Cowboys Fall 27-21 To East Texas Baptist

Cowboys Fall 27-21 To East Texas Baptist
MARSHALL, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' football team fell 27-21 to East Texas Baptist on Saturday in an American Southwest Conference game that was played at a sloppy Ornelas Stadium in Marshall.

ETBU came out and took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of touchdown runs, the first a 1-yard run by Jourdan McNeill and the second an 11 yarder by Kendall Roberson.

HSU came right back and tied the game with a pair of second quarter touchdowns. Jeremy Harris capped a 64-yard drive with a short touchdown run and the PAT run failed. HSU kicker/punter Nico Francino had been injured earlier in the game.

The Cowboys got another quick stop and then Ryan Breton hit Jessie Ramos on a 73-yard touchdown pass and then Breton hit Ramos on a two-point conversion to tie the game with 8:42 to play in the first half.

HSU then got another quick defensive stop and Harris blocked a punt to set the Cowboys up with a short field. Breton scored on a 2-yard run and Alex Bell made his first collegiate PAT attempt and HSU led 21-14 with 5:28 to play in the second quarter.

The Tigers stopped the Cowboys on the first drive of the second half and then went on a 43-yard eight play drive capped by a Roberson 2-yard touchdown run. Roberson then scored a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:47 to play in the third quarter to make it 27-21.

HSU had a couple of chances with the ball in the fourth quarter but one drive ended in a punt and the other a turnover on downs and the Tigers closed out the win with a first down late on the ground.

Roberson, the nation's second-leading rusher, had 193 on 50 carries and three touchdowns.

HSU had 289 yards in the game and Breton was 15-of-23 for 207 yards and a touchdown. ETBU had 209 yards on 64 carries and were 13-of-16 for 74 yards in the air.

The defense was led by James Place, who had 16 tackles, and Spur Hearne had 15 stops.

The Cowboys are now 8-1 on the year and 3-1 in ASC play. HSU will close the regular season with a 1 p.m. game against Louisiana College at home on Saturday.

ETBU is now 7-2 on the year and leads the ASC at 4-0. They close the season at UMHB next weekend. If the Tigers win that game, they will be the outright ASC champs. If UMHB wins that game and HSU beats LC it will be a tri-championship in the ASC.  
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