SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Jason Shelley connected with Xavier Lane for the go-ahead touchdown with 29 seconds remaining and Missouri State rallied to defeat Central Arkansas 43-34 on Saturday night.
After Central Arkansas took a 34-30 lead on a Breylin Smith 71-yard pass to Tyler Hudson with 2:14 remaining, Shelley drove Missouri State 69 yards in seven plays, culminated by the 26-yard touchdown pass to Lane for a 37-34 lead. Tylar Wiltz then scored on a pick-6 on the game’s final play.
Missouri State (1-1) led for most of the game but had to rally after letting a nine-point fourth-quarter lead slip away.
Shelley completed 18 of 36 passes for 231 yards. Nine of his completions went to Lane for 148 yards.
Smith was 25-of-38 passing for 332 yards for Central Arkansas (0-2). He had two touchdowns and two interceptions. Lujuan Winningham had 10 receptions for 144 yards.
Missouri State’s Kevon Latulas was the game’s leading rusher with 98 yards on 10 carries.
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