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Delta State knocks off 5th ranked Blazers

October 12, 2006

Cleveland, Ms. - Delta State's defense leads the Gulf South Conference in allowing just over eight points a game.

The Statesmen also have an offense that can find the endzone.

Delta State quarterback Scott Eyster threw three touchdown passes in the Statesmen's 35-28 win over Valdosta State Thursday night.

The two teams scored on the first three possessions with the Statesmen taking a 14-7 lead.

A touchdown by run by Joe Cox upped the Delta State lead 21-7 late in the second quarter.

Valdosta State quarterback Willie Copeland's touchdown pass to Derek Tharpe just before half pulled the Blazers to within a touchdown.

The Blazers tied the game on the opening possession of the third quarteback when Copeland found Zach Parker in the endzone for a touchdown.

But Eyster fired back with a 79 yard touchdown pass to Eric Marshall in the third quarter and a fourth quarter touchdown pass to Jeremy Ricks to put the Statesmen back up by two touchdowns.

Willie Copeland's touchdown pass to Tyler Aurandt with six minutes to play was the final score of the game as the Blazers could not mount a tying touchdown drive in their final two possessions.

Delta State's win over Valdosta State is the first since the first round of the 2000 NCAA Division II playoffs.

Valdosta State (5-1, 3-1) returns home to play West Alabama on October 21st.

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