SBU football falls in NCAA-II playoff debut

The historic season of the Southwest Baptist University football team came to end on Saturday when the Bearcats fell to Colorado School of Mines 63-35.


Mines came out strong to open up the game, scoring a pair of touchdown in the first quarter as SBU went into the second quarter trailing 14-0. The Orediggers added a third touchdown, taking a 21-0 lead, with 11:58 left in the first half before the Bearcats responded. Southwest Baptist used only 37 seconds to put their first points on the scoreboard. After a TJ Edwards rush of 5 yards, Bubba Jenkins broke through with an 86 yard touchdown run as SBU trailed 21-7. However, Mines answered back quickly, scoring a touchdown only 30 seconds later as SBU trailed 28-7 with 10:45 to go in the half.

However, SBU’s quick strike offense struck again 46 seconds later. After the Mines kickoff sailed out of bounds, the Bearcats went to work from their own 35 yardline. After a short rush from Jenkins, Edwards hit Kendrick Payne with a 15-yard reception, followed by a 48-yard touchdown rush by Jenkins to cut the deficit to 28-14. Once again Mines answered back with a touchdown, extending their lead to 35-14, and added another touchdown with under a minute left in the half as SBU went into the break trailing 42-14.

In the second half Colorado School of Mines used their opening drive to take a 49-14 lead. Cassian Foreman took the following kickoff 78-yards to the Mines 21 yardline where SBU added their third touchdown of the day. After a short rush from Jenkins, Edwards once again found Payne with a 19-yard reception to put the ball of the Mines 1 yardline. After a false start, Jenkins ran it in from 6 yards out as SBU trailed 49-21 with 7:42 left in the quarter. Mines again answered, extending their lead to 56-21, but the Bearcats responded with 87-yard drive. SBU used a balance attack to march the ball down the field where Jenkins eventually added his fourth touchdown of the day as the Bearcats trailed 56-28 heading into the fourth quarter.

Mines struck again with 6:38 remaining in the game, as SBU trailed 63-28. The Bearcats put another score on the board behind Edwards’ arm, as he hit Foreman for 19 yards and Scottie Wilson for 35 yards before finding Wilson for a 4-yard touchdown to cut the Mines lead to 63-35. However, the Bearcats were unable to put any more points on the board as SBU would eventually fall 63-35.

The Bearcats were led on the day by Bubba Jenkins who rushed for 179 yards and 4 touchdowns, while TJ Edwards was 19-31 for 230 yards and 1 score and Scottie Wilson hauled in 6 receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown. Defensively Brycen Gagnon recorded the third most tackles in a single game in program history with 20, while D’Angelo Tucker added 11 and Mason Yelton had 10 tackles in the loss.

SBU finishes their most successful season in program history with a 10-2 record, breaking numerous SBU and GLVC records along the way.