Saturday, October 25, 2003
St. Mary's, Cal. 33, SE Louisiana 27
MORAGA, Calif. -- Ryan Kirby rushed for 90 yards to lead St.
Mary's to its first victory of the season, a 33-27 win over
Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.
Kirby scored his lone touchdown of the game on a 28-yard run
with 2:45 remaining in the third period, giving the Gaels a 33-14
Southeastern Louisiana (3-6) scored twice in the fourth quarter,
but St. Mary's (1-7) was able to run out the clock after the second
touchdown and withstand the rally.
St. Mary's scored twice on defense, once on a 39-yard
interception return by Weston Borba in the third quarter.
The Gaels' defense also scored on a bizarre play in the first
half, when Borba recovered a fumble and ran 17 yards before
fumbling again near the Southeastern Louisiana goal line. The
Gaels' Ray Mike fell on the ball in the end zone for a St. Mary's
Freshman quarterback Cordell Webb connected on 7 of 13 passes
for 71 yards for St. Mary's, and rushed 12 times for 31 yards. He
scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run with 5:10 remaining in the first
The Gaels' victory was the first for head coach Vincent White,
and ended an 8-game losing streak extending back to the final game
of last season.
Martin Hankins completed 31 of 49 passes for 315 yards and three
touchdowns for Southeastern Louisiana, but also threw three
interceptions. Hankins sparked the Lions' fourth quarter comeback
attempt when he connected on a 20-yard scoring strike to Felton
Huggins with 9:29 remaining.
Ray Perkins later scored on a 2-yard run with 3:01 left.