Emporia State quarterback Braxton Marstall completed 30 of 36 passes for 435 yards with four touchdowns, leading ESU to a home-opening 45-13 victory over Nebraska-Kearney on Thursday night at Welch Stadium.
Lewis Dailey caught two touchdowns from Marstall, including a 61-yard score 40 seconds into the game. Jordan Jackson and Justin Brown also caught TDs from Marstall, who helped the Hornets (1-1) amass 520 yards of offense.
“I think Braxton getting off to a good start was important,” ESU coach Garin Higgins said in a postgame interview. “Once he got off to that good start and he got in a rhythm, he started playing with a lot of confidence. Any time you can have success early it does make it easier for a quarterback because he gets a lot more comfortable in running the offense.”
Dailey had six receptions for 119 yards and Brown caught eight passes for 92 yards. ESU linebacker Gabe Cleveland logged13 tackles.
FORT HAYS STATE 35, CENTRAL MISSOURI 6 — At Hays, Central Missouri was held out the end zone for the first time since 2011 in a dominating performance for Fort Hays State against the No. 13-ranked Mules.
Tigers’ quarterback Jacob Mezera threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns and Layne Bieberle had 107 yards receiving on four catches with two TDs as the Tigers improved to 2-0.
MISSOURI WESTERN 45, MISSOURI SOUTHERN 7 — At St. Joseph, Mo., Missouri Western’s Josh Caldwell rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns to help the Griffons even their record at 1-1.
Western opened up a 21-o lead by halftime and led 38-0 after three quarters.
LINDENWOOD 49, NORTHEASTERN STATE 10 — At St. Charles, Mo., Lindenwood gashed Northeastern State for a school-record 417 yards on the ground.
Shakeem Wharton led the way with 103 yards on 10 carries and a TD. Quarterback Najee Jackson threw for three touchdowns and rushed for 82 yards.