Lindenwood hosted No. 8 Indianapolis on Saturday and walked away winners, 34-27 behind a huge performance from Lions' quarterback Cade Brister.
Here's how it all went down.
Cade Brister leads the Lions to 582 total yards
Two weeks ago, we labeled Brister as one of 15 DII football players that don't get enough attention. After his performance Saturday, that is sure to change.
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Brister led the Lions to four touchdowns in a row, scoring 28 points in the second and third quarters, and throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for one more. He erupted for 531 yards passing and four total touchdowns, spreading the wealth around his offense. Najee Jackson led the way with 124 yards but was joined by Payton Rose — 121 yards and one touchdown — and Nash Sutherlin — 115 yards receiving, 46 yards rushing, and one touchdown — as a trio of players who crossed the century mark. All-American tight end Erik Henneman finished the day with 94 yards receiving.
Lindenwood's defense shuts down UIndy's top offense
The Greyhounds entered Saturday's action No. 1 in scoring offense in DII football at 50 points per game with the seventh-best rushing offense in football, averaging 284.6 yards per game and scoring 26 touchdowns on the ground. The Lions defense held UIndy to 27 points while holding that rushing attack to just 165 yards.
Lindenwood held UIndy's star running back Al McKellar out of the endzone for the first game all season. The defense also bottled McKellar up for just 71 yards, tying his season-low. It was the first time in three weeks McKellar rushed for less than 124 yards.
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Perhaps most impressively, UIndy jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead on a pick-six and field goal, but the Lions defense clamped down and allowed the offense to do their thing.
Super Region Three implications
The Lions victory ends the Greyhounds' undefeated season. Lindenwood — now 6-3 — has a winning record, so UIndy shouldn't drop too low, but there isn't much room for any more error in a stacked region. At 7-1, a second loss over the next two weeks would not fare well for UIndy.
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Lindenwood, unfortunately, won't improve its postseason stock with three losses already on its schedule, but it can hold its head high. It is the second time in the past month that a nationally-ranked team came into Hunter Stadium and left without a win. The Lions defeated Truman State 28-24 on Oct. 12 and have certainly left their mark on the region.