Sully Says: Champs again

Most football players won't win a championship on any level of play. {}Clint Conque's UCA Bears have now won two Southland Conference titles in 4 years.

UCA has a roster full of players who were told during their high school days that they weren't big enough or fast enough to play on the FBS level. {}Many arrive with a chip on their shoulder.{}Clint Conque says that can be a good thing. He likes to say that's why many of {}his Bears play" on the edge".{}

If I had to pick a poster boy for UCA's successful run in Division One, it would be Seth Allison.

Seth Allison was a star quarterback/linebacker at Stuttgart high. {}UCA was the only Divison One school to offer Seth. {}It wasn't a scholarship offer. {}UCA offered Allison a chance to earn a scholarship. It's highly unlikely that this three year starter at linebacker will graduate to the NFL, but Seth will leave Conway with two championship rings and a Masters degree.

In my time calling UCA games on the radio ( 5 seasons), three things stick out. {}Great quarterback play, big plays and heart stopping finishes.

Clint Conque can coach quarterbacks. {}Conque will tell you that his offenses go through the quarterback, and that's probably what makes them so much fun to watch. {}I've had the pleasure of watching Nathan Brown , Nathan Dick and Wynrick Smothers lead the Bears. I've never called a game for UCA where I thought the Bears didn't have the edge at the quarterback position.

UCA clinched it's latest conference title the "Clint Conque " way, big plays triggered by it's {}quarterback. {}Wynrick Smothers ran 57 yards for a touchdown, and threw 4 touchdown passes. {}Five big highlights !!!{}

Some would say that UCA should have lost two more conference games. {}Back on September 22, on the stripes, third ranked Sam Houston State had the Bears down 20-10 with under 4 minutes to go. With 3:18 to go, Smothers sliced through the Cowboy defense, a 17 yard touchdown run to make it a 20-17 game. {} UCA got the ball back with just over 2 minutes to go, on it's own 23. {}It took Smothers only five plays to lead the Bears to an unlikley upset win. {}The game winning play was a 26 yard pass from Smothers to his roommate , Dominique Croom.

Where's there's life, there's hope.

October 13 at McNeese St. {} The Cowboys rip off a 26 yard touchdown run with 3:18 to go to build a 9 point lead. {}Wynrick Smothers engineered a 13 play, 72 yard drive to bring the Bears within two with just over a minute to play. {}Clint Conque called on a true freshman from Bryant , Jace Denker, to attempt the onside kick. {}The ball bounced UCA's way, and three plays later, Eddie Camara drilled his longest field goal as a Bear, 47 yards, to give UCA a 27-26 win.

I have a feeling I'll get to witness more big plays and possibly one or two more heart stopping finishes this season. {}The Bears will close the regular season a week from Saturday in Conway agaiinst Eastern Illinois, then it's on to the playoffs. {}UCA is one of only 20 teams that will take part in the FCS playoffs.

It's been a fun season on the stripes.