TYLER, Texas — Hardin-Simmons’ football team rolled up 573 yards of total offense and beat Texas College 66-34 on Saturday afternoon at Rose Stadium for its first win of the season.
Senior quarterback Josh Christian passed for 285 yards and four touchdowns and Tevin Mitchell ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
Texas College jumped on the board first when Charles Jones intercepted an inside pitch and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown just 3:57 into the game.
HSU responded by scoring the next 38 points to take a 38-7 lead early in the third quarter. Mike Hursh put the Cowboys on the board with 7:37 to play in the first quarter with a 23-yard field goal. It was his first career field goal.
Colton Brewer then scored on a 31-yard pass from Josh Christian with 2:53 to play in the first quarter to give the Cowboys their first lead of the season. It capped a 4-play 42-yard drive after Texas College had a 9-yard punt into the wind.
Christian found Jessie Ramos on the next series on a 15-yard touchdown pass, Christian ran for 6-yard touchdown and then hit Ramos on a 5-yard touchdown pass all in the second quarter.
Tevin Mitchell took over the first drive of the second half and ran six of seven plays on a 92-yard drive. He ran for all but 14 yards on the drive, including a 3-yard touchdown run to cap it.
Vincent McNeil found Aaron Washington on an 18-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Mitchell then scored his second touchdown on a 4-yard run with 7:17 to play in the third quarter and then Christian found Ramos from 40 yards out to make it 52-14 with 3:37 to play in the third quarter.
McNeil scored on a 1-yard run and an 11-yard run to narrow the HSU lead to 52-27 with 10:22 to play. Mitchell then scored his third touchdown with 4:35 to play from four yards out.
TC drove again for a touchdown, Phillip Callier scored on a 17-yard pass from McNeil with 1:31 to play. Ramos then took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for his fourth touchdown of the day and the third kickoff return for a touchdown in his career.
Jonathan Wilder led the HSU defense with 12 tackles and had an interception.
HSU is 1-2 on the year and is off next week. They will play at Mississippi College on Oct. 5. TC fell to 0-3 on the year.