Lamar totals 658 yards in blowing out Bethel
Cardinals 65, Wildcats 16
Bethel 3 10 0 3 — 16
Lamar 14 27 17 7 — 65
Lamar — Case Robinson 26 pass from Jordan Hoy (Elvin Martinez kick), 11:43
Lamar — Erik Pizarro 7 pass from Hoy (Martinez kick), 11:26
Bethel — Rodrigo Campos 24 FG, 5:11
Lamar — Jordan Hoy 8 run (kick failed). 14:56
Bethel — Campos 38 FG, 12:38
Lamar — Hoy 4 run (Bailey Giffen kick), 11:40
Bethel — Chris Arrambide 1 run (Campos kick), 8:03
Lamar — Myles Wanza 13 run (Giffen kick), 4:46
Lamar — Hoy 3 (Giffen kick), 0:25
Lamar — Derrion Randle 6 run (Giffen kick), 12:40
Lamar — Wanza 28 pass from Hoy (Giffen kick), 9:47
Lamar — Giffen 46 FG, 1:18
Bethel — Campos 22 FG, 9:04
Lamar — Cole Starnes 35 run (Giffen kick), 6:55
First downs 13 34
Rushes-yards 54-129 51-344
Passing yards 68 314
Total yards 197 658
Comp-Att-Int 4-20-1 22-29-1
Punts-Avg. 10-33.7 2-36.5
Fumbles-lost 3-2 5-3
Penalties-yards 3-20 5-63
Possession 30:43 29:17
Attendance — 7,165
RUSHING — Bethel: De’Ontay Tate 15-66; Anthony Houghes 14-33; Chris Witherspoon 6-14; Dominic Moore 1-8; J’Kobi Reddick 1-6; Arrambide 14-6; Blake Meadors 3-(-4). Lamar: Derrion Randle 5-79, Starnes 14-72, A.J. Walker 8-71, Hoy 10-50, Jermaine Givens 8-45, Wanza 6-27.
PASSING — Bethel: Arrambide 4-15-1, 68; Meadors 0-5-0. Lamar: Hoy 18-24-1, 226; Givens 4-5-0, 88.
RECEIVING — Bethel: Davius Prather 3-65, Dominic Moore 1-3. Lamar: Kirkland Banks 5-48, Carmoni Green 4-71, Pizarro 3-28, Blake Robinson 2-52, Wanza 2-36, Mason Sikes 2-26, Kenny Allen 2-15, Robinson 1-26, Jack Roe 1-12.
BEAUMONT – Lamar rolled up 658 yards of total offense to defeat nationally ranked Bethel University of Tennessee, 65-16, Thursday evening in the 2019 season opener at Provost Umphrey Stadium. It was the first Thursday home game for the Red and White since the 1962 season.
Thursday’s game marked the fourth-best single-game scoring mark in program history, while the Red and White just missed a school record in total offense.
The Cardinals finished the night with a balanced attack – 344 yards rushing and 357 passing. Senior Jordan Hoy completed 18-of-24 (.750) passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 10 carries for 50 yards and three scores. Hoy connected with freshman Erik Pizarro, junior Myles Wanza and senior Case Robinson for passing touchdowns.
Hoy was one of three LU backs to rush for a touchdown Thursday. Senior Derrion Randle had five carries for a team-high 79 yards and a score. The other two rushing touchdowns came from Wanza and Cole Starnes.
The defense held Bethel to less than 200 yards of total offense, and just three points in the second half. The defense also held their guests to a 3-of-18 performance on third downs while forcing three fumbles and picking off a pass. LU finished the night with five sacks and 17 tackles for losses.
“Getting the win is the most important thing, but there were too many turnovers tonight,” said LU head coach Mike Schultz. “We have to eliminate those. You can’t have turnovers in the Southland and expect to win. We have got to get those things fixed. There were some positives tonight. We were able to play a lot of guys and get them some valuable experience.”
The Cardinals put their first points of the season on the board just over 3 minutes into the game. Senior Case Robinson capped a six-play, 50-yard drive, with a 26-yard reception from senior Jordan Hoy. The Cardinals were back on the attack just 17 seconds later after the defense forced a fumble. Hoy found redshirt freshman Erik Pizarro from seven yards out on the very next play to give Big Red a 14-0 lead.
After a Bethel field goal trimmed the LU lead to 11, the Cardinals opened the second quarter with an eight-yard run for a score to take a 20-3 advantage with 14:56 remaining. Bethel scored 10 points in the second quarter, but the Cardinals closed out the half with consecutive scores. Sophomore Myles Wanza scored on a 13-yard run that was set up by a Michael Lawson interception. Hoy closed out the half with a 3-yard run with 25 seconds on the clock to give LU a 41-13 lead heading into halftime.
The Cardinals racked up 323 yards of total offense in the first half, including 150 on the ground. The offense’s dominance was equaled by the defense, who held Bethel’s high-octane offense to 139 yards in the opening 30 minutes, and just 68 yards through the air. The defense also forced two turnovers and held Bethel to a 2-of-10 performance on third downs.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Cardinals tacked on three consecutive scores to open the third quarter. LU built a 58-13 lead and Bethel never threatened for the remainder of the night.
The Cardinals return to action Saturday, Sept. 7, when they host Mississippi Valley State. The game against the Delta Devils will kick off at 6 p.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium.
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