Missouri Western scored 21 points from turnovers and parlayed that into a 26-9 victory over Lindenwood University Thursday night at Hunter Stadium in St. Charles, Mo.
Lindenwood came out with a lot of energy and played well in the first half, but mistakes allowed the Griffons to lead 14-9 at halftime, Missouri Western scored on its first drive after a Lions turnover set the Griffons up at the Lindenwood 29.
Six plays later, Missouri Western scored on a 15-yard pass from TJ LaFaver to Brandyyn Clark.
The Lions cut the lead to 7-6 early in the second quarter. On a first down from the Lindenwood 34, Graham Lindman hit Marvin Byrd (Fort Zumwalt East) on an out pattern and Byrd raced past the Griffon defense 66 yards to the house for a score. The point after kick was missed and Missouri Western still was in the lead.
Lindenwood (1-3) also had just one play on its next series but that play was ill-fated. A bad snap went past Lindman into the end zone and was recovered by Missouri Western for a touchdown.
Brandon White booted a 29-yard field goal for the Lions to cap off the first half scoring.
In the second half, Missouri Western’s defense put the brakes Lindenwood’s offense as the Lions seven possessions were marred by five punts, an interception, and a safety.
The Griffons gave up just 20 yards of offense in the second half.
John Schmiemeier’s 50-yard field goal made it 17-9 in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Missouri Western (3-1) put the game on ice with a safety and then about three minutes later, a 32-yard interception return by linebacker Kirk Resseguie.
Lindenwood’s defense managed to limit 324 yards of offense, 101 yards through the air. Connor Harris led the Lions defense with 21 tackles and a fumble recovery. Roderick Ryles added 10 tackles. Steven Pace and Jeremy Morris each recorded an interception.
Lindman, a true freshman, passed for 145 yards and a touchdown in his first college game.
NOTES: The game was televised on CBS College Sports Network and was Lindenwood’s second nationally televised game. Lindenwood alum Pierre Desir (Francis Howell Central) was on hand for the pregame coin flip as an honorary captain along with Sterling Thomas, a Lions player, who was injured in 2012. Also on hand for the flip were members of the Fort Zumwalt West Jr. Jaguars football club.