Truman State remains undefeated in conference with victory

| October 10, 2016
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Jaden Barr

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BOLIVAR, Mo. (Press Release)– Sole possession of first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference belongs to the Truman Bulldogs after a 26-16 victory over #20 and previously unbeaten Southwest Baptist University on the road Saturday.

The Bulldogs snapped SBU’s seven-game winning streak and also halted running back Bubba Jenkins’ personal eight game streak of 100 or more yards rushing. Truman held Jenkins to a season-low 69 yards on 23 carries as the GLVC leading rusher came in averaging over 139 yards per game.

The tone was set early. SBU won the toss and elected to take the football which pitted the top scoring offensive team in the GLVC against the top scoring defensive team in the league. It was the defense that won out. The Bearcats went three and out in their first possession and Jordan Jorgenson returned the ensuing punt 36 yards to the SBU 31.

Methodically, the Bulldog offense picked up a couple of first downs before Jaden Barr hit Joey Schenckfor a three-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring.

SBU turned the ball over on downs at Truman’s 32 and the Bulldogs wasted little time getting back in the endzone. Barr found Drew Slager for a 41-yard reception and on the next play called his own number for a 17-yard quarterback draw for a 14-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Jake Hays got through on a punt and blocked the SBU attempt. The ball ended up hitting the pylon which gave Truman a two-point safety.

Just before half, Scheck capped off an 8-play 59-yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass. The big play in the possession was a 17-yard reception by Kyle Spratt as Truman faced a third and eight.

The Bulldogs took the shutout into the locker room as the Bearcats failed to connect on a 43-yard field goal as time expired.
Nick Dolezal extended the Truman lead to 26-0 with a 33-yard field goal with 3:33 left in the third quarter.
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The prolific Bearcat offense found their stride on their next possession. Kendrick Payne caught a 37-yard pass then on third and goal Scottie Wilson caught a six-yard TD pass from TJ Edwards with a successful two-point play to cut the lead to 26-8.

The biggest drive of the game started the fourth quarter. SBU was able to march down the field starting at their own 21 and Cassian Forman caught a 14-yard pass down to the Bulldog two. Truman stuffed Jenkins on first and second down, then facing a third and goal, Jenkins in the wildcat formation fumbled the snap. Jon Scheeler secured the fumble for Truman to end the scoring threat.

The Bulldogs were not able to get any points off the turnover but did chew up nearly five minutes off the four quarter clock before Dolezal’s 40-yard attempt was wide right.

SBU capitalized on the miss with Edwards finding Wilson for a 21-yard touchdown reception with 4:44 left on the clock. The two-point attempt was good and Truman led by 10 points.

Truman recovered the onsides kick and then burned another two-plus minutes off the clock before punting. A final turnover, forced by Isiah Hinton and recovered by Justin Mikeworth sealed the victory.

Schenk caught nine passes for 101 yards and Slager caught three for 90. Barr was 18-of-25 for 245 yards and Jordan Salima rushed 22 times for 87 yards. The Bulldogs led in time of possession with 35 minutes and were 7-of-16 on third downs.

Edwards was 32-of-49 for SBU with 325 yards passing with Payne catching 12 passes for 149 yards. Jenkins, who started his eight-game 100-plus yard rushing streak last year in Kirksville, was limited to 69 yards on 23 carries.

The Bulldogs will play outside of the conference next week but will face their biggest test of the season. Truman will travel to #2 Grand Valley (Mich.) for a battle with the Lakers in Allendale next Saturday at 4 p.m. (EDT).

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