JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Tyrone Goard caught a 37-yard touchdown from T.J. Pryor with 1:24 left and Eastern Kentucky made a goal- line stop as time expired to beat Jacksonville State 52-48 on Saturday.
The Colonels (6-3, 5-1 Ohio Valley Conference), who have won five straight games, overcame a 24-point deficit in the last 7:25 of the fourth quarter after Jacksonville State's Washaun Ealey scored on an 83-yard run.
Less than a minute after Ealey's score, Pryor threw a 60-yard touchdown to Cameron Bailey for Eastern Kentucky.
Anthony Brown returned a fumble 71 yards for a score, Pryor connected with Justin Williams on an 18-yard touchdown and Pryor hooked up with Goard for the go-ahead score.
Jacksonville State (5-4, 4-2) had a chance to win, driving 61 yards on 11 plays to Eastern Kentucky's 1-yard line. But Gamecocks running back Calvin Middleton was stuffed by Eastern Kentucky's defense to preserve the win for the Colonels.
Eastern Kentucky scored with just five seconds remaining in the first half to take a 24-17 lead into the locker room when Pryor connected with Goard on a 42-yard touchdown pass, the second of their three scores together.
But the third quarter and half of the fourth belonged to Jacksonville State, which reeled off 31 unanswered points until Pryor's bomb to Bailey.