A valiant fourth quarter charge by the West Alabama Tigers came up short in a 44-36 setback to the University of Arkansas at Monticello on Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.
UWA final drive stalled at the UAM 41 after a James Reiter pass to Tyrone Tomlin came up inches short of extending the potential game-tying drive. The Tiger defense turned away the Boll Weevils on back-to-back possessions late in the final period. The Green and Black missed two field goals down the stretch to give the Tigers life in the final moments of the televised contest. UWA gave up a season-high 44 points, but posted a season-high in points.
The Tigers trailed 44-28 after UAM's quarterback Scott Buisson threw his fourth touchdown of the night to Jywin Ceasar. Buisson also scored two touchdowns on the ground with runs of 40 and four. He finished the contest with 434 total yards - 308 passing, 126 on the ground. The Red and White trimmed the margin to eight at the 14:33 mark in the final period after Tomlin scored from five yards out. The scoring run was the second of the final half for the Bay City, Fla.-native. He turned in a 49-yard run on the opening drive of the second half for UWA. Tomlin led the Tiger ground attack, reaching the 100-yard mark on 10 carries. It marks his third game this season to post 100 yards or more.
In what was a back-and-forth affair in the opening half, UAM took a 30-21 lead into the dressing room with a late scoring drive after the Tigers scored at the 2:05 mark in the second quarter on six-yard touchdown plunge by junior Cole Mason. The Boll Weevils opened the game with a touchdown on a fourth and one play that Buisson turned into points on a fake punt. UWA knotted the game at 7-7 when Terry Allen punched it in from three yards out. UAM's Ceasar hauled in his first of three touchdown receptions. Allen evened the score on a 46-yard scamper to close out the first quarter scoring. A UWA special teams miscue resulted in two points for UAM and Buisson's four-yard scoring run finished up the scoring in the opening stanza.
UWA will celebrate Homecoming next week, hosting No. 5 Delta State on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.