LIVINGSTON — No. 8 West Alabama fell to Valdosta State 58-24 Saturday night in the Tigers' Gulf South Conference opener.

After leaving in the first half due to injury, quarterback Harry Satterwhite reemerged for the second half as the Tigers trailed 35-14.

Satterwhite wasted little time leading a 92-yard drive in one minute 31 seconds, completing a 15-yard pass to Qua Boyd to cut into the Blazers lead 35-21. Boyd finished with 8 catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

“We tried to settle everyone down at halftime,” UWA coach Brett Gilliland said. “We just made too many mistakes and against a good team those are hard to come back from.”

The Tigers' comeback bid was cut short late in the third quarter. Valdosta quarterback Rogan Wells completed a 67-yard touchdown pass to Brian Saunds to extend the lead 45-21. Andrew Grey added a 26-yard field goal for the Blazers in the quarter.

Satterwhite threw his third interception of the game in the fourth quarter, returned 21 yards by Alex Brown to put the Blazers up 52-21.

The Blazers added another touchdown and Jordan Bennett hit a 32-yard field goal in the quarter for the final margin.

Satterwhite completed 17 of 38 passes for 217 yards, two touchdowns with three interceptions.

“This is a make-or-break week for us and how we respond,” Gilliland said. “This could rally us, and we can still be that great team and achieve all of our goals.”

Danny Rambo got UWA off to a quick start, recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff to set up the Tiger offense inside the red zone.

Satterwhite hit Boyd on a 13-yard touchdown pass to capitalize on the great field positon, putting UWA up 7-0.

The remaining 14 minutes of the first quarter belonged to Valdosta State. Wells and Lio’undre Gallimore connect on a deep 88-yard touchdown pass to tie the game.

Satterwhite threw two interceptions in the first quarter, one returned 66 yards by Ravarius Rivers. Wells added another touchdown pass, 18 yards to White, to give the Blazers a 21-7 lead going into the second quarter.

Satterwhite was sacked and thrown down late in the first quarter, sending him to the locker room for the remainder of the first half with a shoulder injury.

Backup quarterback Jacob Murphree led the Tigers on his first drive 78 yards in eight plays, capped by an acrobatic, one-handed, 25-yard touchdown pass to Bayley Blanchard. Murphree was 4 of 5 passing on the drive with 54 yards.

Valdosta added two more touchdown passes from Wells in the second quarter, Travis Taylor and Saunds the recipients, giving the Blazers a 35-14 lead at halftime. Wells finished with 341 yards and five touchdowns.

UWA (2-1) travels to Limestone next Saturday with the kickoff scheduled for noon.

Valdosta State (3-0) hosts Shorter next Saturday.