OTTAWA, Kan. – The Southwestern College football team put up one of its best defensive efforts against Ottawa in the last eight years Saturday afternoon. But Ottawa's defense pitched its second-straight shutout against the Moundbuilders in a 17-0 win at Peoples Bank Field in Ottawa.
Southwestern (2-7, 2-5 KCAC) held Ottawa (5-3, 5-2 KCAC) to just one field goal in the first half, but the Moundbuilder offensive unit was limited to just 95 total yards as the Braves were able to overcome three interceptions to hold on for the 17-0 win.
How it Happened…
-Southwestern held Ottawa off the scoreboard for each of its first three possessions in Saturday's contest. The Braves finally broke a scoreless contest with a 27 yard field goal early in the second quarter, and took a 3-0 lead that held through the halftime intermission.
-Ottawa took advantage of a Moundbuilder miscue to score its first touchdown of the contest. Southwestern had forced the Braves to punt from their own end zone, but Dalton Swindale couldn't field the punt cleanly, and Ottawa recovered at midfield. Four plays later, Ottawa struck on a 17-yard touchdown pass to push its lead to 10-0 with 6:01 remaining in the third quarter.
-The Braves scored their final touchdown of the day in the final minute of the contest. A 28-yard run on third down gave Ottawa the 17-0 run it went on to win by.
Inside the Box Score…
-Southwestern was limited to just 95 total offensive yards in Saturday's game. The Moundbuilders ran the ball 27 times for 37 total yards, and completed nine of 19 passing attempts for 68 yards. Southwestern's quarterbacks were sacked five times.
-Marcus Bradford achieved 36 yards and 11 carries to lead the Moundbuilders, while Brady Keith carried six times for 19 yards.
-Christian Gordon was the only quarterback to attempt a pass in the game. The freshman completed nine of his 19 attempts for 68 yards.
-Eric Walker anchored the Moundbuilder defense, which held Ottawa to nearly 150 yards below its season average. Walker finished the game with 15 tackles (nine solo, six assist), and added a pair of interceptions which were returned for a total of 15 yards. Ka'Darius McQueen and Devin McLelland added nine tackles each.
-Ottawa's 17 points was the fewest allowed by the Moundbuilders since the 2007 season, when Southwestern defeated the Braves, 28-14, in Winfield. Ottawa had averaged 49.5 points per game against the Moundbuilders in its previous eight meetings.
Saturday's loss drops Southwestern to 2-7 on the season, and 2-5 against Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents. The Moundbuilders will return to action Saturday, hosting the Spires of the University of Saint Mary for Senior Day. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Richard L. Jantz Stadium in Winfield.