Football Defeats Morehead State; Sets Up First-Place Battle at San Diego

first_img PDF Box Score Story Links Watch Live Next Game: Preview DES MOINES, IOWA – Led by a career-high 242 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Drew Lauer, the Drake University football team defeated Morehead State, 36-17, Saturday at Drake Stadium.Lauer’s 242-yard day was the first 200-yard performance by a Drake running back in more than three years and his long of 53 yards late in the fourth quarter set up the Bulldogs’ final score of the day to ice the game.Drake (4-3, 4-0 PFL) held a 303-74 yard advantage in rushing as the Bulldogs’ defense turned in another noteworthy performance. Danny Morales led the defense with 11 tackles and three passes defended while Will Warner hauled in two interceptions two go along with nine tackles. Those interceptions, combined with two fumble recoveries and a pick from Collin Seymour helped the Bulldogs to a plus-3 advantage in turnovers. Victor Jurgens and Will Kulick helped force those fumbles, one of which occurred inside the Bulldogs’ 5-yard line to end an MSU scoring threat. Morehead State (4-4, 2-2 PFL) was led by quarterback Mark Pappas who completed 28 of his 44 passes for 288 yards, but was sacked four times by the Bulldogs. Receiver Landon Hurst hauled in 11 of those passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.Holding a 15-10 lead at halftime, the Bulldog defense shined in the second half, allowing just one second-half score while giving the offense the ball back in MSU territory three times in the second half. Drake’s offense took advantage of those opportunities quickly late in the third quarter when following a fumble recovery on the MSU 39-yard line; quarterback Ian Corwin threw a 15-yard pass to Devin Cates to put the Bulldogs on top 22-10. Morehead State answered with a score early in the fourth quarter, but Drake scored on its next two drive with a pair of 70-plus yard drives that ended with Lauer and Cross Robinson finding the end zone to thwart any chance of an MSU comeback.The first half was much more trying for Bulldog fans as the Eagles took an early lead after an MSU interception resulted in a 70-yard Eagle drive that ended with DeAndre Clayton 5-yard touchdown. Drake countered on its next possession with a 41-yard field goal from Nathan De Bruin, his second make of the season, and followed that with a 13-yard Lauer score on the Bulldogs’ next possession. That touchdown capped a nine-play, 73-yard drive to open the second quarter. Just two minutes later, Drake found the end zone again as Mitch McFarlane hauled in a 25-yard Corwin pass to make the score 15-7. That drive was set up by Warner’s first interception of the day.Morehead closed the first half with a 41-yard field goal from Andrew Foster to send the teams into the locker room with Drake leading 15-10 before the Bulldogs pulled away for good in the second half.Drake’s fourth-straight win sets up a huge PFL clash next Saturday, Nov. 2, when the Bulldogs travel to San Diego. The potential league title hangs in the balance as both teams enter the contest on top of the PFL standings with matching 4-0 records in the league.  Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Stadium Full Schedule Roster Print Friendly Version at San Diego 11/2/2019 – 4 p.m. HTML Box Score last_img read more

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