Faceoffs against conference leaders make for tough losses

Photo by Kara Mackenzie

The Truman State University football team fell 34-33 to the Missouri University of Science and Technology Miners Saturday, Nov. 10 to finish the season with an overall record of 6-5.

The Bulldogs dropped their first three non-conference games of the season but went on a six-game win streak starting in the fourth week that included five GLVC victories. In the final two weeks of the season, they lost to the University of Indianapolis and the Miners to finish with a 5-2 conference record.

For the ’Dogs final two losses of the season, both teams entered the game with identical GLVC records — both the Bulldogs and UIndy were undefeated coming into their matchup, and the Miners and Bulldogs carried 5-1 conference records, with the only loss for both teams coming at the hands of UIndy.

On Saturday, Truman took a 24-10 lead over the Miners in the second quarter, but the Miners answered with two touchdowns in the last four minutes of the half to leave the score tied at halftime. The Bulldogs then jumped out to a nine-point lead in the third quarter thanks to a touchdown and a safety, but the Miners came back with a field goal and a fourth-quarter touchdown to seal the victory.

Redshirt junior quarterback Jaden Barr completed 10 of his 18 pass attempts for 122 yards and two touchdowns, leaving him just shy of 1,400 passing yards for the year. Barr was also sacked five times and threw an interception Saturday. Junior running back Jordan Salima completed a 63-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for the Bulldogs to give him 680 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the year.

The Bulldogs finish the season third in the eight-team GLVC behind both UIndy and the Miners.