The UCA football team (1-1) bested rainy conditions and defeated the Murray State University Racers (0-2) 26-13 at home for its first win of the season Sept. 8.
The Racers put points on the scoreboard first with a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter from junior kicker Gabriel Vicente.
The Bears answered quickly with a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Breylin Smith, putting UCA up 7-3.
In the second quarter Vicente kicked a 24-yard field goal, bringing Murray State within 1 point at 7-6.
UCA junior running back Carlos Blackman got his first rushing touchdown of the season in the second quarter, with a 1-yard rush on a 72-yard drive that lasted 11 plays.
Smith got his first passing touchdown of the night in the second quarter with a 25-yard pass to senior receiver Lester Wells, giving the Bears a 20-6 lead.
Murray State ended the first half with a 31-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Drew Anderson to junior wide receiver James Sappington. The Racers made the extra point, making the score 20-13 in UCA’s favor going into the halftime break.
Early in the third quarter, UCA junior defensive back Juan Jackson forced a fumble and UCA junior defensive back Trai Mosley recovered the ball.
The Racers got the ball back with 5:42 left on the clock after Smith threw an interception.
Neither team put points on the scoreboard in the third quarter, but the Bears opened the fourth quarter with a
six-play, 54-yard drive that lasted 2:31 on the clock and ended with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Blackman.
The Bears held the Racers scoreless for the remaining 12:29 of the game and won the game 26-13.
Both teams fought through heavy rain in the game.
“Adjusting to the weather was nothing for me. We’ve been taught from a younger age to play in all types of weather conditions, so to get to play in the rain was actually fun,” sophomore defensive back Jackie Harvell said.
Harvell said that despite this, it could get a little tricky to adjust to the ball being wet.
Blackman said that winning this first home game was everything to him and his team.
“Winning this first game meant the world. It was a hard-fought and rainy battle, but it feels good to come out on top with the win,” Blackman said.
The next UCA game will be its first conference game at Southeastern Louisiana University Sept. 5 in Hammond, Louisiana.