It’s hard to find enough adjectives to describe how dominant the University of Saint Mary football team played Saturday.
Traveling to Bethel College, the Spires put together a historic day offensively when it defeated the Threshers 86-6. It was the third straight win for USM.
“I have never been a part of anything like that,” Saint Mary coach Lance Hinson said. “Our defense fully substituted in the second quarter and all offensive backups went in early in the third and they still couldn’t stop us.”
The quarter by quarter breakdown was eye-popping to say the least. The Spires had 14 points in the first, 37 in the second, 14 in the third and 21 in the fourth. Bethel posted a lone touchdown in the second quarter, which it then followed with a missed two-point conversion.
Statistically speaking, Saint Mary racked up 35 first downs, had 631 yards offensively and 12 total touchdowns — six of which came through the air and the other five on the ground. The team accumulated 476 yards passing, 155 yards rushing and forced five turnovers defensively.
“Our defense only gave up 104 total yards and they couldn’t stop anything we were doing offensively,” Hinson said. “The key was we just had better players who are playing very good right now.”
Saint Mary, 5-5 overall and 5-3 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, will look to finish the season on a four-game winning streak when it hosts Kansas Wesleyan at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
On the same day, USM will continue its Veterans Day tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have served this country. All veterans, active-duty military, and military family members are invited to attend the game free of charge.
Prior to the start of the game, the Leavenworth High School Junior Army ROTC will be presenting the colors.