SAU takes down Missouri Western in Live United Bowl

Win marks first playoff victory since 1990

Texas High graduate and Southern Arkansas University receiver Kendall Reid looks downfield after hauling in a catch against Missouri Western State University during the Farmers Bank & Trust Live United Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Razorback Stadium in Texarkana, Arkansas. (Photo by Kevin Sutton/TXKSports.com)
Texas High graduate and Southern Arkansas University receiver Kendall Reid looks downfield after hauling in a catch against Missouri Western State University during the Farmers Bank & Trust Live United Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Razorback Stadium in Texarkana, Arkansas. (Photo by Kevin Sutton/TXKSports.com)


TEXARKANA, Ark. — Southern Arkansas University set the records straight on Saturday during the Farmers Bank & Trust Live United Bowl at Razorback Stadium.

With their convincing 43-27 victory over Missouri Western State University in a rematch of the 2018 bowl game which they lost, the Muleriders posted their first postseason win since 1990 and their first 10-win season since 1952.

After going back and forth in the first half that saw Southern Arkansas take a slim 15-13 lead going into halftime, both teams continued the trend immediately after intermission — except in a more furious fashion as they immediately traded two touchdowns each

Southern Arkansas (10-2) took the opening kickoff of the third quarter and marched 65 yards downfield on five plays before Kadyn Roach scored on a 3-yard run to give it a 22-13 advantage.

Missouri Western (8-4) quickly answered back with a touchdown of its own on its possession in the same amount of plays. Quarterback Armani Edden found a wide open Jonas Bennett on a 39-yard strike that capped off a five-play, 78-yard drive that took just 2:18 off the clock. 

With their two-point lead, the Muleriders added another touchdown play right after when quarterback OB Jones hooked up with Seth Johnson on a 29-yard score to increase their lead to 29-20. And, again, the drive took just five plays from 75 yards out.

The Griffons capped off the third quarter with their second —  and final — touchdown on a Seth Cromwell 3-yard run.

Southern Arkansas ran away with the game in the fourth quarter with two touchdown plays.  Jones rushed in from 22 yards out and Jariq Scales found paydirt on a 10-yard run to give the Muleriders the victory.

Jones went 16-of-23 passing for the Mulriders, tossing 162 yards and a touchdown. Scales rushed for a game-high 172 yards and a score on 17 attempts while fellow back Kadyn Roach added 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 attempts.

Missouri Western's Jared Scott finished with 94 yards rushing and a touchdown and Edden threw for 194 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss. Jake Berrey hauled in 83 yards and a score on five catches.

The first half started slower than the game ended, with the Muleriders knocking down two field goals before Missouri Western knotted the score at 6-all on a 1-yard run by Cromwell in the second quarter.

Melvin Smith Jr. intercepted a pass and returned it to the house for Southern Arkansas right after and Hayden Nitz nailed his third field goal of the game to go into halftime. Nitz went 3-for-3 on field goals, including makes from 24, 29 and 37 yards out.


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