July 22, 2007
Albany -- The South Georgia Wildcats offense did just about everything right Saturday night, as quarterback D. Bryant connected on 27 of 32 passes for 300 yards and nine touchdowns, but the Cats came out on the short end of the stick, falling 71-61 in their home finale.
The Cats and Steeldogs trading punches throughout the contest, but it's quick scoring by Alabama making the difference.
South Georgia was up ten points with just 0:08 left in the first half when Steeldogs QB Mitch Tanney pushed his way into the endzone for the touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, Matt Jackson had the ball knocked out of his hands by John Mohring while making the return.
Alabama recovered, kicked a field goal, and suddenly it was a tie game headed into the break.
Tied at 55 with three minutes left in the game, Tanney would connect with Markeith Cooper for the touchdown, the Steeldogs are up seven.
South Georgia looked to answer back on the next series, but Bryant had nobody open, and the ball was knocked out of his hands by Rico Reese, and bounced back into the endzone for a safety.
The Wildcats would try an onside kick after the safety, but it's recovered by Alabama, and they add another score.
Wildcats defensive back Daryon Brutley says the Steeldogs made the most of their opportunities.
"What they did was come out and play that mistake-free offense," says Brutley. "Keep it short and sweet. On defense, we kept making mistakes, and the capitalized on our mistakes. In Arena ball, if you make a mistake, it's hard to win."
Head coach Derek Stingley adds "It's always a good game, we try to outthink each other, and play for that last possession. Which it was going to come down to, and then the safety kind of screwed everything up. You can't win them all. They got our number? You could say we got everyone else's number."
The Wildcats play their regular season finale next week at Tulsa.