McMurry Claims Heart Of Texas Bowl Victory

Jake Mullin was named the MVP of the CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl
Jake Mullin was named the MVP of the CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl

COPPERAS COVE, TX – Senior quarterback Jake Mullin passed for 448 yards and three touchdowns in leading McMurry University to a 36-35 come-from-behind victory over Southern Arkansas University in the inaugural CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl at Bulldawg Stadium. Mullin was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

The War Hawks (8-3), playing their first bowl game in 63 years, had to battle back late to overtake the Muleriders (8-3), after SAU tallied to go ahead, 35-28 with just 3:12 left the play. That’s when Mullin went to work.

On the final series, Mullin threw nine-consecutive passes – completing five – as the McM squad moved from their own 25. The drive culminated with a 10-yard TD strike to Clinton McCoy in the middle of the end zone to cut the deficit to 35-34 with 1:02 left on the game clock.

That brought up decision time for the War Hawks.

McM head coach Hal Mumme elected to go for the two-point conversion. Mullin hit Joshua Chatman in the corner of the end zone to put McM ahead, 36-35.

But the action was far from over.

SAU returned the ensuing kickoff all the way back to the McMurry 37 with just under a minute left to play. The Muleriders eventually drove down the McM 22 yard line and were faced with a 4th-and-15. SAU elected to go for a 39 yard field goal with :24 seconds showing on the clock.

The field goal never gained altitude and was blocked by the War Hawks, as the team took a knee to run out the clock and preserve the win.

Mullin was 46-of-66 passing. Greg Livingston caught a McMurry game-record 18 passes, good for 137 yards. Clinton McCoy had 12 grabs for a game-high 162 yards, while Jeret Smith made 10 catches for 117 yards. All three had TD catches, as well.

Defensively, Cory Pippen had a game-high 13 tackles and a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter. Desmond Guy and Ryan Williams had 10 tackles, apiece.

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