Defense stout, offense in good supply in UMHB 36-0 shutout win
By Tony Adams
In front of a crowd of 5,662, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team dominated defensively and the offense scored four touchdowns, as the Cru knocked off the University of Redlands 36-0 in the 2014 home opener. UMHB, ranked second in the nation by D3football.com and taking on the Bulldogs for the third time in 13 months, is now 2-0 on the season. The Bulldogs drop to 0-1 on the year with the loss.
The game started with an awful injury to UMHB defensive tackle Lamar Seels, as he was rolled up on while he made a tackle. The game was stopped for 15 minutes while they tended to him and he was taken off the field on a gurney. He waved to the fans as he was carted off the field.
“It’s an unfortunate thing, but it’s one of those things that happens in football,” said UMHB head coach Pete Fredenburg. “Guys understand that and it’s really unfortunate.”
The two teams traded punts through most of the first quarter before Baylor Mullins pinned Redlands at its own one-yard line with a kick late in the quarter.
The Bulldogs were called for holding in the end zone on the next play leading to a safety and a 2-0 UMHB lead with 1:45 remaining in the quarter. Following the free kick, the Cru marched the ball 62 yards in 11 plays with Blake Jackson scoring on a three-yard run out of the wildcat formation to make the score 9-0.
UMHB’s defense forced a punt on the next Redlands possession and the offense took the ball 44 yards before Michael Carpenter plowed into the end zone from five yards out to stretch the lead to 16-0 with 9:32 left in the second quarter.
The teams traded possession’s before Baylor Mullins made key interception near the end of the first half to close out the first half, to keep the ballgame at 16-0 going into the halftime break.
The Cru stretched the advantage to 23 points early in the second half. UMHB took the opening possession of the third quarter 51 yards downfield and Jackson fired a 23-yard scoring strike to Kamray Runnels to make it 23-0 in favor of the Cru.
Jackson scrambled around left end and into the end zone from nine yards with 2:11 left in the third quarter to give UMHB a 30-0 lead. Jacob O’Neill hit field goals from 45 and 33 yards in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
The Cru defense slammed the door and gave UMHB and the home fans a 36-point shutout win.
The Cru defense held Redlands to five rushing yards and 155 yards of total offense while recording its
16th all-time shutout. UMHB gained 209 rushing yards and 513 yards of total offense despite turning the ball over three times in the game.
Runnels finished with a career-high 133 yards receiving on nine catches. Zach Anderson was 22-of-37 passing for 259 yards and Carpenter led the Cru ground game with 46 yards on 11 carries. Mullins had a team-high nine tackles and added an interception for UMHB. Oliver Stone recorded a career-high three tackles for loss.
“I thought the defense played well and offense played good, but I was really disappointed in the consistency of the offense,” said Fredenburg.
“I think this spring was good and we got to know each other,” said Mullins. “I think we’re faster and more athletic than last year.”
Kevin Russell was 13-of-25 passing for the Bulldogs for 116 yards and James Ramirez caught six passes for 72 yards. Curran Fudge topped the Bulldog defense with 16 tackles and Mitch Shepherd added 14 tackles.
The Cru stretched its regular season winning streak to 46 consecutive games and UMHB has won 36 straight regular season home games, dating back to a 2006 home loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The Cru takes to the road next week to take on Wisconsin-LaCrosse. The game will be broadcast on KLTD FM 101.7, with kickoff at 6 p.m. Saturday.