The Lindenwood University-Belleville football team ran into a tough conference foe on Saturday morning as they Lynx fell 63-7 against No. 3-ranked University of Saint Francis.
The Lynx (0-4; 0-2 MSFA), were outgained 438-232 on the day but totaled 17 first downs and won the time of possession battle 36:02-23:58.
Going against one of the top ranked defenses in the country, Darrien Boone was unable to get much going on offense as he went 16-of-32 for 138 yards and an interception. Quentin Edwards, meanwhile, led the way on the ground with six carries for 29 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Trey Parker had a team-high seven tackles and also came down with a great interception at its own 1-yard line, ending the Cougars impressive drive. Eric Walker earned his first interception on the year in the third quarter. James Bost totaled five tackles and one sack, becoming just the second player thus far to collect a sack against the Cougars (4-0; 2-0 MSFA) tough offensive line.
Saint Francis was led by quarterback Nick Ferrer as despite being pressured throughout the afternoon by the Lynx defensive line, he finished 17-of-24 for 261 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
Justin Green and Aaron Harris combined for 72 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, while Seth Coate led the receivers with three catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.
After both teams’ had short opening drives, it was the Cougars getting on the board first. The team got the ball with 11:57 on the clock in the first and drove down the field, taking 11 plays for 48 yards, capped off by Aaron Harris’ 1-yard touchdown, to make it 7-0.
On its next possession, the Lynx were looking to punt it away but Justin Johnson's attempt was blocked by Charles Gaston and it was recovered by the Cougars at the Lynx 24-yard mark.
Three plays later, Ferrer found Gaston for the 7-yard score to give them a 14-0 lead through the first quarter of play.
In the second, it was the Cougars driving as they were on the Lynx 21-yard line to start. Ferrer stepped back and looked to the right corner of the end zone for his receiver, but Parker leaped up and made the interception at the Lynx 2-yard line, keeping it a 14-0 game.
It looked as if the Lynx gained momentum off that play as Boone threw a perfect pass to Ian Rossby down the right side for 34 yards. The team got to its own 45 but on its next play, Lucas Sparks sacked Boone, causing a fumble and it was recovered by the Cougars as they took it back to the LU-Belleville 13-yard line.
The Lynx defense though stepped up right after as on its first play, Mike Cotton forced the Cougars fumble on the end-around and it was recovered by Walker at the Lynx 21-yard mark.
After shutting down the Lynx on offense, Saint Francis tacked onto its lead as Ferrer handed it off to Green and he raced to the end-zone for 45 yards to make it 21-0.
Turnovers continued to be a problem for LU-Belleville on its next attempted drive as Boone was picked off by Spencer Cowherd at the Cougars 41-yard line and he took it back 20 yards.
Five plays later, Saint Francis took a 28-0 lead with 5:47 to go on Ferrer’s 20-yard strike to Montay McDowell. They tacked on another touchdown two minutes later and headed into the locker room on top 35-0 over LU-Belleville.
The Cougars kept its momentum they gained through the first two quarters as they totaled 21 more points in the third to take a 56-0 lead.
Prior to the quarter ending, however, Eric Walker intercepted Jakob Coker at the Cougars 32-yard line, giving the Lynx great field position.
Thanks to the interception, the Lynx found the end zone in the fourth as Boone rushed in from six yards out to make it 56-7. USF went on to score once more to make it a 63-7 final.
LU-Belleville has a bye week next weekend and then will prepare for the Missouri Baptist University Spartans, as they come to town on Oct. 8. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m.