Truman State football improves to 4-1 with victory

| October 3, 2016
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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Press Release) – The Truman Bulldog held on for a 24-17 victory over the University of Indianapolis in one of the wildest finishes in Stokes Stadium history. The Bulldogs won their fourth straight and remain perfect in the Great Lakes Valley Conference at 3-0.

Truman led 14-0 before the Greyhounds raced down the field using six plays and covering 80 yards in 52 seconds to get on the scoreboard with a touchdown with 10 seconds left in the first half.

To start the third, both teams traded three and outs but on the Greyhounds next possession, Malik Higgins took a screen pass and broke several tackles for an 80-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 apiece.

It would remain like that until the first play of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jaden Barr broke the plane of the endzone and scored to put the Bulldogs ahead 21-14.

On the next UIndy possession, QB Jake Purichia was picked off by D’Anthony Knight and Truman set up shop at the Greyhound 10. Barr tried to score on a draw play on third and goal but came up a yard short to bring on Nick Dolezal for an 18-yard field goal. Truman led 24-14 with 11:42 left.

UIndy, who had won 30 of their previous 32 GLVC games, would not go away. They would get a 37-yard field goal from Brad Schickel with 2:30 left to cut the lead down to seven.

They tried for the onsides kick and appeared to have recovered the ball but they were ruled to have touched the free kick before 10 yards and Truman took over at the Greyhound 38.

On fourth and one at the 29, Jordan Salima came up millimeters short of ending the game. Salima was denied by the Greyhound defense on fourth and one. UIndy took over will two timeouts left and 1:25 on the clock.

Purichia marched the ‘Hounds down the field with both his arm and legs. He found Higgins for 13 yards on fourth and four to move the ball to Truman’s 16. He then found Garrett Willis for 10 yards to the six. On second down, Purichia connected with Andrew Walker out of the back field but he was brought down at the four by Jordan Brown and Arber Emroski forcing the final timeout with 16 seconds left.

On third and goal, Purichia was forced out of the pocket and brought down for a sack of five yards byBrett Judkins. Following the sack, Purichia rushed to the line and spiked the ball only it was fourth down which gave Truman the turnover on downs with two seconds left.

Purichia accounted for nearly 400 yards of total offense for UIndy with 311 yards passing and 79 yards rushing. He completed 23-of-43 with 187 yards going to Higgins on 11 catches. However, he tossed one interception late in the first half to Truman’s Austin Zoda in the endzone and another to Knight that led to the field goal in the fourth quarter.

Barr completed 15-of-26 for 156 yards and threw touchdown passes to Joey Schenck and Jordan Jorgenson. Jordan Salima had 23 rushes for 84 yards and Barr added 19 rushes for 78 yards.

Truman was 8-of-18 on third downs and led in time of possession with 33:20.

It was the Bulldogs first win over the four-time defending conference champions since Truman joined the league in 2013.

Truman and Southwest Baptist will meet next Saturday in Bolivar for the outright conference lead as they are the only two GLVC schools with 3-0 records. The Bearcats dispatched McKendree for their fifth straight overall win 35-7 on Saturday. Kickoff from Bolivar is schedule for 1 p.m.

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