UMHB's Derek WIlliamson returns opening kickoff 98 yard for TD (Photo Credit: Tammy Kelley)
UMHB’s Derek WIlliamson returns opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. (Photo Credit: Tammy Kelley)

BELTON, TX – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor scored on the opening kickoff and never looked back as the second-ranked Crusaders rolled to a 49-7 victory over Trinity University (TX) on Saturday night at Crusader Stadium in Belton.

Junior kick returner Derek Williamson raced 98 yards for a game opening touchdown to give the Cru a 7-0 lead just 13 seconds into the game, the second longest in UMHB history.

UMHB rolled up 446 yards of total offense in the victory including 316 yards in the ground game led by junior Caleb Moore, starting for injured running back Elijah Hudson, with 108 rushing yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.  Sophomore quarterback Zach Anderson was 11 of 18 passing for 103 yards and 3 scores.

The Cru defense held Trinity to minus 5 rushing yards and 204 total yards while forcing three turnovers in the game.

“The defense obviously did a nice job of stopping Trinity’s stuff tonight,” UMHB head coach Pete Fredenburg said, “I’m really encouraged by our defensive line and our secondary is getting better.”

Senior defensive back Cody Jones had seven tackles to lead the UMHB defense and junior defensive back Eric Allen added five stops and intercepted two passes.

“On the second one, I knew it was coming,” Allen said, “I knew it was going to be the out route, so I beat him to the ball. The first one came straight to me.”

The Cru improves to 5-0 overall with the victory and UMHB has now won 39 consecutive regular season games. The loss drops the Tigers to 3-2 on the season.

UMHB will have an open week next week before returning to action with a 1:00 PM kickoff against Louisiana College on October 19th at Crusader Stadium in Belton.  The game will be broadcast on Townsquare Media’s KLTD-FM, K101.7, with pre-game show set for 12:30 pm with Jon Wallin and George Haffner.