Bulldogs put away Weevils late

WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Southwestern Oklahoma State recorded 587 yards of total offense and outscored Arkansas-Monticello 21-3 in the second half to record a 35-17 win on Saturday night at Fast Lane Field.

At the halftime break, UAM (2-2, 2-2 Great American Conference) and SWOSU (3-1, 3-1 GAC) were tied at 14-all. SWOSU opened the scoring on a 32-yard quarterback keeper by Dustin Stenta to cap a nine-play, 94-yard drive with 8:06 remaining in the first quarter.

UAM tied the score at 7 with 2:18 remaining in the opening quarter on a 2-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Cody Trimble to senior Jamal Nixon to cap an eight-play, 66-yard drive.

Trimble connected with junior Skyler Scott on a post pattern for a 46-yard touchdown catch and run at the 10-minute mark of the second half. That capped just a three-play, 44-second drive that was set up by a punt from SWOSU inside its own 5-yard line.

SWOSU capped the first half scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run by Ryan Corbin out of the Wildcat formation with 5:22 remaining in the half. That capped a 15-play, 4-minute, 38-second drive that was aided by a roughing-the-passer penalty against UAM on a no-gain play with a third-and-14 situation.

The third quarter had only one score, a screen pass from Stenta to Teverick Boyd, who ran 70 yards for a touchdown. That put SWOSU up 21-14 with 3:56 left in the third period.

UAM scored its only points of the second half on a 38-yard field goal from freshman Jamie McGee to cap a 10-play, 51-yard drive to trim SWOSU’s lead to four points with 14:50 remaining in regulation.

The Bulldogs cushioned their lead on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Stenta to Brian Robinson at the 11-minute mark of the fourth quarter, and finalized the scoring on another Wildcat touchdown run from Corbin with 4:39 remaining in regulation.

SWOSU outgained UAM 233-25 in the fourth quarter to keep the Boll Weevils from making a comeback.

Trimble finished the game 17-of-25 through the air for 140 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Sophomore Colton Morrison was 10-of-20 for 86 yards. Skylar Scott turned in his second triple-digit game of the season with nine receptions for 142 yards, including his 47-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Junior Rod Smith carried 18 times for a season-high 81 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per rush.

Defensively, junior Keith Reynolds turned in his second double-digit game of the season with a total of 10 tackles in the loss. Louis Curry added eight, and junior Alex Black had seven.

The Weevils are back in action next Saturday at home against Arkansas Tech. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.