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Football: Gaither 24, Alonso 21

TAMPA — Gaither's Alex McGough engineered a winning drive with less than two minutes remaining and Vu Le went the final yard in a 24-21 victory, the Cowboys' first at Alonso since 2006.

Alonso had taken a 21-17 lead on Ish Witter's 5-yard touchdown run and the extra point by Gage Fox.

"We felt a lot of pressure to win tonight," Cowboys coach Jason Stokes said. "We finally settled down and did what we were coached to do. We still have a lot of work to do."

The Ravens jumped to a 7-0 on a short TD run by Brandon Hawkins.

But the Cowboys came back with scores by Shug Oyegunle and Le to lead 14-7 at halftime.

The Ravens tied the game at 14 on a 1-yard run by Witter.

The Cowboys got a Dalton Gilson field goal to make it 17-14.

But Ravens defensive back Ray Domagala ripped the ball away from a Cowboys receiver to set Alonso up to take the lead on a pitchout to Witter.

Then came Le's TD run.

There were still 16 seconds left after Le's score, and the Ravens got a huge completion to Derius Davis to the Cowboys' 15-yard line but time ran out on Alonso.

The Cowboys got huge performances from their backs. Le had five catches for 54 yards and eight carries for just 28 but two of those carries were for touchdowns. Oyegunle had four catches for 103 yards, 70 of them came on a 10-yard hitch that he turned upfield, spun out of a tackle and sliced through the Raven defense for the Cowboys' first score.

The hard-nosed running of Jamari Cord, four carries for 57 yards, set the Cowboys up at the goal line during their winning touchdown drive.


Football: Gaither 24, Alonso 21 09/01/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 2, 2012 1:22am]
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