Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team opened its
new on-campus Crusader Stadium in grand style, scoring on the opening
and rolling to a 35-7 victory over 5th-ranked Wesley College Saturday.
UMHB, ranked fourth in the country by D3football.com, improves to 3-0
on the season with the victory. The loss drops the Wolverines to 2-1 on
Cru took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in four plays before
Zach Anderson raced 40 yards on a quarterback keeper to score the first
in stadium history and give UMHB a 7-0 lead just 1:17 into the game.
Anderson added a 20-yard scoring run to cap an 80-yard drive with 4:23
left in the first quarter to push the lead to 14-0 and he hit Elijah
Hudson with a 50-yard touchdown pass on the first
play of the second quarter to give the Cru a 21-0 edge. It would stay
21-0 into the half after two UMHB turnovers. The Cru defense forced a
three-and-out on the opening possession of the second half and drove 48
yards before Hudson scored on a six-yard scamper.
A turnover on downs set up a short field for UMHB and Hudson cashed it
in for a one-yard scoring run to give the Cru a 35-0 lead with 9:54 left
to play in the third. Wesley's only scored came on Curtis Maxwell's
three-yard run with 5:26 remaining in the game
to cut it to 35-7 but that's as close as it would get as the Cru
UMHB defense held the Wolverines to -31 rushing yards and 105 yards of
total offense in the game. The Wolverines were just 1-14 on third down
The Cru rolled up 461 yards of total offense to help offset three
turnovers in posting its third straight win over Wesley. UMHB now leads
the all-time series between the two teams 5-4.
was 16-24 passing for 238 yards and a touchdown and he added 61 rushing
yards and two scores. Hudson ran for 61 yards and two TD's and had
receptions for 82 yards and another score. Marcus Wimby caught five
passes for 78 yards and the Cru used 11 different rushers, ten different
receivers and two quarterbacks. Eric Allen led the UMHB defense with
eight tackles and Teidrick Smith had 1.5 sacks
and 2.0 tackles for loss for a defense that recorded four sacks.
Callahan was just 9-28 passing for 136 yards for Wesley. Steve
Koudossou caught four passes for 32 yards but was limited by injury for
much of the game.
No player ran for more than 17 yards for the Wolverines. Jared Morris
led the Wesley defense with 11 tackles and Sosthene Kapepula had 10
tackles and two interceptions.
game was played in front of 9,384 fans, the largest crowd to ever see a
UMHB football game. The Cru will return to action with the American
Conference opener next weekend. UMHB will host Sul Ross State (0-3) in a
6:00 PM kickoff to open league play for both teams.