No. 5 Hardin-Simmons holds off Texas Lutheran upset bid, 33-30
Posted on 10/24/2017 6:02:00 AM.
 
Junior quarterback Kyle Grona has scored seven rushing touchdowns over the course of TLU's last two games, including three against Hardin Simmons last Saturday. Photo by Andie Rangel.  
 
 
TLU defensive lineman Nwankwo Nwankwo pounces on a fumble during the Bulldogs' loss to Hardin Simmons on Saturday. Photo by Andie Rangel. 
 
(Seguin) - Marc Reed's six-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter brought fifth-ranked Hardin-Simmons back from a four-point deficit in a 33-30 road win Saturday against Texas Lutheran.

Reed's score with 8:59 to play capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive that erased TLU's 30-26 lead.

In the game's final nine minutes, TLU twice had promising drives stopped by the Cowboys. The Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs with 4:02 to play after an incomplete pass on fourth down from the HSU 31.

The Bulldogs' final drive ended with an interception at the HSU 41 with 1:27 remaining.

With TLU down to one timeout, HSU took a knee on three snaps and walked out of Bulldog Stadium with the American Southwest Conference victory.

HSU remains alive for an NCAA Division III playoff berth. The Cowboys only have a 17-7 road loss to No. 1-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor on the resume.

The Cowboys improved to 6-1 overall and to 5-1 in the ASC. HSU now leads the series with TLU 18-2.

TLU's three-game conference win streak came to an end. The Bulldogs are now 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the ASC.

TLU took a fourth-quarter lead at the 14:01 mark with a one-yard run from quarterback Kyle Grona. The TD run was his third of the game and his seventh in the last two games.

The one-yard run closed out a three-play, 43-yard drive that followed James Bell's interception of HSU's Landry Turner.

The Bulldogs sandwiched touchdown drives around the Bell interception. At the 2:13 mark of the third quarter, Grona found the endzone on a six-yard run. He also scored on a four-yard rush in the second quarter.

After a scoreless first quarter, TLU and HSU combined for 35 points in the second quarter.

TLU led 13-6 after Christopher Monroe's went to the left, found a gap and sprinted into the endzone from 35 yards out. Monroe carried the ball 19 times for 84 yards.

After Devonte' Walker gave HSU the early 6-0 lead, on a fourth-down reception of 30 yards, the Cowboys picked up second-quarter scores from Xavier Jones (48-yard pass form Turner) and from Jaquan Hemphill (29-yard run).

TLU closed within 19-16 at the half on a Tyler Hopkins 39-yard field goal.

Matt Sandoval put HSU up 26-16 with 8:05 remaining in the third quarter on a 29-yard pass from Turner.

HSU's Turner, the freshman from Graham, completed 28 of 43 passes for 324 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Walker had 11 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown. Hemphill finished with 19 carries for 115 yards and a score.

TLU's Grona was 14-for-23 for 158 yards and an interception. He carried the ball 22 times for 81 yards and had the three touchdowns.

Bell, the Bulldogs' free safety, led TLU with a career-best 14 tackles. He had one tackle for loss and an interception.

Jacob Vasqez, the freshman strong safety, added nine tackles and a fumble recovery.

TLU sacks went to Emory Cuzze, Adairius Norwood, and Manny Longoria. Longoria had four total tackles with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

Freshman cornerback Coulton Hamby made his first career start and had seven tackles and three pass breakups.

TLU ran 73 plays for 374 yards. HSU, entering the game as NCAA Division III's top-ranked total offense, ran 78 plays for 449 yards.

The Bulldogs ran the ball 49 times for 216 yards. HSU had 33 carries for 103.

HSU was 8-for-16 on third down and 1-for-2 on fourth down. TLU was 3-for-14 on third down and 4-of-5 on fourth down.

HSU held the ball for 30:56. TLU had it for 29:04.

The Bulldogs head to Brownwood, Texas this Saturday for a 1 p.m. conference game against Howard Payne University. TLU will have live video and live stats from Gordon Wood Stadium, with pre-game coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. on tlubulldogs.com, seguintoday.com and KWED 1580 AM.




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