EL DORADO -- Brockton Brown scored three touchdowns and individually accounted for 50 more rushing yards than the entire Southern Arkansas team on Saturday, as Ouachita Baptist beat SAU 38-21 in the Murphy USA Classic.
The Tigers rolled up a 21-0 lead before the Muleriders got within a touchdown, then added 10 final points late in the Great American Conference game.
Ouachita Baptist improved to 9-0 record in the GAC, while Southern Arkansas dropped to 7-2.
Ouachita Baptist scored on the game’s opening drive, which included three third-down conversions. The big play was a 21-yard gain by Brown to the SAU 5. He scored from 1 yard out two plays later with 9:07 left in the first quarter. Gabe Goodman kicked the PAT.
SAU punted after going four and out but Alfonso Deleon’s 62-yard boot rolled to the OBU 1.
That mattered little on the ensuing OBU drive.
The pivotal play was a 47-yard gain by T.J. Cole to the Southern Arkansas 27. An unsportsmanlike conduct call against Ouachita on the play pushed the Tigers back to the Muleriders 42, but Brock rushed for a touchdown from there with 3:03 left in the first quarter.
SAU punted on its next possession, setting up OBU’s next scoring drive from midfield. Brayden Brazeal, who seemed to have all afternoon to scramble in his backfield on the play, found Allie Freeman on a 35-yard pass for a touchdown. Ouachita led 21-0 with 13:39 left in the half.
Southern Arkansas got on the board with 29 seconds left in the half, capping a rocky 11-play, 80-yard drive.
Hayden Mallory threw a completion to Dennis Daniels, and a flag at the end of the play gave SAU a first down at the OBU 39. Two plays later, the snap flew over Mallory’s head but he caught up with the football for an 18-yard loss.
Mallory then hooked up with O.B. Jones for a 21-yard completion, and then passed an 11-yarder to Jared Lancaster. SirCharles Perkins rushed for three yards.
Mallory made a spin move and found Lancaster wrapped up in Ouachita interference in the left corner of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown. Austin Wilkerson kicked the extra point.
Ouachita’s first-half dominance was obvious. The Tigers had 24 rushes for 192 yards against 39 yards on 13 rushes for the Muleriders.
Southern Arkansas came out of the break looking like a different football team, driving 75 yards in 10 plays for a score.
Hayden Mallory threw completions of 8 and 17 yards to KorDavion Washington and Perkins, and Dennis Daniels converted a third down with a run to the Ouachita 13.
Washington took a handoff around left tackle for a 9-yard touchdown with 10:12 to play in the third quarter.
Ouachita Baptist answered with a seven-play, 76-yard drive. It ended on a 3-yard Brown run with 6:46 left in the third.
Southern Arkansas closed the gap again on an eight-play, 60-yard drive early with the fourth quarter. Washington scored his second touchdown on a 2-yard run with 13:46 to play as Ouachita led 28-21.
Southern Arkansas fans took heart when the Muleriders defense stopped the Tigers at the SAU 22. OBU brought on Gabe Goodman for a 39-yard field goal with 7:37 to play.
However, SAU’s hopes were dashed when Cole Edrington recovered a Muleriders fumble at the SAU 26. Shun’cee Thomas ran for a touchdown on the next play, and Goodman’s PAT closed out the scoring with a 38-21 final.
Southern Arkansas travels to Henderson State (8-1) next Saturday with hopes still alive for a possible NCAA Division II bowl bid. SAU wraps up its regular season in two weeks with a home game against Arkansas-Monticello. Both games are 2 p.m. kickoffs.
First downs 19 25
Rushes, yards, net 49-314 27-102
Passing, yards, net 130 215
Passes, ACI 5-8-0 34-24-0
Total offense, plays, yards 64-444 61-117
Punt returns, yards 1-10 0-0
Kickoff returns, yards 2-38 4-86
Punts, number, avg. 2-43 4-42.8
Fumbles, lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties, yards 8-78 7-74
Possession time 31:36 28:24
Third-down conversions 7-13 3-8
Fourth-down conversions 2-3 0-2
Red zone scores, chances 2-2 3-3
OBU – Brockton Brown, 16-152. T.J. Cole, 10-82. Shun’cee Thomas, 17-82.
SAU – KorDavion Washington, 12-61. SirCharles Perkins, 7-32. Dennis Daniels, 5-22. O.B. Jones, 2-9.
OBU – Brayden Brazeal, 8-15-0 130.
SAU – Hayden Mallory, 24-34-0 215.
OBU -- Allie Freeman, 6-108.
SAU – Jared Lancaster, 5-77. Micah Small, 4-22. O.B. Jones, 3-36. KorDavion Washington, 3-26.
OBU – Jake Ford, 2-86, 43.0 average.
SAU – Alfonson Deleon, 4-171, 42.8 average.
Tackles, unassisted, assisted
OBU – Terrell Gibson, 4-7. Austin Guymon, 4-7. Jonathan Harris, 2-6. Gregory Junior, 5-2.
SAU – Briant Parker, 2-6. Malik Preston, 4-3. Lorenzo Watkins, 3-4. DeMarcus Pegue, 1-6.