Defense carries Bears over Lions 30-23

The UCA Bears football team defeated the Southeastern Louisiana Lions 30-23 on Saturday, Oct. 30 at UCA’s homecoming game.
The game started out with the Lions ahead when freshman kicker Seth Sebastian of the Lions attempted a field goal that was good, when the clock was at 9:03 in the first quarter.
The Bears didn’t let the Lions lead for long. At 1:24 in the first quarter, while the Bears were on defense, Lions senior quarterback Tyler Beatty’s pass was intercepted by Bears redshirt freshman safety Jestin Love. Love returned the ball for 25 yards to the Lions end zone for a touchdown. The extra point was a failed attempt by Bears senior kicker Eddie Carmona. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 6-3 with the Bears leading.
The second quarter was calm until the clock got to 3:29. Beatty’s pass to Lions junior wide receiver Brandon Collins was complete, when he ran for 21 yards to the Bears end zone scoring a touchdown for the Lions. Sebastian’s kick attempt for the extra point was good, giving the Lions the lead 10-6.
Once again, the Bears didn’t let the Lions lead for long. Only 18 seconds remained when the Lions called a timeout. When time resumed, the Bears were at the Lions’ 28-yard line and Bears junior quarterback Nathan Dick’s pass was complete to Bears sophomore wide receiver Dominique Croom. Croom ran for 28 yards, scoring another touchdown for the Bears. Carmona’s kick attempt was good, putting the Bears back in the lead 13-10 going into halftime.
The second half began with Sebastian kicking off 66 yards to the Bears’ four-yard line, it was caught by Bears junior wide receiver Isaiah Jackson returning the kickoff 16 yards to the Bears 20-yard line. In the third quarter, when the clock reached 9:43, Dick’s pass to Bears sophomore running back Terence Bobo was complete for a 12 yard run to the Lions end zone for another touchdown.
The kick attempt by Carmona was good, adding to the Bears’ lead making the score 20-10.
At 4:03, when the Lions were facing a fourth and goal, a field goal was attempted by Sebastian and was good, putting the score at 20-13.
The fourth quarter began with UCA having possession of the ball. The Bears went through four downs and were forced to punt. Lions freshman wide receiver Tony McCrea fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Bears senior safety Daniel Herrington at the Lions’ 20-yard line. After the Bears went through three downs, on the fourth Carmona attempted a field goal from the 23 that was good, making the score 23-13.
At 8:01, Sebastian’s attempt at a field goal from the Bears’ 29-yard line was good. The field goal made the score 23-16.
The clock was at 5:01 when Beatty’s pass was intercepted by Bears freshman defensive back Dominique Brown who ran 33 yards to the Lions end zone for a touchdown. Carmona’s kick for the extra point was good, putting the score at 30-16.
The Lions attempted to catch up in the last three minutes of the game. When the clock was at 02:17, Beatty’s pass to Collins was complete. Collins ran for 54 yards to the Bears end zone, scoring a touchdown for the Lions. The extra point kick was also good.
The final score of the game was 30-23.
Coach Clint Conque said he was very pleased with the Bears’ performance.
“When you can get two defensive touchdowns in a game, I would say that is pretty impressive. Our special teams did really good today, we also kicked off and covered punts well,” Conque said.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Wynrick Smothers said the Bears defense had a great game all day long.
“They came up with a lot of big stops, and they had three big interceptions too,” he said.
Conque said the Bears will be practicing hard this next week for their game against the Texas State Bobcats on Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. in San Marcos, Texas.

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