FHSU wins third straight in blowout fashion over SBU

Published On: Oct 30 2013 10:56:22 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 30 2013 11:07:42 AM CDT
HAYS, Kansas (FHSU Sports Information) -

The Tiger football team scored 28 points off turnovers in a run-away 56-14 win over Southwest Baptist on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 19) at Lewis Field Stadium in Hays. FHSU improved to 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the MIAA with the win. SBU dropped to 1-6 overall and 1-5 in the MIAA.

Fort Hays State forced five turnovers out of the Bearcats, four that turned into touchdowns. SBU fumbled just two plays into the game at its own 27-yardline and the Tigers capitalized with a quick three-play drive capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Treveon Albert to Keaton Callins.

Leading 21-7 going into the second half, the Tigers kept the Bearcats from making it a one-touchdown game with a goal-line stand. On fourth down, the Tigers caused a fumble at the goalline and Michael Terry scooped the ball in the endzone and went 94 yards to the SBU 6-yardline before being tackled from behind. That set up an Andre Smith 3-yard touchdown run to make it 28-7 and keep the Tigers with the momentum.

Up 35-7 in the fourth quarter, the Tigers put the game away for good with a pair of interception returns for touchdowns. Nathan Lindsey had a 40-yard interception returned to the house to make it 42-7 and Shane Smith had a 38-yard interception return to make it the eventual final of 56-14. Another touchdown in the final quarter for the Tigers was set up by an 88-yard kickoff return by Daniel Lindsey.

The 56 points were the most by Fort Hays State in a game since 2002, when it scored 58 against Fort Lewis College.

Fort Hays State had 398 yards of total offense in the game. Andre Smith led the rushing attack with 80 yards on 19 attempts and one touchdown. Edward Smith added 71 on 12 carries with two touchdowns. Treveon Albert, who exited the game in the second quarter with a minor injury, threw for 107 yards and rushed for 60 with two passing touchdowns and one rushing. Edin Kovac was steady at quarterback the rest of the way, going 6-of-7 for 57 yards. Keaton Callins led the Tiger receivers with 59 yards on five catches with a touchdown, while Ed Williams had a 51-yard touchdown reception on his only catch of the game. Williams also had 34 rushing yards. The Tigers did the majority of their damage on the ground with 234 rushing yards.

Michael Terry led the Tiger defense with 16 tackles (most by a Tiger in a game this season) to go with his 94-yard fumble return. Alex Schmidtberger had an interception to give FHSU three for the game and he added six tackles. Nathan Lindsey had eight tackles to go with his 40-yard interception return for a touchdown. Shane Smith had three tackles to go with his 38-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Joey Dominguez had 200 yards passing for SBU with two touchdowns. The Tigers held the Bearcats to just 97 yards rushing and did not allow more than 28 yards rushing to any SBU player. Derwin Lauderdale had nine receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown for SBU.

The Tigers will be featured in the MIAA Television Network Game of the Week for the second straight week next Saturday (Oct. 26) at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. Game time is set for 2:30 pm.