UP photo by Matt Beadle

UP photo by Matt Beadle

Lamar University dropped their Homecoming matchup with the No. 4-ranked Central Arkansas Bears, 42-14, Saturday, at Provost Umphrey Stadium.

Central Arkansas started the night off with running back Carlos Blackman taking a 9-yard rush to be the first with points on the board, but LU wasn’t far behind as sophomore Cole Starnes rushed for two yards to tie the score at 7-7.

However, the Bears went on the attack over the next two quarters, running off the next 35 points before the Cardinals tacked on a consolation touchdown in the fourth quarter. Arkansas freshman Kierre Crossley rushed for 40 yards to give the Bears a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. A 22-yard pass by UCA quarterback Brandon Myers to senior Hayden Hildebrand tacked on another seven points for the Bears to end the half at 21-7.

LU’s offense stalled when QB Andrew Allen left with an injury with four minutes to go  in the second quarter.

Central Arkansas kept their lead in the third quarter with Blackman receiving a 5-yard pass for his second touchdown of the night, 28-7. Running back Cedric Battle added a touchdown of his own two minutes later with a 19-yard rush that put the Bears up 35-7. UCA completed their scoring when Battle completed a hat trick of touchdowns before the end of the third quarter.

Lamar attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter when QB McKenzie Blake completed a pass to tight end Case Robinson for a LU touchdown, but progress was halted on both sides of the field as the game ended 42-14.

The Cardinals had a total of 279 yards on offense, 26 rushing and 253 yards passing. McKenzie completed 14-of-23 passes for 165 yards. Allen had 6-of-17 for 88 yards before walking off the field. Defensively, Lamar was led in solo tackles by Rodney Randle Jr. with six followed by Chaston Brooks with four.

“That is a good football team,” head coach Mike Schultz said. “I thought our kids played well. I thought our kids played tough. Our defense fought extremely hard tonight. They fought their tails off and I’m proud of them for that. I’m proud of who we are, because, believe it or not, it’s coming. I see it coming. It may not happen this year, but it’s coming. I think our kids believe that. I know our coaching staff believe that and I know I believe it.”

Lamar will play Houston Baptist in their last away game, Saturday, at 2 p.m. in Houston.

Story by Cassandra Jenkins, UP sports editor

Learn more about Lamar University at lamar.edu

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