It wasn't the 2013 season the Valdosta State Blazers had hoped for, but a win over a Top 25 win on national TV would certainly build momentum for 2014.
The Blazers gave one heck of an effort, but were unable to upset the 19th ranked North Carolina-Pembroke Braves Thursday night.
The Braves jumped out to a 20-0 lead before Cayden Cochran hit Seantavius Jones for a 69 yard touchdown to cut the lead to 13 at half.
The fireworks really began after intermission.
Trailing 27-16 in the 3rd, the Blazer defense put nine points on the board to slim down the Brave lead to three.
The Blazers earned a safety to make it 27-19, then Dominique Wheeler returned an interception 12 yards for a TD.
UNCP responded how a Top 25 team should.
On the second play after the pick six, Luke Charles connected with Rontonio Stanle from 87 yards out to push the lead back to nine.
Valdosta State would add a late touchdown, but were unable to recover the onside kick.
The loss drops VSU to 5-4 on the season, with the season finale coming next week at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
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