Behind aschool record 658 yards of offense, the Missouri Southern Lions would score ontheir first six drives of the game while rushing for a record 607 yards on theground cruising to a 59-10 win over Lincoln University.
The Lions(3-0, 3-0) would be led on the ground by ChrisBarnwell who finished with a team-high 161 yards on 11 carries while JJJones had 109 yards on six carries. In total, nine Lions would carry theball on the afternoon as 55 of Southern's 60 plays would stay on the ground.
Lincoln (1-2,0-2) had 364 yards of offense on the day gaining 232 yards through the air and132 on the ground. Quarterback Jacob Morris went 26-of-40 for 232 yards with aninterception while Morris Henderson would lead the Blue Tigers on the groundwith 68 yards and a touchdown. Khirey Draine would be Morris' top target of theafternoon making six catches for 128 yards.
The Lionswould get off to a fast start receiving the opening kickoff, and on the secondplay from scrimmage, running back MichaelNelson would scamper 65 yards down the field to set up a seven-yardtouchdown run by GiresseForchu.
Southernforced the Blue Tigers to punt on their first possession, and the Lions wouldkeep things on the ground the next trip down, churning out a seven-play, 98yard drive that would see four runs by four different Lions of over 18 yardscapped by EjayJohnson's 28-yard dash into the endzone.
After Lincolnpicked up a 23-yard field goal from Andrew Fishel to close the Lions lead to14-3, Southern answered right back with a quick two-play drive capped by TerranceAllen as he sprint 54-yards into the endzone to give the Lions a 21-3cushion at the end of the first quarter.
The Lionswould extend their lead to 28-3 on the first play of the second quarter asJones would take a 21-yard run left and hurry right into the endzone. Afterforcing a Blue Tiger punt, the Lions got the ball back and on their first playfrom scrimmage, Barnwell would sprint 75 yards down the field for the Lionslongest play from scrimmage of the year. The Lions extended their lead to 42-3on a two-yard run from Forchu that would cap an eight-play, 83-yard drive.
Lincolnresponded with its lone touchdown of the day as Morris drove Lincoln down thefield finding Draine for a 25-yard pickup to the Lions 10-yard line. Hendersonpunched it in with a 10-yard run into the endzone and the Lions went into thelocker room up 42-10 at the break.
After SeanSeefeldt nailed a 37-yard field goal on the Lions' first drive on thesecond half, cornerback JasonBrown would extend Southern's lead to 52-10, recovering a fumble byHenderson and take it 56 yards to the endzone. Jones would add a 28-yard run inthe fourth quarter to cap the scoring day for the Lions.
The Lions had607 yards on the ground today, breaking a 43-year old single-game rushingrecord at Southern. The previous record was 503 set in 1970 against EmporiaState. The 658 yards of total offense (607-rushing, 51-passing) also breaks aSouthern single-game record, surpassing the previous mark of 646 set againstWashburn in 2002. The 607 rushing yards were just 20 shy of tying the MIAArecord for rushing yards in a game.
Defensively,Gatlin Ridgeway had 14 tackles with a one and half sacks and a forced fumble,while GaigeWashington, PacoVarol and DemonHaire each finished with seven stops.
The Lionswill be action next Saturday when they travel to Southwest Baptist to battlethe Bearcats at 6 p.m. at Plaster Stadium.
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