Sam Houston 20

(1-4, 1-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, October 9, 2003

Bowers Stadium, Huntsville, TX

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TAR 13 13 6 739
SHSU 7 6 7 020

Tarleton State 21, Sam Houston St. 17

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Wilson Pirtle's 3-yard touchdown run with 20 seconds remaining to give East Central a 21-17 come-from-behind victory over Tarleton State on Saturday night.

East Central (4-1, 2-0 Lone Star) trailed 17-14 with 2:52 left after Tarleton's Paul Williams hit a 17-yard field goal.

Then Pirtle led led East Central on the winning drive. He finished 17-of-34 for 183 yards and had 28 yards rushing.

Tarleton (3-3, 0-2) got a touchdown from Derrick Ross, who had 25 carries for 110 yards. David Durell was 17-of-29 for 115 yards but was intercepted twice. He added a score on a 6-yard run in the second quarter.

East Central was scoreless until King Bennett's 1-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. Landon Pratt returned a fumble 39 yards for a TD to tie the score with 11:42 remaining.