By Cheval John
Reporter, Vallano Media
No.2 Seeded Eastern Washington was leading the Towson Tigers 31-28 with less than 1:50 remaining in the NCAA Division I FCS semifinal matchup in Cheney, Washington.
Eastern Washington scored 31 unanswered points after Towson tacked on 21 points in the early stages of the first half and was trying to maintain a slim three point lead after a spectucular 3-yard touchdown run by Towson's tailback Terrance West.
The Eagles was in the Tiger's end of the field and needed to convert a crucial 4 and 2 play that would have allowed them to run out the clock and stake a claim in the championship game in Frisco, Texas.
But sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams, threw the ball just out of the reach of his intended receiver and the Tigers sensed their chance to capitalized on their opportunity with close to a minute left to play.
Quarterback Connor Frazier led the Tigers across the field, torching the Eagles' defense with pass completions that put them in position at the goal line with 30 seconds left in the game.
A few plays later, Frazier, on the quarterback sneak, pushed his way into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown that made it 35-31 with 17 seconds left.
The stunned crowd at Roos Field was hoping that this was not a repeat performance of what happened to their Eagle football team 9 years ago when Sam Houston State, who was trailing by 20 for most of the game, marched across the field with no timeouts and scored the tying touchdown and the game-winning extra point with no time left.