It was a rough Saturday for College football in the Ozarks. Arkansas, Missouri, Missouri State, Evangel and SBU all lost on Saturday.
Louisiana Monroe 34, No. 8 Arkansas 31
Arkansas’ loss was the big shocker as the Razorbacks went down to University of Louisiana Monroe 34-31 in overtime. The Razorbacks were up 28-7 with 9:42 left to go in the third.
Star quarterback Tyler Wilson was out in the second half after taking several big hits in the first half. Freshman back up Brandon Allen filled in, but was just 6-for-20 passing for 85 yards with one touchdown and interception.
Monroe’s Kolton Browning led the way with 412 yards through the air for three touchdowns and one pick. Browning finished off the Razorbacks with a 16-yard touchdown scamper on a 4th-and-1 with his team down by three in overtime.
The Razorbacks will have to regroup quickly as No. 1 Alabama comes to town next Saturday.
No. 7 Georgia 41, Missouri 20
Missouri started off well against No. 7 Georgia in its SEC opener in Columbia, but Georgia’s depth proved too much in the game.
The Tigers were up 20-17 with 2:39 left in the third quarter, but Georgia would grind the Tigers down and score the next 24 points unanswered to dispatch Missouri.
James Franklin threw for 269 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the win, but struggled on the ground with 20 carries for just 25 yards.
Springfield native Dorial Green-Beckham caught just one pass for five yards in the game.
Missouri will step back out of conference and play Arizona State next Saturday.
No. 23 Louisville 35, Missouri State 7
The Bears took one on the chin in Louisville with a second loss in as many weeks to a Top 25 team. Ashton Glaser connected with Caddarius Dotson on a six-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter for Missouri State’s lone score.
Glaser finished with 125 yards to go with one touchdown and one pick. Eight different Bears caught passes in the game.
Missouri State returns home next week to host Murray State.
Lindenwood 35, SBU 14
Southwest Baptist football fell at the hands of Lindenwood on Saturday evening 35-14. The Bearcats forced three turnovers and had one punt returned for a touchdown in the loss.
Lindenwood was quick to jump on the scoreboard, scoring the first touchdown of the game with 9:27 to go in the first quarter. Lindenwood would add two more touchdowns early in the second quarter before SBU began to battle back. With 6:50 left in the first half, Chris Muhammad returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown, putting SBU down 21-7. Right before the end of the first half, Dan Connors then connected with Justin Duhaney on an 11 yard touchdown pass to put the Bearcats down one score going into halftime at 21-14. However Lindenwood would not let the Bearats get any closer, as they would go on to a 35-14 victory.
On the defensive side of the ball the Bearcats were once again led in tackles by Austin Otwell who collected 8 tackles against Lindenwood to go along with one sack. Alain Pierre forced two fumbles and Shaquille Shedd also had a forced fumbles while Stanfred Philpot had the Bearcats lone interception. On the offensive side of the ball, Derwyn Lauderdale had 9 receptions for 103 yards while Dan Connors was 22-38 for 211 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Bearcats will be back in action on Saturday, September 15 when they host defending Division II National Champion Pittsburg State. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. from Plaster Stadium in Bolivar.
No. 18 Baker 48, Evangel 17
18th ranked Baker improved to 3-0 and 2-0 in the Heart of America conference with a win over Evangel 48-17 Saturday in Baldwin City, Kansas.
Baker scored on their first time of the game and built a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter before Evangel got on the board with a 26 yard field goal by Drew O’Cain. Evangel made it a 20-10 game on a 61 yard touchdown pass from Andrew Brimhall to Jesse Vaughn.
Baker responded moments later, though, with a 47 yard TD run by Jermaine Broomfield to give the Wildcats a 27-10 at halftime.
The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away.
Brimhall threw for 306 yards for Evangel going 14 for 36 but with 4 interceptions and 2 touchdowns while Vaughn had 4 catches for 107 yards and a TD.
Evangel takes on Culver-Stockton next week at JFK Stadium for a 6pm kickoff.
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