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Bulldogs fall to Greyhounds 34-19

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INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis Greyhounds overcame a 10-point deficit and held off the Truman Bulldogs 34-19 on Saturday evening. Jordan Salima turned in his second straight 100-yard rushing game for Truman with 127 yards and a touchdown.

The Bulldogs came out with points on their first two possessions and ventured into UINDY territory on nine of their 13 drives of the night but came up on the short end of the stick.

Danny Spencer booted a 39-yard field goal to open the scoring and after forcing a three-and –out, Salima raced up the middle from 10-yards out and the quick 10-0 Truman advantage.

Momentum turned when the Greyounds downed a punt inside the Bulldog one and got excellent field position following Truman's ensuing punt. Quarterback Jake Purichia tossed the first of his three touchdown passes as Garrett Willis hauled in a 31-yard strike to cut Truman's lead to 10-7.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs faced a third and one at midfield but could not convert and were forced to punt. Daveon Bell broke some early tackles and raced 86-yards for the return touchdown to give the Greyhounds the lead.

Spencer cut into the lead with a 32-yard field goal at the 3:14 mark of the quarter.

Purichia hit Willis for a 32-yard pass on the 'Hounds next possession and two plays later Aaron Matio caught a 17-yard TD pass to send UINDY into the locker room up 21-13.

Bryan Edwards recovered the first of two UINDY fumbles for Truman on the Greyhounds opening drive of the second half but the Bulldogs could not capitalize. The two teams then traded interceptions before Brad Schickel made a 24-yard field goal to expand the lead to 24-13.

UINDY faced a third and 17 late in the third and converted through the air as Purchia hooked up with Willis for a 52-yard first down the on the first play of the fourth quarter, Willis snagged a 16-yard pass from Purchia and a 31-13 lead.

Truman struck back to bring it back to a two-possession game when Jake Ellis kept a drive alive with a 18-yard catch on fourth down then reeled in a 13-yard pass from Jaden Barr for the touchdown.

UINDY then methodically took seven minutes off the fourth quarter clock that resulted with Schickel's 28-yard field goal that proved to be the final score at 34-19.

Salima finished with 127 yards for his third 100-yard game this season and back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. Barr finished 17-of-32 for 192 yards.

Purchia threw for 236 yards with 190 going to Willis on eight catches.

The Bulldogs return home for four of their final six games starting next Saturday against Southwest Baptist University. The kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Stokes Stadium.

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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