In an insane amount of upsets this weekend, the Southland Conference had their own surprises and shockers in this week’s Southland Scoop. The University of Incarnate Word nabbed the only win in the conference over the weekend, and there’s no surprise as to how it happened. It will only be a matter of time before the Cardinals can shake up other FCS opponents. For now, here are some of the biggest stories shaking up the Southland.
UIW squashes Nevada 55-41 in late shootout
The Cardinals did something only three other programs have accomplished this season; grabbing a win over an FBS opponent. UIW did this in all three phases, one of which gave the Cardinals 55 points over Nevada. The Wolf Pack started early with an eight point lead after the first quarter, but quickly switched in Incarnate Word’s favor. UIW quarterback Lindsey Scott recorded four touchdowns on 18 completions and 25 attempts with 406 passing yards and one interception. Wide receiver Darion Chafin finished the night with seven catches for 262 yards.
Chafin claimed the number one spot in the UIW record book for most receiving yards in a game and the second-highest single-game record yard total in Southland Conference history. Defensively, UIW cooked up an outstanding second half stand against Nevada. In the third, linebacker Kelechi Anyalebechi picked up a forced fumble by Chris Whittaker and took it all the way home for his first touchdown of the season. Then, with just under ten minutes to go in the quarter, Scott found Chafin for a 44-yard touchdown, lifting the Cardinals to a 38-17 lead, their largest of the game. UIW came away with the win and potentially takes their spot higher in the FCS Top 10.
Lindenwood stuns HBU 21-20 with late punt block
In a shocking sequence of events, Lindenwood sneaks past Houston Baptist to secure a 21-20 victory in Houston. HBU quarterback Justin Fomby completed 25-of-46 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies. Karl Reynolds made seven catches for 146 yards and Branden Walker had two catches for 29 yards and a touchdown. Running back Ismail Mahdi rushed 21 times for 79 yards and made five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. Safety Isaiah Cash, linebacker Brennan Young and linebacker Rodney Dansby each led HBU with 11 tackles. Junior linebacker Jalyx Hunt made eight stops with 1.5 sacks.
It wasn’t enough however, as Lindenwood’s Jalen Bethany blocked an HBU punt and Andrew Martin recovered it in the endzone for a touchdown with 28 seconds left.
Last-second touchdown pulls Golden Eagles ahead of Lions, 26-25
An eight-yard touchdown with two seconds left completed a 14-point comeback fourth quarter for Tennessee Tech and gave the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team a 26-25 loss on Saturday night at Tucker Stadium. The loss was the first of the season for the Lions, now 1-1 on the season.. The all-time head-to-head between the two teams is also now 1-1, as the Lions won the 1953 Tangerine Bowl by a score of 33-0. The Lion defense forced four turnovers in the first half giving the Lions 13 points off turnovers. While forcing four turnovers, the Lion defense held Tennessee Tech to 44 passing yards and 141 yards of total offense.
Scores from the Southland 9.10.22
UIW 55, Nevada 41
Southeastern 9, Florida Atlantic 42
Texas A&M Commerce 25, Tennessee Tech 26
Lindenwood 21, HBU 20
Lamar 16, SMU 45
Northwestern State 21, Grambling 47
McNeese 10, Rice 52
Nicholls 7, ULM 35
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