The lead changed hands four times Saturday before the Chadron State Eagles converted a pair of turnovers into touchdowns and defeated the pesky New Mexico Highlands Cowboys 43-38 at home.
The Eagles trailed 31-30 when workhorse Kevin Coy put them ahead 37-31 on a 16-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter after linebacker Merritt Crabtree recovered a Highlands’ fumble at midfield.
The Cowboys fumbled again on their next possession and safety Malik Goss took the bobble 62-yards for what proved to be the winning touchdown.
Coy carried 21 times for 148 yards and CSC quarterback Dalton Holst completed 17 of 29 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns.
Highlands quarterback Danny Cameron also had the hot hand, completing 26 of 39 passes for 391 yards and five TDs. The Cowboys’ Dione Alton also ran for 135 yards, helping the New Mexico team accumulate 533 total net yards. Chadron State had 517 as well as 187 return yards.
The Eagles are now 6-2 with half of their victories coming on fourth-quarter rallies. CSC will visit South Dakota Mines in Rapid City this coming Saturday afternoon.