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Area roundup UIW has record-setting day in victory

October 7, 2018

The University of the Incarnate Word football team broke numerous individual and team records in a blistering 52-34 Southland Conference victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon at Benson Stadium.

The victory gave the Cardinals a 3-2 record for the season and improved UIW’s conference record to

3-0, the best conference start in school history.

The UIW offense put up 621 yards of total offense, the most in program history.

Freshman quarterback Jon Copeland broke individual and team records for yards passing. With his 411 yards Saturday, Copeland shattered the mark previously held by Trent Brittain, who threw for of 368 yards against Abilene Christian during the 2015 season.

The 52 points scored represents the most scored by a Cardinal team in Southland Conference play.

Copeland threw three touchdown passes Saturday night. Ameer King rushed for 180 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.

Two Cardinal defensive linemen scored touchdowns, a 55-yard interception return by Darrius Montgomery and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Luke Termin.

For a while, due to two long scoring drives by Southeastern Louisiana in the beginning of the game, the prospects of a Cardinal victory were not so apparent.

On the first possession of the game, the Lions’ Juwan Petit-Frere swept to the right side and broke free for a 71-yard touchdown run, giving SLU a 7-0 lead.

The Cardinals responded with a 35-yard drive in seven plays, culminating with Rhett Marshall’s 47-yard field goal. That cut SLU’s lead to 7-3.

The Lions responded with quarterback Chason Virgil’s 74-yard touchdown pass to Petit-Frere, giving SLU a 14-3 lead.

After two exchanges of possession to begin the second quarter, the Cardinals mounted an 80-yard, eight-play drive to trim SLU’s lead to 14-10.

Copeland hit three key passes—a 32-yarder to Kam Williams, a 20-yard strike to Colby Anthony, and a 22-yard aerial to Phillip Baptiste, setting up Ra’Quanne Dickens 4-yard touchdown run up the middle.

Then an unusual interception return for a touchdown and a fake punt on two successive possessions shifted momentum in UIW’s favor.

With Southeastern Louisiana threatening at the UIW 31-yard line, Virgil’s pass bounced off of the shoulder of a Cardinal pass rusher. Montgomery, a defensive lineman, intercepted and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.

That put the Cardinals ahead, 17-14, with 8:16 remaining in the second quarter.

Trinity 24, Rhodes (Tenn.) 7: In Memphis, Tennessee, the Tigers (3-2) jumped out to a 17-7 halftime lead. Wyatt Messex was 12-of-21 passing for 200 yards and accounted for two touchdowns. Blake Johnson connected with Chris Stewart for a 66-yard touchdown pass.

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