HICKORY Davidson sophomore Justin Williams scored on a 1-yard run on third-and-goal with 18 seconds left as the Wildcats won 20-16 at Lenoir-Rhyne Saturday night.
Ben Behrendt converted the point-after kick and Peter Bakke intercepted a pass at the Davidson 18 on the first play after the kickoff to seal the victory.
Trailing 16-13, Davidson took over on its 20 with 3 minutes, 53 seconds left, and senior quarterback Ryan Alexander engineered a 12-play, 80-yard drive by completing three passes for 54 yards.
Senior Kirk Konert started the drive with an 18-yard reception, and Chad Barnes ran for 15 yards on the next two plays.
Two key plays helped keep the Wildcats alive as they made their way down the field. Alexander hit sophomore Mark Hanabury for a 16-yard pass on fourth-and-6, and the Bears were whistled for pass interference on Andrew Aldrich on third-and-7 from their 9 to set up Williams' game-winning touchdown.
“We were going to throw the ball on third down,” said Davidson coach Tripp Merritt of Williams' run. “But our guys said no way. They said if we run the ball, we'll score and that's what we did.”
Alexander passed for 218 yards, and Konert had six catches for 100 yards.
Kirk Benedict led the rushing attack with six carries for 42 yards and also caught two passes for 22 yards.
Davidson's defense forced five turnovers and allowed 282 yards, including 72 yards of total offense and four first downs in the first half.