Emporia State stays undefeated, edges out Lindenwood 20-13

ST. CHARLES, MO (ESU ATHLETICS) – Brent Wilson set the Emporia State career record for touchdown passes and the Hornet defense held Lindenwood to just 289 yards of total offense in a 20-13 road win in St. Charles, Mo. on Saturday. The win sets up a top 25 match up on October 10 in Welch Stadium between the Hornets and Pittsburg State.

LOW SCORES/BIG YARDS
The Hornet offense was held to a season low 20 points on the day but still had nearly 500 yards of total offense. In fact Emporia State was at 500 yards exactly until they lost a total of eight yards on kneel downs in victory formation at the end of the game.
Brent Wilson was 43 of 58 for 386 yards with three touchdowns for the Hornets. His three touchdown passes give him 61 in his career to pass Tyler Eckenrode’s previous school record of 60 scoring passes. He also moved into third place on the Emporia State career passing and total offense lists. He now has 6,140 yards to pass Pete Jelovic in career passing and 6,786 yards of total offense to pass Tad Hatfield in that category.
Kavaski Ervin had ten catches for 140 yards while Mitchell Foote caught 11 balls for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

BIG DEFENSE
The Hornets gave up just 289 yards of total offense, their lowest allowed this season. Emporia State entered the game ranked ninth in the nation in sacks and added five more to their total against Lindenwood.
Tre Dickerson had a career high 12 tackles with a pass break up while Josh Monteagudo added 11 tackles. Larenz Abston had six tackles, 1.5 sacks and knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage.

HOW’D THEY SCORE
The Hornets struck first on an eight yard pass from Brent Wilson to Mitchell Foote to cap a four play, 57 yard drive. The big play in the drive was a 46 yard pass from Wilson to KAvaski Ervin on the second play.
Lindenwood got on the board with 7:35 left in the second quarter on a 34 yard field goal by Brandon White. The Lions had the ball at the Hornet nine yard line, but a sack on third down by Eddie Vinson and Jason Tetuan forced Lindenwood to settle for the field goal.
Emporia State took a 14-3 lead into the lockerroom at the half on a 25 yard touchdown from Wilson to Foote. The Hornets took over the ball when the Lions failed to convert a fourth down at the Emporia State 27 yard line.
Lindenwood scored the only points of the third quarter on a 23 yard pass from Mason Bendigo to Tre Roby as the quarter ended.
The final Emporia State touchdown came with 6:59 left in the game when Wilson threaded the needle with a 33 yard pass that found Morris Williams II in the middle of triple coverage in middle of the endzone.
The Lions cut the score to 20-13 with a 20 yard field goal by White with 4:41 left in the game. Lindenwood had the ball first and goal at the two yard line before the Hornet defense held and forced the field goal.

OTHER NUMBERS
With the win Hornet coach Garin Higgins evened his record at Emporia State at 47-47 in nine years. He is 98-56 in 14 years as a head coach.
The scoreless third quarter was the first time since the fourth quarter of game one that the Hornets failed to score this year.
The Hornets have now won four of their last five games played on the MIAA-TV network over the last three years.

UP NEXT
The #23 Hornets will play host to #15 Pittsburg State on Saturday,October 10 at 2:00 p.m. on Jones Field at Welch Stadium.

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