Bearcats Fall To Mary Hardin Baylor, 27-15

SALEM — The University of Mary Hardin Baylor scored 21 unanswered points, including a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown, as the nation’s No. 6 ranked team defeated the Willamette University Bearcats 27-15 Saturday afternoon at McCulloch Stadium/Ogdahl Field.

After the Bearcats (1-1) scored on a 21-yard field goal by Fred Perryman midway through the first quarter for a 3-0 Bearcat lead, the Crusaders (1-0) quickly answered with a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cody Fredenburg to Austin Schrader to take a 7-3 lead into the second quarter.

The Crusaders struck again on the opening play of the second quarter when Anthony Johnson picked up a blocked field goal attempt and raced 65 yards for a 14-3 UMHB lead.

UMHB took the opening kickoff of the third quarter and marched 87 yards, pushing their lead to 21-3 on a one-yard touchdown run by Chad Starnes.

The Bearcats finally responded with 1:44 left in the third quarter when Calvin Keyser-Allen scored on a three-yard run. The two-point conversion failed as the Bearcats ended the third quarter down 21-9.

Zack Newcomb converted on a pair of field goal attempts, one from 27 yards and one from 37 yards, as the Crusaders built their lead to 27-9, before Keyser-Allen scored again on a 12-yard run.

For the game, the Bearcats rushed for 237 yards. Keyser-Allen rushed for 116 yards on seven carries. Quentin Brock has 72 yards on six carries and T.K. Mathews carried 19 times for 65 yards.

Fredenburg led the Crusaders in rushing with 113 yards on 20 carries. He also threw for 83 yards, completing seven of 12 passes with one touchdown and one interception. Justin Bryson rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries. P.J. Williams had three catches for 33 yards.

The Bearcats host Eastern Oregon State University next week in their third straight non-conference contest.