GEORGETOWN, TX (KWTX) The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders began the rout of Southwestern with defense, then ran away from the Pirates with offense in a 44-10 victory Saturday evening.
UMHB's 19th consecutive victory was also head coach Pete Fredenburg's 200th career victory. The only head coach in the history of Crusaders football has lost just 38 times since taking over in Belton 20 years ago.
The Cru (4-0, 3-0 American Southwest Conference) opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 39-yard field goal by John Mowery.
Later in the quarter, UMHB's Ajay Fanene forced a fumble from Southwestern, who could only watch as Kris Brown didn't skip a beat while recovering the ball and racing 25 yards for the first touchdown of the game.
Leading 9-0 in the second quarter, the Cru returned another fumble for a touchdown. Brazos Fuller knocked the ball free before Tevin Jones corralled it and sprinted 93 yards.
The Cru broke it open in the second half with two touchdown passes (56 and 59 yards) from Kyle Jones to T.J. Josey on back-to-back possessions.
Jones, who set a school record with 397 passing yards, also added touchdown strikes to Bryce Wilkerson (9 yards) and Demetrius Taylor (61 yards).
No. 1 UMHB will attempt to stay undefeated next week in Abilene against the No. 6 Hardin Simmons Cowboys, who won a slugfest with East Texas Baptist Saturday night 80-42.