November 9, 2002
(Valdosta-AP) -- Backup quarterback Barrett Wilkes came off the bench to lead Valdosta State on an eight-play, 67-yard fourth quarter drive, completing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Jordan. The play snapped a 24-24 tie and gave the Blazers a 31-24 Gulf South Conference victory today. The victory gave Valdosta State (10-0, 8-0) at least a share of its third straight conference championship and was the Blazers' 26th straight triumph in the regular season.
VSU took a 24-10 lead into the fourth quarter before the Wonder Boys (4-6, 3-5) rallied, scoring on a 58-yard run by Anthony Adams and a 3-yard run by Mark Ewersmann to tie the game with 7:04 remaining. Blazer head coach Chris Hatcher called on Wilkes to take over for a struggling Buster Faulkner, and the freshman responded, completing five of seven passes for 59 yards on the winning drive.
VSU jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead, getting a blocked punt by Wesley Brown which Scott Foss fell on in the end zone for a touchdown and adding a 23-yard Will Rhody field goal. Following a 35-yard field goal by Tech's Kyle Magrini, the Blazers scored on a 9-yard pass from Faulkner to Reggie Mosley. The Wonder Boys answered with a 38-yard pass from Ewersmann to Cory Thompson 1:11 before halftime, but VSU drove 51 yards in six plays to score on a 3-yard pass from Faulkner to Mosley with three seconds left.