball with one minute showing on the clock. After a delay-of-game penalty, LaVoi was picked off on the UVa-Wise 39-yard line which would set up the game-winning drive.

Four plays in to the drive; Goodson hit Jefferson for the game-winning touchdown with three seconds remaining to secure the victory.

UVa-Wise’s Andre Dickerson led all players with 99 rushing yards while Younger added three catches for 89 yards and the touchdown. Goodson completed 16 of 34 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown for Union.

On defense, the Bulldogs’ Ryan Shipley had a team-high 10 tackles. The Cavs’ T’Ontray Billups led all players with 11 tackles, three sacks, and five tackles for loss.

UVa-Wise will return to Mountain East Conference play next Saturday when the team travels to Notre Dame College.

Kickoff is set for 2 pm and the action can be heard on WAXM 93.5 or online at www.waxm.com or www.uvawisecavs.com

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