Ex-LSU quarterback Rohan Davey made a successful return to the scene of a high point of his career Saturday-leading the San Antonio Talons to a 53-48 victory against the VooDoo in their Arena League game in the Mercedes Benz-Superdome.
Davey, the MVP of LSU’s 44-37 victory against Illinois in the 2002 Sugar Bowl, threw for three touchdowns and got another on a quarterback sneak in the fourth quarter.
That fourth period saw San Antonio (7-6) outscore the VooDoo (3-10) 28-19 after entering the quarter trailing 34-28.
Chad Cook’s 15-yard TD run with 2:25 left was the game winner for San Antonio.
The VooDoo, with Chris Dixon coming off the bench for Kurt Rocco, reached the San Antonio 12 in the final seconds but Jamar Ransom tripped Dixon as he was throwing as time expired and there was no chance for a completion.
The final period included back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns by Quory Payne of the VooDoo and Brent Holmes of San Antonio that gave the Talons a 41-40 lead.
Dixon countered that two plays later with a 10-yard TD pass to Courtney Smith, but San Antonio retook the lead when Davey sneaked in from inside the one that capped a seven play drive and put the visitors ahead 48-47.
The deficit didn’t last long.
Dixon connected with Donovan Morgan for 45-yard score on the VooDoo’s first play from scrimmage.
But after a missed two-point conversion try left the VooDoo up by five, 53-48, the team could not execute an onsides kick, giving San Antonio the ball at the VooDoo 15.
Chad Cooks ran for a TD on the next play, and a two-point conversion pass from Davey to Dallas Baker gave San Antonio its final three-point margin of victory.
The VooDoo rallied from a 28-13 halftime deficit to do all of the scoring in the third period, taking its first lead on Dixon’s 19-yard pass to Donovan Morgan 4:26 left in the quarter.
Davey and the Talons retaliated with a Davey-Jomo Wilson TD pass on the second play of the fourth quarter. But Stefan Demos missed the extra point, leaving the score tied at 41 and setting the stage for the fireworks that marked the rest of the game.