Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team overcame an early deficit with 28 straight points and then the Cru held off a late Louisiana College comeback in a 45-34 victory over the Wildcats Saturday afternoon in Belton. UMHB improves to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops Louisiana College to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the ASC on the year.
LC built a 10-0 lead on Adan Olivares' 25-yard field goal and Easton Melancon's 69-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Montague. UMHB would answer with Zach Anderson's 66-yard scoring strike to Marcus Wimby and Anderson's nine-yard TD run to take a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Cody Jones intercepted a pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter and Elijah Hudson added a four-yard scoring run to give the Cru a 28-10 edge. Melancon hit Montague with a 34-yard TD pass with 4:36 left in the half to cut it to 28-17 at the break.
Olivares added a 44-yard field goal early in the third quarter to cut it to 28-20. Hudson would score on a 10-yard run, but Melancon found Kyle Galyon with a 23-yard touchdown toss and Galyon made a spectacular one-handed grab to make it 35-27 UMHB. Drew Owen's 38-yard field goal gave the Cru a 38-27 lead and Anderson hit Eric Nelson with a 37-yard scoring strike to stretch it to 45-27. Melancon closed out the scoring with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jake Dunbar with 6:05 remaining.
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