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Salima scores three times in 41-14 victory over Lincoln

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A 21-point first quarter followed by 20 straight points in the second half powered the Truman Football team to a 41-14 victory over the Lincoln Blue Tigers on a steamy Saturday afternoon.

Running back Jordan Salima had the first two Bulldog touchdowns and added another in the third quarter as the sophomore ran for a career high 147 yards on the afternoon. After Dante Ruffin caught the first pass of the game on the first play for 34 yards, Salima ran 38 yards on the next play down to the Lincoln one. Two plays later he punched it in for the early lead.

Turnovers were another key for the Bulldog defense. Truman forced and recovered two Blue Tigers fumbles in the first quarter and turned them into points and later in the third quarter Jordan Siegal ran back a 62-yard interception for another score.

The Bulldogs led 21-7 at half but Lincoln marched down the field to start the third and capped off a six-play, 75-yard drive to cut the lead down to 21-14.

A chop block on the kickoff return on Lincoln gave Truman field position up to the Blue Tigers' 45 and after a one-yard game by Salima, he broke loose on the next play going to his right and staying in bounds before knocking over the pylon for the touchdown.

On the ensuing drive by Lincoln, Siegel had his first career interception and also danced along the sidelines for the 34-14 lead.

The Bulldogs finished with 307 yards of total offense to Lincoln's 293 with 226 yards coming on the ground. Jaden Barr returned to the starting role and was an efficient 8-of-12 for 80 yards with a rushing and passing touchdown to Jake Ellis in the fourth quarter.

Truman will conclude a stretch of four road games in the first five weeks when they head to conference leader Indianapolis for a showdown with the Greyhounds next Saturday. UINDY was ranked 14th in the latest Division II Coaches Poll and were facing Hillsdale (Mich.) in a non-conference game this week.

Courtesy of Truman Athletics

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