The MissouriSouthern football team raced out to a 28-6 lead en route to a 45-20 win atSouth Dakota Mines today in non-conference action.
The Lions(5-1) win for the second year in a row over the Hardrockers (4-2). It's thefirst time since 1996 that Southern has been 5-1 since 1996 and it also givesthe Lions an 11-1 record against their last 12 non-conference opponents.
Southernstarted the scoring with a 76-yard touchdown run from MichaelNelson on the Lions' first drive from scrimmage. ChrisBarnwell added a one-yard touchdown with 2:24 left to go in the first quarterto put Southern up 14-0.
Mines added atouchdown pass from Evan Sanders to Derek Graves for 20 yards, but the pointafter was no good, making the score 14-6 early in the second quarter.
JayMcDowell then hooked up with WillCuffee for separate touchdown pass and catches of 59 and 58 yards to go up28-6 with 4:32 left in the half. A Sanders pass to Chriss Sawdey made thehalftime score 28-13.
Barnwellscored four minutes into the third quarter to make the score 35-13 and Sanderskept it on a quarterback keeper in the third to cut the Lions' lead to35-20.
A ten-yardtouchdown run from EjayJohnson with 1:22 left in the third and a 39-yard field goal from SeanSeefeldt with 4:48 left in the fourth made the final score 45-20.
The Lions had430 yards rushing and 125 yards through the air. Southern held the time ofpossession lead with 37 minutes to Mines' 23 and the Lions were 4-9 on thirddown conversions and 1-2 on fourth down tries.
McDowell had14 carries for 95 yards, while completing 3-6 passing for 125 yards and twotouchdowns. Cuffee caught all three passes for 125 yards and two scores. Nelsonhad six carries for 103 yards and a score, while Barnwell had 81 yards and GiresseForchu picked up 45 on the ground.
Defensively GatlinRidgway led the Lions with 12 tackles and 2.5 for a loss of six yards. JohnquaviousMcBride had eight stops and a pass break up, while DalvinTaylor had seven stops. GaigeWashington, Xaiver Graham and BrennenNora had five tackles each.
The Lionswill be back in action next week when Southern plays host to sixth rankedMissouri Western at 6 pm inside Fred G. Hughes Stadium. The game will feature areunion of the 1993 MIAA Championship team.
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