OREGON — The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team exercised some demons and used a dominating defensive effort to roll past Linfield College 24-3 Saturday afternoon in Oregon. The top-ranked Cru improves to 2-0 overall with its 17th consecutive victory. Linfield drops to 1-1.
Bryce Wilkerson returned the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a Cru touchdown to stretch the lead to 17-3. Wilkerson set a new Cru career record for kickoff returns for touchdowns. The UMHB defense continued to come up with stops and the Cru added some insurance on Josey’s 35-yard touchdown strike to Isaiah Townes in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin.
Josey threw for 130 yards and a TD and ran for 77 yards and a score. Markeith Miller added 96 rushing yards on 18 carries and DeNerian Thomas caught six passes for 50 yards.
North Texas hangs but eventually falls to Iowa, 31-14
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa survived non-conference play — but it hardly went unscathed.
Nate Stanley threw for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Iowa overwhelmed North Texas 31-14 on Saturday.
Freshman Ivory Kelly-Martin added 74 yards rushing and two TDs for the Hawkeyes (3-0), who played most of the second half without running backs Akrum Wadley and James Butler.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Wadley’s undisclosed right leg issue isn’t “anything serious” and that Butler had an “elbow issue” and will be day-to-day.
“There was nothing easy out there,” Ferentz said. “This team has been resilient.”
Iowa pulled ahead 17-14 on a 23-yard TD pass from Stanley to Noah Fant — on fourth down and 5 — late in the third quarter. Kelly-Martin added a 2-yard touchdown, the first of his career, with 8:16 left to cap a drive that covered 87 yards and burned nearly nine minutes.
Kelly-Martin also scored a 6-yard TD run with 1:47 to go.
“He’s just one of those kids,” Ferentz said of Kelly-Martin. “He’s got another gear.”
But the Hawkeyes will be left to hope that Wadley and Butler won’t miss extended time. Wadley and Butler, a Nevada transfer, entered 2017 as the only duo in the country to each rush for over 1,000 yards last season.
Mason Fine threw for 167 yards for North Texas (1-2), which dropped its second straight. Iowa’s defense held the Mean Green to just 93 yards and zero points in the second half.
“It was more an attitude thing,” said Iowa end Parker Hesse about Iowa’s improvement in the second half. “We made the plays when it counted.”
was at times, Iowa, which entered play as a 22-point favorite, reached the North Texas 2 on its final drive. But Ferentz opted to take a knee, ensuring that anyone who bet on the Mean Green would walk away a winner.