When the dust cleared and the final gun sounded, both ninth-ranked Northeastern A&M and No. 16th Cisco (Texas) College left everything they had Saturday night on Robertson Field as the Wranglers pulled off a 47-36 upset.
Combined both teams generated 1,052 total yards in offense during a game that lasted three hours and 18 minutes.
Cisco, featuring the nation's leading rusher in sophomore tailback Jacques Crawford, accumulated 614 yards in total offense.
Crawford (6-0, 230 of Memphis, Tenn.) himself rushed for 271 yards on 34 carries while scoring on runs of 71 and 5 yards as the Wranglers ground game produced 306 yards on 47 carries.
The Wranglers quarterback combination of Andrew Mellencamp and Tate Smith combined to complete 20 of 38 passes for 308 yards. Mellencamp threw touchdown passes of 37, 26 and 29 yards.
Midway through the first quarter, the Golden Norsemen grabbed a brief lead on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kaelin Woods to wide out Kevin Radford.
Jeremy Knott kicked the extra point with 6:52 showing on the clock.
With Mellencamp completing passes of 16, 17 and 7 yards, the Wranglers marched 72 yards in six plays before a 37-yard touchdown pass to Dorian Williams ended the drive.
Matt Davis hit the PAT for a 7-7 tie with 5:02 left in the first quarter.
A 39-yard field goal by Jeremy Knott gave the Golden Norse a 10-7 lead with 1:13 in the first 15 minutes.
After back-to-back runs of 48 and 10 yards by Crawford pushed Cisco deep into NEO territory, Mellencamp found wide out Brandon Girdy open on a 26-yard TD play just 7 seconds into the second quarter.
The extra point by Davis gave Cisco a 14-10 lead.
Davis connected on a 32-yard field goal with 10:57 left until halftime to increase the Wranglers lead to a 17-10 margin.
Another Davis field goal of 27 yards with 3:02 showing on the clock enabled Cisco to carry a 20-10 lead to the locker room at intermission.
Crawford rushed for 144 yards on 16 carries in the first half as the Wranglers amassed 358 total yards.
Taking the second half kickoff, the Golden Norsemen drove 64 yards in five plays before Woods hit Radford in full stride for a 17-yard TD pass.
Knott's PAT cut the deficit to 20-17 with 13:05 left in the third quarter.
Knott nailed a 46-yard field goal at the 6:08 juncture to create a 20-20 tie in the third quarter.
Mellencamp drove Cisco 73 yards in six plays before connecting with wide out Jonathon Craig on a 29-yard touchdown pass.
Davis had his extra point blocked as the Wranglers held a 26-20 lead with 3:46 left in the third period.
Knott kicked a 26-yard field goal with just 4 seconds left in the third quarter as the Golden Norse trailed by a 26-23 score.
Just 15 seconds into the fourth quarter, Crawford broke five tackles en route to a 71-yard TD run.
Davis missed the point-after for a 32-23 Cisco lead with 14:45 left in the game.
Crawford culminated a 72-yard, nine-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.
Dwayne Stewart added the two-point conversion run to increase Cisco's lead to 40-23 with 7:28 remaining on the clock.
Wranglers linebacker Mark Kinney stepped in front of an errant Woods pass and returned the interception 60 yards for a TD less than 30 seconds later.
Davis kicked the extra point for a 47-23 Cisco cushion.
Bo Bowling, slowed by a leg injury, scored on a 10-yard TD run with 2:56 left in the game. Knott missed the PAT for a 47-29 deficit. Bowling finished with 93 yards on 17 carries.
After recovering an on-sides kick, the Woods completed 6 of 8 passes to drive NEO 66 yards in eight plays.
Radford caught a 7-yard TD pass from Woods with 1:34 left in the game.
The extra point by Knott created a 47-36 deficit.
NEO's attempt at another onsides kick failed and the Wranglers ran out the clock.