LINDSBORG — The MIA running game for Tabor College has been found after a one-week disapperance.
The Bluejays, who at one time were No. 2 in the nation in rushing offense before being bludgeoned by McPherson College’s defense in last week’s upset loss to the Bulldogs, reverted back to form on Saturday in a 35-14 victory over Bethany College.
The 24th-ranked Bluejays amazingly threw only two passes the entire game, choosing to crush the Swedes under an avalanche of 332 yards rushing. Tabor scored five rushing touchdowns during a stunning 35-0 first half.
Bethany did outscore the Jays 14-0 in the second half, but it was far too little, far too late.
Bo Savage went most of the way at quarterback for the Swedes, throwing for 179 yards. But Bethany was held to just 115 yards on the ground.
“I was proud of our second-half effort,” Bethany coach Manny Matsakis said. "We didn't play very smart in the first half. I thought the big key for us is to never give up. That's why I called timeouts at the end, made sure our guys played until the end of the game, every snap. Our defense in the second half played great, I thought. First half, we gave them a short field twice, helped them out and in the end it hurts you. Bo did a really good job at times. He got half the reps this week because Virgil was dinged up. Floyd Allen is going to be a heck of a player here, you can see him do really good things. The receiver core as a whole had too many drops. If you make those catches, that's not the final score, it's a much better game.”
D’Marco Smith, bottled up last week by McPherson, exploded for 185 yards on 28 carries and two scores to lead the Jays. Marshall McShan added 101. Jasaan Eley rushed for 46 yards to lead the Swedes. Allen and Jean Charles scored their first touchdowns of the year to account for the Swedes’ scores.
Bethany fell to 3-4 in the KCAC and 4-5 overall. It is now tied for fifth place with McPherson College and Saint Mary. The Swedes travel to McPherson on Saturday. The Bulldogs have played only three games at home this season.
• STATISTICS •
• Bethany Listed First •
First Downs — 14, 21. Rushes-Yards — 32-115; 67-332. Passing — 12-36-3-179; 1-2-0-5.
Punts-Avg. — 3-10.0; 5-40.8. Fumbles-Lost — 2-0; 4-1. Penalties-Yards — 10-77; 10-80.
• INDIVIDUAL LEADERS •
• Rushing •
Bethany — Eley 8-46.
Tabor — Smith 28-185, McShan 16-101.
• Passing •
Bethany — Savage 12-33-3-179, Bridges 0-3-0-0.
Tabor — Bernhardy 1-1-0-5, Robbins 0-1-0-0.
• Receiving •
Bethany — Evans 4-50, Allen 3-79.
Tabor — Cole 1-5.