BELTON — The defending NCAA Division III national champion and top-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders notched their first shutout victory of the season, as the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets were blanked for the first time in four years in a 65-0 rout Saturday.
The last shutout for the Yellow Jackets took place on Nov. 2, 2013, also at the hands of UMHB at the same venue — a game in which the Crusaders tallied an 80-0 victory.
In Saturday’s encounter, Howard Payne (1-5, 1-4) was limited to 110 yards of total offense — 89 rushing and 21 passing — with a pair of turnovers. Mary Hardin-Baylor (6-0, 5-0), meanwhile, finished with 421 total yards — 267 through the air and 154 on the ground — and gave the ball away once.
T.J. Hosey caught touchdown passes of 5 and 26 yards and added a 34-yard scoring sprint to highlight the Mary Hardin-Baylor offensive effort. Kyle Jones, Carl Robinson and Tevin Muse each threw a touchdown pass for the Crusaders, while rushing scores were also contributed by Markeith Miller, Marquis Duncan and Byron Proctor — who reached the end zone twice.
UMHB also scored on defense as Eric Wright returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown.
For Howard Payne, Jaxson Durham completed 8 of 16 passes for 21 yards with one interception and he was sacked once. Kaidrion Laston caught three passes for 9 yards, Eric Haverstock grabbed two for 6 yards and Jordan Lewis and Chase Eisenmann each corralled a 4-yard reception.
Hunter Batten again led the HPU ground attack with 46 yards while Brett Martinez added 36 and LeMarcus Harmon chipped in 23.
Defensively for the Yellow Jackets, Tevin Dawson notched a team-best six tackles, Jake Wright finished with four tackles and a sack and Elijah Washington added one tackle and an interception.
Howard Payne will attempt to halt its two-game losing streak at 4 p.m. Saturday when its hosts Sul Ross for homecoming. The Lobos (3-3, 2-3) are coming off a 35-10 loss to Hardin-Simmons.