Another strong defensive showing paced the University of Saint Mary football team to its second straight win.
A week after allowing seven points to Southwestern, the Spires gave up only 14 points to McPherson on Saturday, all of which came in the second quarter.
The other three periods remained spotless except for 26 Saint Mary points, leading to a 26-14 road win for USM.
“The defense played great,” Spires coach Lance Hinson said, “allowing 270 yards to a team that averaged 430 a game. Offensively, ball control was key. On eight drives, we had 77 plays to McPherson’s eight drives and 54 plays. No turnovers and solid production on the ground as well as through the air.”
Saint Mary never trailed in the road contest. An opening quarter touchdown became 17 points by half. Holding a 17-14 advantage at the break, USM posted nine more points in the third for the 12-point victory.
Winners of four of its last five, the Spires are 4-5 overall and 4-3 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The team will be at Bethel for a 1:30 p.m. game Saturday.