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Truman takes round two 28-12 over Southwest Baptist

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Quarterback Jaden Barr ran for 105 yards and toss for 179 with two touchdowns to lead the Truman Bulldogs to a 28-12 victory over Southwest Baptist University in a non-conference rematch at Stokes Stadium on Saturday.

The Bearcats (4-5; 3-3 GLVC) took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards with T.J. Edwards scoring on a two-yard run to give SBU the lead. The extra point was blocked by Isaiah Hinton.

Truman (4-6; 3-3 GLVC) answered the score on their first possession. Andy Satulla caught a 21-yard pass from Barr and two plays later the sophomore QB called his own number for another 21 yards. On fourth and goal at the one, a play fake then a pass to freshman Jake Ellis gave Truman the lead 7-6.

On the first play of the second quarter, Barr hit Jordan Salima for 24 yards down to the Bearcat 10. A few plays later it was freshman Jacob Morris breaking the plane for a one-yard TD run. The drive was kept alive earlier on a fake punt that saw Jake Floyd run for five yards and a first down as he was lined up in punt protection.

The Bulldogs left some points on the field in the quarter that would have extended their lead. Danny Spencer missed a 38-yard field goal with 5:39 left in the half and Truman missed out on another golden chance late. Truman sacked Edwards on third down and the Bearcats committed one of their six unsportsmanlike conduct fouls of the game that moved the ball back to the 12.

Truman brought the house on the punt with Jordan Brown blocking the attempt. The ball squibbed toward the sideline at the two before Mitch Nichols jumped on it with 39 seconds left in the half.

Truman tried to punch it in with no luck then a pass play was incomplete with pass interference called against SBU. On the third attempt, Barr mishandled the snap and the Bearcats recovered the fumble to keep it 14-6 at the break.

The teams exchanged a pair of punts to start the third before Barr hit Dante Ruffin over the middle and the redshirt freshman beat his defender to the endzone for a 42-yard touchdown reception.

Later in the fourth, Salima sealed the victory with the halfback option pass to a wide open Jordan Jorgenson for a 29-yard TD pass and a 28-6 lead with 2:51 showing.

The Bearcats got a late score as Edwards hit Kendrick Payne for 19 yards with 1:25 left. Following the play, Payne was ejected for his second unsportsmanlike foul on the game and the two-point conversion was intercepted.

Barr was 17-of-23 passing with Ruffin catching four balls for 81 yards. Ben Chaney and Bryan Edwards led the defense with nine stops apiece.

SBU won the earlier matchup with Truman 21-17. That game was the conference meeting between the two schools.

Truman will close out the 2017 season with revenge on their mind. The Bulldogs will host McKendree at 1 p.m. for Senior Day. The Bearcats have downed the 'Dogs the last two years with last year's loss in Lebanon, Illinois spoiling Truman's outright conference title and possible NCAA tournament chance.

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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