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Monsters Topple No. 1 Badgers

This was the kind of signature win Eastern Arizona College needed. In an up-and-down season, the Gila Monsters tallied their biggest win of the year and possibly their history with a 25-20 triumph over the No. 1 team in the nation, the Snow College Badgers.

The Eac ground attack was devastating, and it rolled up 392 rushing yards against the top run defense in the country. The Monsters ran the triple option to perfection, and Glenn Milner totaled 115 rushing yards at the fullback position. Quarterback Jawaun Luckey put EAC on the board late in the first quarter with a 62-yard touchdown run. The Monsters led 6-0 after a missed extra point. Running back Milton Myers scored from 2 yards out in the second quarter, but EAC failed on the two-point conversion and led 12-0. Milner got in the end zone on a 53-yard touchdown run up the middle halfway through the second quarter to put EAC up 19-0.

Snow quarterback Cade Cooper threw a 61-yard touchdown pass with 6:55 remaining in the first half. The Badgers missed the extra point and the halftime score was 19-6.

The Monsters weren't satisfied with the lead, and running back Marquise Enoch scampered 12 yards for a score early in the third quarter. EAC kicker Carlos Encinas missed his second extra point of the night and the Monsters took a 25-6 lead.

The Badgers showed their mettle against the Monsters and let them know that knocking off No. 1 was not going to be easy. Matt Asiata of the Badgers cut the lead to 25-13 with a 5-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. Snow would score again with 8:06 left in the game when Cooper tossed his second touchdown pass of the night to make it a five point game at 25-20. The Badgers had the ball deep in EAC territory when they funbled with three minutes remaining in the game. The Monsters were able to run out the clock and secure an absolutely huge win for the college and the football program.

Story written by Brian Wright, Sports Editor, Eastern Arizona Courier.