ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — It was a tough afternoon for Southern Arkansas on Saturday from inside Cliff Harris Stadium as the Muleriders were held under 200 yards of total offense, while #7/8 Ouachita churned out 408 yards at six yards per play to claim a 42-7 Great American Conference win in the Week 8 tilt.
The Muleriders (3-5, 3-5 GAC) lone score of the game came with just ten seconds remaining in the first half as senior quarterback Hayden Mallory found freshman wide receiver Matthew Whitten from six yards out to cap a 13-play, 82-yard drive that took only 2:48. It marked the second-straight week that the pair hooked up through the air as Whitten hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass in the win over Arkansas Tech.
SAU managed just 62 yards rushing at 1.7 yards per carry, while redshirt freshman Jariq Scales inched closer to the century mark in rushing this season as his personal output of 66 yards gives him 974 for the season.
Redshirt freshman Gavin Roe led the defense with ten total stops. It marked the third time this season and second-straight game that Roe reached double digits in tackles. Freshman Melvin Smith Jr. followed with seven tackles.
Freshman Rayvon Ingram picked off his second pass of the season and returned it 29 yards to Ouachita 26 early in the second quarter with Ouachita leading 14-0. The Muleriders would come away empty on the drive as the Tigers would push their lead to 21-0 before taking a 28-7 lead into the intermission. The Tigers would score two more times in the third quarter for the 35-point win.
Southern Arkansas returns home for an October 30 matchup with Oklahoma Baptist. Kickoff from Wilkins Stadium at Rip Powell Field is set for 2 p.m. Live coverage links are available at www.MuleriderAthletics.com.