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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 lead.

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 touchdown.

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 half.

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.