Lindenwood University football wraps up season with a win


Photo by Ben Blizzard

Members of Lindenwood’s defense line up at the line of scrimmage, preparing for a snap by the McKendree Bearcats.

Joshua Calloni and Ben Blizzard

Lindenwood University wrapped up its 2022 football season with a 63-35 win over McKendree University on Saturday, Nov.12.

The Lions got out to a quick start in the first quarter as quarterback Cade Brister connected with fellow wide receiver Payton Rose for a 15-yard touchdown. After allowing a seven-pointer to McKendree, the Lions struck again in the first quarter, as Brister scored on a seven-yard rushing touchdown.

After allowing an initial score to open the second quarter, the Lions put up 21 unanswered points over the Bearcats. The first of which came with another Brister rushing touchdown, this time a one-yarder, to give the Lions a 21-14 lead. Brister responded again on the next Lions drive, scoring his third rushing touchdown of the game before halftime, this one being his longest, at 19 yards, making it a 28-14 game. The third score of the quarter came as Brister once again connected with a 13-yard touchdown pass, making the score 35-14 as the game went to halftime.

Much like the second quarter, the Lions allowed a rushing touchdown to the Bearcats but responded back with Brister finding Rose for the third time in the game, connecting on a 10-yard pass to score 42-21. The Bearcats again responded with a 61-yard rushing touchdown. The Lions scored once more before the conclusion of the third, as running back Andrew Martin found the end zone for the first time in the game, moving the score to 48-28.

In the final quarter, McKendree opened with another touchdown, their final score of the game, making it a 48-35 game. The Lions scored their first of two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on a five-yard rush from offensive lineman Blake Rogenhofer, which moved the score to a 55-35 game. To conclude the scoring for Lindenwood, Martin scored again, this time with a two-yard rush, to move the score to 63-35, which is where it was finalized.

To finish out the season, Lindenwood went 7-3, with a 1-3 record within the Ohio Valley Conference. This put them fifth in the final conference standings, behind Southeast Missouri State, UT Martin, Tennessee Tech, and Tennessee State.