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UWA downs Harding on road

SEARCY, Ark. – The University of West Alabama football team snapped a six-game losing streak at Harding with a 22-17 win at First Security Stadium. UWA improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Gulf South Conference while Harding falls to 2-3 and 0-3 in the conference.

The conference, road win is the first for UWA since Nov. 7, 2009 — a 31-28 four, overtime victory at top-ranked North Alabama.

UWA totaled 397 yards of total offense in the game while HU recorded 365 total yards. The Tigers total yardage was the fewest on the season for the Red and White.

A 15-yard pass from Deon Williams to Gerald Worsham placed UWA back in front 22-17 with 1:13 remaining in the game. The TD hookup was the second time that the duo hooked for a score in the game. Worsham, a native of Birmingham, Ala., hauled in six catches for 99 yards. Williams, a Tuscaloosa, Ala. product, threw for 293 yards on the night while completing 23 of his 37 attempts.

The road victory didn’t come easy for the Red and White as the Tigers turned back a late Bisons’ charge. HU drove 37 yards in 10 plays, but a Josh Powell pass to Jordan Watson fell incomplete as time expired in the contest.

An Adin Menkin 21 yard field goal put the Tigers behind for the first time in the game at 17-16. Kurt Adams pulled down a 6 yard pass from Chaz Rogers to pull the Bisons to 16-14.

After the two teams exchanged touchdowns passes in the first half of the opening quarter, T-Ray Mitchell rushed from 2 yards out to lift the Tigers up 13-7 following a failed extra point. Brock Sharp put the Red and White up 16-7 as he connected on a 42 yard field goal in the second quarter.

UWA’s first score came on a 26 yard pass from Williams to Worsham. The Bisons answered with a 29 yard pass and catch from Powell to Jeremy Holt – tying the game at 7-all.

West Alabama returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 16 as UWA hosts Henderson State for Homecoming 2010. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.