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Tigers beat Lindenwood for 2nd win

By The Hays Daily News

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - The Fort Hays State University football team had started slowly in the first quarter this season. On Saturday, the Tigers led 14-0 after the first quarter and 24-0 with 4 minutes, 30 seconds left before halftime. The fast start led to a 31-17 Tiger victory at Lindenwood (Mo.) University.

Lindenwood scored 17 unanswered points, but FHSU scored on a 17-yard run from senior running back Andre Smith with 77 seconds left. Fort Hays won its second straight game and moved to 2-4, 1-4 MIAA. The Lions dropped to 3-3, 2-3 MIAA and lost its second straight.

Fort Hays forced four turnovers and finished plus-3 in turnover margin. The Tigers had 17 points off the turnovers and intercepted another pass at the FHSU 1-yard line just before halftime.

In the first quarter, Fort Hays scored at the 6:52 mark on an 18-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Treveon Albert to senior wideout Keaton Callins. FHSU bumped the lead to 14-0 with 3:40 left on a 51-yard pass from Albert to Ed Williams. It marked Williams' first TD as a Tiger.

FHSU made it 17-0 on a 46-yard field goal from sophomore Drew O'Brien, his longest kick of the year. Then, the Tigers upped it to 24-0 on an 8-yard pass from Albert to senior tight end Marshall Musil, hist first career TD.

The Tigers finished with 490 yards of offense on 68 plays, while Lindenwood had 430 yards on 68 plays. Albert rushed 19 times for 125 yards and Andre Smith carried 26 times for 138 yards.

Freshman DeAndre James and junior Michael Jordan each picked off passes and senior Jeremy Jones recorded two sacks. Juniors Michael Terry and Daniel Lindsey each recovered fumbles.