TYLER, Texas -- TYLER, Texas – Myles Curl looked to have made the play that would help the Blinn College football team upset the 10th-ranked Tyler Junior College Apaches here Saturday night.
With less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Apaches driving, Curl snatched a loose ball on the Blinn 3-yard line and took it 97 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bucs a four-point lead with 1:25 remaining in the quarter.
Tyler, though, showed its potent offense –– one averaging 490 yards and 51 points per game –– as it put together a six-play, 42-yard touchdown drive to regain its lead and spoil the Buccaneers’ hopes at an upset. The Apaches went on to beat the Bucs 31-28 at Rose Stadium.
After Tyler’s touchdown, the Bucs (2-3, 1-1) received the ball with 19 seconds remaining on the clock, but sophomore quarterback Garry Kimble’s deep pass was intercepted at Tyler’s 34-yard line, effectively ending the game. Kimble was 8-for-15 for 143 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Had the Bucs won, it would have been the second straight week they had upset a ranked team after beating then-No. 17 ranked Northeastern Oklahoma A&M on the road the week prior.
Blinn sophomore running back Klartel Claridy had his second straight 100-yard rushing game as he compiled 140 yards on 26 carries, including a touchdown. But even with Claridy’s attack, the Apaches (4-0, 1-0) effectively used their starting quarterback Matt Davis both through the air and on the ground. Davis combined for 290 of the Apaches’ 490 yards of offense, including four touchdowns, the final on a 10-yard quarterback draw near the end of the fourth to help Tyler regain its lead.
Blinn had 355 yards of total offense and forced three Tyler turnovers.
The loss ends Blinn’s two-game win streak as the team heads into a bye week.
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