Bulletin Staff Report
The Howard Payne Yellow Jackets were unable to duplicate last week’s American Southwest Conference upset as the No. 7 Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders rolled to a 45-7 victory Saturday at Gordon Wood Stadium.
Mary Hardin-Baylor (8-1, 6-1) remained tied atop the ASC standings with Mississippi College (7-2, 6-1), which fell at home to the Yellow Jackets 38-24 last week, while Howard Payne dipped to 4-5 overall and 2-5 in ASC action.
HPU quarterback Zach Hubbard, who received the ASC offensive player of the week the last two weeks, was limited to just 211 yards passing and no touchdowns by the UMHB defense. The Yellow Jackets generated just 206 yards of total offense as HPU lost 5 yards on its 17 rushing attempts.
Corbin Young caught a team-high six passes for 50 yards for the Yellow Jackets, while Edward Cody grabbed five receptions for 35 yards and Trevor Kleine had four catches for 70 yards. Tre Mason finished with two receptions for 16 yards.
The Crusaders, meanwhile, racked up 388 total yards and jumped out to a 35-0 halftime advantage. Bryson Tucker sparked UMHB’s offensive attack with 117 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while Quincy Daniels chipped in 77 yards and a score.
Crusader quarterbacks LiDarral Bailey and Kyle Noack each threw a touchdown pass as the duo combined to complete 5-of-9 pass attempts for 67 yards.
Howard Payne, which led the ASC in both turnovers forced (26) and turnover margin (+14), did not create a turnover Saturday, and lost the ball three times.
UMHB needed just 68 seconds to light up the scoreboard as Tucker scored on a 67-yard carry to cap a three-play, 80-yard opening march for the Crusaders.
The Crusaders stretched their advantage to 14-0 at the 8:29 mark of the first period as Tucker again scored from 7 yards out to put the finishing touches on a six-play, 64-yard drive.
Mary Hardin-Baylor ended the first quarter with a 21-0 lead as Pi’Dadro Davis hauled in a 32-yard scoring reception from Noack at the 2:09 juncture to complete a 64-yard, eight-play march.
The Cru tacked on two more touchdowns in the second period as Tucker caught a 5-yard scoring toss from Bailey, while Daniels found the end zone on a 4-yard run at the 11:30 mark.
UMHB’s lead peaked at 42 points on a 2-yard run by Tucker at the 12:40 mark of the third period, then the Yellow Jackets finally answered with a 5-yard touchdown run by Hubbard with 9:58 left in the period.
Alan Munoz drilled a 33-yard field goal with 6:07 left in the third period to complete the scoring.
Howard Payne will wrap up its season next week when it heads to East Texas Baptist (2-7, 2-5), which was idle Saturday.