William Wicks ran for 178 yards and a touchdown and James Story bulled his way into the end zone from a yard out with 56 seconds left to lift Davidson to a 40-35 victory over Valparaiso in the Crusaders’ Pioneer Football League opener on Saturday.
The win snapped the Wildcats’ 17-game conference losing streak.
Wesley Dugger added 91 rushing yards and two touchdowns for Davidson (4-1, 1-1), which had 379 yards rushing.
Wicks ripped off a 36-yard touchdown run, Dugger scored on a 1-yard plunge and Tyler Phelps connected with Hunter Louthan for a 15-yard scoring strike all in the second quarter as the Wildcats pulled away from a 14-all first-quarter tie for a 34-21 halftime lead.
The Crusaders (0-4, 0-1) pulled within 34-28 in the third quarter on Jimmy Seewald’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Jean Rene, who also hauled in a 16-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.
Chris Duncan capped an eight-play, 82-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to give Valpo a 35-34 lead with 3 minutes, 55 seconds remaining.
But Phelps directed a nine-play, 75-yard drive capped by Story’s touchdown to secure the win.