A nightmarish second quarter proved the difference maker Saturday, as the University of Saint Mary blasted Bethany College 45-15.
While the stat lines were fairly equal, all things considered, the Swede defense allowed 35-unanswered points in the second quarter that made the difference, as the Spires held a 35-3 lead at halftime after the crushing second period of play.
Bethany led early in the game off a Cory Lyter 24-yard field goal, but the Spires offense took advantage of good field positioning in the second quarter. They added 10 more points in the third quarter.
The Swedes were finally able to get something going offensively in the third and fourth quarters, as freshman quarterback Bo Savage made his first appearance on the field since fumbling twice against Avila University on Sept. 14. Savage was able to complete 3-of-6 passes. allowing Tevis Linnebur to find the endzone from 5 and 11 yards out, respectively.
Bethany (1-3, 0-2 KCAC) actually held the yardage advantage over Saint Mary (2-2, 1-1), as they picked up 380 total yards offense to the Spires’ 335. The Swedes had an astounding 93 total plays on offense, 79 of which were rushing attempts.
Jafar Thomas led the way with 107 yards rushing on 20 attempts, one of three runners with more than 20 carries. Jarrot Bell had 23 carries for 88 yards, while Linnebur had 82 yards and the two touchdowns on 20 tries.
Linnebur also had a 21-yard reception , while Rodney Mollette had another grab for 20 yards.
Lance Felder and Daniel Bly both had five tackles to lead the Bethany defense.
Sterling comes to Lindsborg Saturday in the Svensk Hyllingsfest Homecoming game, with the Warriors (2-2, 1-1) coming off a 46-45 overtime stunner over Tabor Saturday. Kickoff at Anderson Field is at 1:30 p.m.