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Football Gets First Road Win in Conference-Play Opener

The UCA football team (2-1) defeated the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions (0-3) 33-25 for its first conference and road win.

SELU scored first with a 2-yard rushing touchdown from senior running back Darren Johnson, giving the Lions a 7-0 lead after the extra-point conversion.

The Lions held the Bears scoreless in the first quarter of play.

UCA scored in the second quarter with a 43-yard passing touchdown from sophomore quarterback Breylin Smith to sophomore wide receiver Brandon Myers. The scoring drive took only three plays and went 63 yards, taking only one minute and two seconds from the clock.

UCA soon scored again with a 40-yard passing touchdown from Smith to senior running back Cedric Battle on a five-play drive that went 86 yards.

This would give Smith his second passing touchdown of the night.

The Lions ended the first half with a 41-yard field goal from senior kicker Jonathan Tatum. This cut UCA’s lead to 13-10 going into the halftime break.

The Bears came out strong in the second half with a 6-yard rushing touchdown from junior running back Carlos Blackman that gave UCA a 20-10 lead.

Junior defensive end Chris Terrell recovered a fumble quickly after they scored. This set the Bears up for a 15-yard passing touchdown from Smith to senior receiver Jakari Dillard, giving UCA a 27-10 lead.

SELU ended the third quarter with a 2-yard rushing touchdown from sophomore running back Marcus Cooper. The drive went for 52 yards in nine plays and lasted 3:34 on the clock. UCA headed into the fourth quarter leading 27-17.

In the opening of the fourth quarter, Smith connected with Myers for a 61-yard passing touchdown, giving UCA a 33-17 lead and giving Smith his fourth touchdown pass of the game.

UCA quickly got the ball back with an interception from junior defensive back Trai Mosley.

UCA held out the Lions and took a 33-25 victory.

Sophomore defensive back Robert Rochell said that this was a must-win game.

“It felt great to be back home in Louisiana again,” Rochell said whose hometown is Shreveport. “It meant a lot to me to secure our first conference win here, but we still have small things to work on.”

Battle said the team can learn a lot from this game.

“Getting our first conference win on the road definitely gets the ball moving in the right direction for us,” Battle said.

UCA’s next game will be at Sam Houston State University Sept. 29 in Huntsville, Texas. SHSU is ranked 11th in the FCS.

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