The University of Arkansas at Monticello football team dominated Southwestern Oklahoma State University Saturday at home, 44-9. UAM rushed for 348 yards, its highest total of this season, and held the Bulldogs to just 88 yards passing.
The secondary was a big story, recording three interceptions of the high-powered Southwestern offense. Christian Jefferson had two interceptions for 22 yards, while Tyronne Brumfield had a 34-yard pick-6. Prior to meeting the Weevils Saturday, the Bulldogs were second in the conference in passing offense.
On offense, UAM’s Devontae Dean led the charge with 121 yards rushing, while Alex Day posted 92 yards. Demilon Brown had six carries for 49 yards and a touchdown and Logan Penn had four carries for 19 yards and a TD. Stephen King also powered in a rushing touchdown of his own. UAM averaged 6.4 yards per carry on the day and had three rushes for at least 20 yards.
The first quarter was fairly quiet for both teams. Oklahoma State did give the Bulldogs an early 3-0 lead, but UAM scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter.
Just four seconds into the second quarter, the Boll Weevils scored at the end of a 10-play, 75-yard drive, when King punched a 3-yard run into the endzone.
With 6:18 remaining in the half, UAM Josh Marini kicked a 27-yard field goal to put the Weevils up, 10-3.
Caleb Canady hooked up with DeAndre Washington for a 4-yard touchdown pass to conclude an 11-play, 82-yard drive. The Boll Weevils took a 17-3 lead into halftime.
SWOSU answered late in the third quarter with a touchdown. The Bulldogs missed the extra point. UAM led 17-9 at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, UAM blew the game wide open. At 13:49, Canady threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Parham to finish off an eight-play, 67-yard drive.
On the following series for SWOSU, Myron Norfleet threw a pass on the second play of the drive that was picked off by Jefferson to give UAM great field position. It was Jefferson’s second pick of the contest.
After five plays, Penn punched-in a 2-yard rush for the touchdown, and Marini’s extra point was good, giving the Weevils a 31-9 lead.
Following the kickoff, on the first play of the Bulldogs’ next drive, Tyler Marr threw one into the hands of Brumfield, and he raced it all the way back for a 34-yard, pick-6. After the extra point, UAM led, 38-9.
To conclude scoring, Brown plunged in his first career touchdown rush to finish a 5-play, 64-yard drive and increasing the score to 44-9.
UAM improved to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in GAC play.
The Boll Weevils will travel to Alva, Oklahoma on Saturday for a GAC contest at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.