The juggernaut that has become the Lindenwood football team continued to roll Saturday at Hunter Stadium in St. Charles, producing the biggest win of coach Jed Stugart’s third-year tenure, a 34-27 victory over No. 8 Indianapolis.
In a battle of teams unbeaten in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference, Lindenwood got 541 yards passing from Cade Brister and built a 28-10 lead before the Greyhounds stormed back in the fourth quarter and had a chance until they failed to convert an onside kick in the final minute. Indianapolis had won 23 consecutive GLVC contests.
Lindenwood (6-3, 5-0) moved into sole possession of first place in its first year as a GLVC member by winning its fifth consecutive game. The Lions have beaten the two teams tied for second place, Indianapolis (7-1, 5-1) and No. 25 Truman State (8-1, 5-1), after starting the season with three losses in their first four games.
The career day from sophomore Brister (Fort Zumwalt North) included three touchdown passes on a 38-for-59 performance. Three Lions had more than 100 yards receiving in Najee Jackson (10 catches, 124 yards), Payton Rose (9-121) and Nash Sutherlin (2-115). Tight end Erik Henneman (8-94) and Glen Gibbons (8-81) also had big days.
Lindenwood won despite three Brister interceptions and a team rushing total of 61 yards on 24 carries. Linebacker Drew Seers (Parkway West) had a team-best 14 tackles after winning consecutive GLVC defensive player of the week honors.
Truman State 45, McKendree 17: Jordan Salima ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns, and the host Bulldogs scored on seven of their first 10 possessions to end McKendree’s three-game win streak.
Salima’s first TD run, 22 yards in the second quarter, broke a 7-7 tie and began a 35-0 run for No. 25 TSU. Once the Bulldogs established control, they kept it behind a defense that limited McKendree (4-5, 2-3 GLVC) to 14 first downs and 21 yards rushing on 21 attempts.
Matt Cole caught six passes for 136 yards and two TDs for the Bearcats. His first score, a 40-yarder from Turner Pullen, made him the school’s career record-holder in single-season touchdown catches, with nine. He tacked on another in the fourth quarter, a 60-yard reception.
Pullen threw for 292 yards on a 22-for-31 day.
SIU Carbondale 23, Indiana State 17: Javon Williams Jr. ran for two touchdowns and Nico Gauldoni kicked three field goals for the visiting Salukis, who stretched their winning streak to three games.
Williams raced 54 yards for a score on the second Salukis series, and his 2-yard run with 3:37 left in the first half put SIUC (5-4, 3-2 Missouri Valley) on top for good. Gauldoni’s kicks were from 24, 36 and 27 yards.
D.J. Davis carried 22 times for 160 yards for SIUC, and Williams finished with 12 runs for 84 yards.
Indiana State (3-6, 1-4) was held to just 292 yards of total offense.
South Dakota State 35, Missouri State 14: Pierre Strong Jr. ran 18 times for 99 yards and a touchdown and completed an 89-yard TD pass to Cade Johnson to help the No. 5 Jackrabbits win in Springfield, Mo.
Strong made a forward flip to Johnson on a fly sweep and Johnson took it to the end zone for the longest pass play in nearly five years for the SDSU (7-2, 4-1 MVFC).
Johnson finished with five catches for 164 yards and a score. Keaton Heide passed for 173 yards.
Jeremiah Wilson ran 12 times for 87 yards and a TD for MSU (1-7, 1-4).
Southeast Missouri 32, Tennessee State 13: Geno Hess ran for 156 yards and two scores and Daniel Santacaterina passed for 271 yards and another touchdown for the Redhawks, who dominated in Nashville to remain in the hunt for the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
SEMO (6-3, 4-1) had lost eight consecutive games when playing at Tennessee State. (2-7, 1-4).
Santacaterina’s touchdown toss was to Kristian Wilkerson, who finished with 111 yards receiving. The catch gave Wilkerson 30 for his career, making him the all-time leader at SEMO, passing Paul McRoberts (Soldan; SEMO 2012-15).
Kendrick Tiller booted three field goals to help the Redhawks to a 15-0 lead at the break.
Hess opened the second half with an 18-yard scoring run and then scampered 73 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth to establish a 32-7 lead.
Washington U. 35, Augustana 14: Will Hurley had two interceptions and returned a punt 28 yards for a touchdown, and the Bears defense forced five turnovers to win a home game that statistically was closer than the score indicates.
Augustana lost despite holding advantages in first downs (23-19) and total offense (341-329), and while shutting down the Washington U. running game to the tune of 58 yards on 33 attempts.
Andrew Whitaker and Carter Rholl also had interceptions for the Bears, who held Augustana (4-4) starting quarterback Zachary Fuller to 177 yards. Andrew Silver recovered his own forced fumble for Washington (6-2, 5-2 CCIW), which won for the fifth time in its last six games.
Johnny Davidson threw for 225 yards and two TDs for WU. Bobby Jarosz ran for 117 yards for Augustana.
St. Francis (Ill.) 49, Missouri Baptist 34: Dwayne Milton ran for 316 yards and four touchdowns, leading the way for the Fighting Saints in Joliet.
Milton did his damage for SFU (3-6) on 34 carries, capping his day with a 65-yard TD in the final minutes.
John Lux threw for 242 yards and two TDs for MBU (2-7), but he was picked off four times. Chris Baldwin ran for 91 yards and two scores, and Darian Pollion (Belleville West) had four catches for 91 yards and a touchdown.