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Blazers turnovers result in overtime loss

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October 2, 2008

Valdosta - Valdosta State got a second chance in overtime but a fumble by quarterback Chris Hart in the second overtime gives 14th ranked Delta State a 27-24 double overtime win over the #1 Blazers.

Hart threw an interception on the Blazers first offensive play of overtime.

All Delta State needed was a field goal but they kept running plays and Trevor Deed fumbled at the two-yard line sending the game into a second overtime.

 Delta State had the ball first in the second overtime period and got a field goal from Tom Santos to take a 27-24 lead.

Valdosta State had third down from inside the ten when Chris Hart fumbled the football with no Delta State defender near him.

Damion Davis recovered for the Statesmen.

It was a tough ending to a terrific, hard hitting and penalty filled affair with numerous turnovers.

Valdosta State broke a 3-3 tie in the second quarter with Larry Dean returning a Garrett DeWitt interception for a touchdown.

The Blazers were penalized 15 yards for a sideline violation which resulted in the point after being missed and a 9-3 lead.

Garrett DeWitt recovered from that turnover by throwing a touchdown pass to Tramaine Jenkins.

Chad Schroeder's touchdown run put the Statesmen ahead 17-9.

Valdosta State had a prayer answered when Albert Dukes hauled in Chris Hart's desperation pass in the final seconds of the first half to pull VSU to within one at halftime.

Delta State ended an 18-play, 94 yard drive early in the fourth quarter with Dedrick Wilson throwing a flip pass to Ben Stallings to put the Statesmen in front.

A Statesmen fumble set up a second Chris Hart to Albert Dukes touchdown.

VSU head coach David Dean went for two and Hart to Dukes tied the game at 24.

The loss ends Valdosta State's 11 game winning streak. Valdosta State (4-1, 2-1) is on the road next Saturday at Henderson State.