ABILENE, Texas — Third-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor scored three non-offensive touchdowns and limited Hardin-Simmons to 180 yards in a 63-7 win on Saturday in American Southwest Conference action at Shelton Stadium.
HSU took the opening possession and after a drive stalled, UMHB fumbled the punt and HSU recovered at the UMHB 27. The Cowboys moved to the 16 before turning the ball over on downs.
The Cru took the ball 78 yards in six plays (all runs) for a touchdown. Quarterback Zach Anderson did the honors from 42 yards out. The scored stayed 7-0 through the rest of the first quarter. Anderson made the score 14-0 when he scored from nine yards out on the third play of the second quarter.
HSU then punted and Ryne Lewis intercepted an Anderson pass on the next possession for the Cru. HSU then went 44 yards in three plays. Josh Christian hit Bryce Johnson on a 38-yard pass for the touchdown with 10:10 to play in the second quarter.
Late in the second quarter UMHB went 67 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown. Elijah Hudson scored from nine yards out to make it 21-7 at halftime.
The Cowboys forced a punt on the opening drive of the second half. Baylor Mullins then picked off a Christian pass on the next possession and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown. The Cowboys went three and out the next possession and UMHB returned the punt to the HSU eight and scored on a Kamray Runnels 5-yard touchdown reception from Jake Sims.
HSU went three and out on the next possession and the snap on the punt was over Brandon Abbott’s head and the Cru started at the seven yard line. They scored on the next play on a Caleb Moore run and it was 42-7.
HSU had another three-and-out early in the fourth quarter and Chris Wimby retuned the punt 71 yards for a touchdown.
The Cru intercepted Christian on the next possession and punched it in four plays later on a Moore 1-yard run. UMHB scored its final touchdown when Tim Bower blocked a punt and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown.
Christian was 15-of-37 for 147 yards and three interceptions for the Cowboys and HSU was limited to 20 yards on 38 attempts on the ground.
UMHB had 348 yards of total offense in the game, including 294 on the ground. Hudson had 122 yards on the day.
Defensively, Jonathan Wilder had 16 tackles for the Cowboys and defensive tackle Korey Zavala had 15 tackles 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack and also forced a fumble. Mullins led the Cru with nine tackles, an interception and two pass break ups.
HSU is now 3-4 on the year and 2-2 in league play. UMHB is 7-0 on the year and 3-0 in conference action. HSU plays its last road game of the season next weekend in Alpine.