The Wonder Boys were handed their second loss of the season on Saturday, as East Central edged out a 20-19 victory over Arkansas Tech.
Senior quarterback Arsenio Favor had one of his strongest outings of the season, compiling 260 yards on 22 completions and adding on one rushing touchdown.
However, Favor was unable to complete a comeback victory after his team took over with 2:56 left in the fourth quarter.
After an 84-yard drive that saw three fourth down conversions and a 45-yard completion to junior wide receiver Henry Wesley, the Wonder Boys seemed to be rolling.
Then Favor’s pass was picked off on the ECU 5-yard-line, and ECU was able to run out the clock.
The Wonder Boys were held to only six total points in the second half, all of which came from sophomore kicker Eric Perez on 29-yard and 45- yard field goals.
Unfortunately for Tech, Perez’s only miss of the day was one that proved to be costly.
After freshman running back Kristian Thompson scored on a 44- yard rush with 8:33 left in the first quarter, Perez missed the extra point attempt.
The Wonder Boys defense was not its usual self, managing to hold the ECU ground game to 49 yards but getting blasted through the air for 370 yards.
The 370 yards allowed by Tech is the most this season by a wide margin, the next closest being the Sept. 19 game against Arkansas Monticello, when they allowed 255 yards.
The Wonder Boys will look to reset and remain undefeated at Thone Stadium, this Saturday as they take on Southeastern Oklahoma at 2 p.m.