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Comeback falls short as Truman falls 35-30

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A valiant second half come back came up short as the Truman Bulldog Football team went toe-to-toe with NAIA #4 Morningside College in a 35-30 loss on the road Saturday.

The Mustangs (3-0) came into the game averaging over 500 yards of total offense but their first and last score of the first half was the difference in the game.

Linebacker Caden McDonald returned Jaden Barr's first pass for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game. Then punt returner Niles Connor raced 80 yards to put the Mustangs up 28-10 with 45 seconds left in the half.

Those 14 points loomed large as the Bulldogs mounted a comeback in the second half. Jordan Jorgenson caught a 13-yard pass from Jaden Barr to open the third quarter scoring. Jorgenson finished with two TDs receiving, catching a previous one from running back Jordan Salima in the second quarter, and set a career high with 12 catches for 199 yards. It was the fifth most receiving yards by a Bulldog and most since Dallas Grier hauled in 178 yards in 2011 against Nebraska-Kearney.

The Mustangs got those points back on their next possession when Ross Addison hauled in his second TD catch with 1:42 left in the third.

The Bulldog defense got to quarterback Trent Solsma on their next drive and pinned the Mustangs deep in their own territory. Truman got great field position and Salima capped off a five-play drive with a six-yard run that trimmed the lead to 12 at 35-23.

Truman got the ball back and wasted little time making it a one-score game. Salima gathered in a screen pass from Barr and scampered 20 yards to the endzone to make it 35-30. Salima recorded a rushing score, passing score and receiving score and finished with 110 yards on the ground and 51 through the air.

Morningside was able to milk the clock and converted on one last third down to preserve their victory.

The Bulldogs outgained the high-octane Morningside offense 442 to 346 with Barr completing 16-of-31 for 239 yards. The Mustangs got 101 yards on the ground from transfer Bubba Jenkins on 23 carries and quarterback Solsma completed 17-of-19 for 204.

Truman will lift the curtain on not only the Great Lakes Valley Conference season but a refurbished Stokes Stadium next Saturday night. The Bulldogs host Missouri S&T for Family Night at 7 p.m. The stadium received a facelift over the summer with new turf, track and press box as part of the project.

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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