From Sept. 14:
Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 20
The big news of the day, and probably for fans throughout the state, was that Blake Bell performed quite well in his starting debut. Bell threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns in the Sooners’ win. OU also had a pair of receivers with 100+ yards in Sterling Shepard and Jaz Reynolds. Trey Watts had a good day for the Golden Hurricane with 60 yards rushing, 65 yards receiving and a 77-yard punt return. Blake Bell has already been named the starting QB for the Sooners’ next game – a trip to South Bend, Ind., in two weeks to take on Notre Dame.
Oklahoma State 59, Lamar 3
Jeremy Smith had three rushing touchdowns (from 4 yards, 1 yard and 1 yard out) but was the second-leading rusher for the Pokes with 42 yards. J.W. Walsh ran for 45 and passed for 181 yards and a TD. Clint Chelf made the most of limited action late, completing all six of his passes with one touchdown. The Cowboy defense held well and the Cardinals’ only score came via a field goal as time expired after an OSU interception with less than a minute remaining.
Pittsburg State 65, Central 24
Joshua Birmingham tied the school’s scoring record at 300 points, picking up 12 on two rushing touchdowns Saturday. He had 152 yards on the ground. But Pitt State amassed 599 yards and simply had too much offense. The Bronchos’ Marquez Clark continues to make his name known. The receiver grabbed eight receptions for 99 yards and a TD, as well as making waves on special teams with four kickoff returns for 106 yards.
Southern Arkansas 50, East Central 16
Following a big game in Week 1, neither the offense nor the defense had a good performance for the Tigers at Magnolia. Spencer Bond passed for just 35 percent and had three interceptions. LaQuan Harper made a case for the special teams having a decent night as he returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. The special teams put in two more points from a blocked PAT that was returned for the score.
Missouri Southern 17, Northeastern State 14
The RiverHawks’ defense held its own against MSSU and limited to Lions to just 281 yards of total offense and no points in the second half. Unfortunately for NSU, it didn’t score in the second half either and the halftime score of 17-14 stood. In his first start at quarterback, Thor Long was 8-of-17 passing for 111 yards and a touchdown. Joel Rockmore rushed for 145 yards in the loss. Neither team ran 60 plays.
Harding 69, Northwestern 0
Injuries sent the first two quarterbacks on the depth chart to the sidelines, bringing L.T. Pfaff to the field for his first action this season. Pfaff was 6-of 12 passing for 83 yards. NWOSU had only one turnover on the evening and was shutout for only the second time in nine years.
Adams State 26, Panhandle State 10
The Aggies are making strides and had opportunities against the powerhouse Grizzlies. But scored only twice on six trips into the ASU red zone, with only one touchdown. Chris McClendon picked up 106 yards on 16 carries, averaging six yards per carry, while leading the team with seven receptions.
Arkansas-Monticello 42, Southeastern 34
Southeastern had lead after lead, but couldn’t keep it because the Storm gave up the ball and the big play too many times. SOSU ran 100 plays, but had four turnovers and allowed UAM five plays of 50+ yards on the night. Anthony Foster had more than 100 yards receiving, while Anthony Gale, Kaymon Farmer and Xavier Smith each had a receiving TD.
Ouachita Baptist 49, Southern Nazarene 24
The Crimson Storm definitely is facing a schedule that is front-loaded with strong offenses. Chris Hunter had nearly 100 yards rushing and Ryan Mischler grabbed eight receptions and had the lone receiving TD for the Storm. OBU took a 14-0 lead early and never looked back. Michael Hicks had nine tackles and three others logged seven.
Southwestern 28, Arkansas Tech 17
Dustin Stenta had four touchdown passes and each one was to a different receiver. He threw for 271 yards and gave up no picks, leading his team to a 2-0 record for the first time since 2007. The Bulldogs also snapped an eight-game road skid with the victory. With 97 yards rushing, D.C. Walker neared the century mark on the ground for the second consecutive game. Kale Sawatzki and Cliff Nyagesiba each registered double-digits in tackles.
Bacone 32, Southwestern (Texas) 14
David Chapman received touchdown passes from both Bacone QBs and wound up with 138 yards receiving on the day. Karl Birkenfield put up the big numbers this week for the Warriors. He went 19-of-25 passing for 269 yards and two scores. The defense did its part on the day as it gave up only 14 points and did not allow a score in the second half.
Incarnate Word 24, Langston 0
It was all about the Cardinals’ defense in this one as UIW posted a shutout for the second consecutive week. Jac’Quon Miles was just 12-of-27 passing and had an interception. Jamil Hines had the most Lion rushing yards on the day with 10.
Fort Lewis 23, Oklahoma Baptist 14
A lightning delay made this game last a little longer through the day, but in the end, it was the Skyhawks ending an 11-game losing streak on a muddy field in Colorado. The Bison took a 14-9 lead into the fourth quarter, but Fort Lewis scored twice in the final stanza. OBU’s Nick Shegog returned an interception 96 yards, setting up the Bison’s first score. Eric DeLay had 70 yards receiving and TD.