University of Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley will have to wait at least one more week for his NAIA record-setting win.
St. Ambrose gambled and won – converting a two-point conversion with 1:45 left – to take a 15-14 win over the sixth-ranked Saint Francis Cougars on Saturday at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium. The loss left Donley tied for the all-time NAIA record with 256 coaching wins.
But the coach was more concerned about his team rebounding from the tough loss than any individual achievements.
“We're a good team, we've got good players and we've got to go back to work to get better,” Donley said, according to the school's website. “We've got a lot of football to play yet, so we'll study the video, make adjustments and learn from this.”
St. Ambrose cut the Cougars' lead to 14-13 on a 15-yard scoring pass from Eric Williamson to Zach Grant. Williamson then hit Mike Overstreet on the two-point conversion pass play to take the lead.
“Going for two on the road, they made it,” Donley said. “You've got to give them credit.”
Wesley Hunsucker had connected with Austin Coleman on a 70-yard scoring play to build Saint Francis' lead before St. Ambrose's late-game heroics. Saint Francis running back Antoin Campbell rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown.
The loss ended a streak of seven straight Saint Francis wins over St. Ambrose.
St. Ambrose improved to 2-0 while Saint Francis dropped to 2-1.