LIBERTY, Mo. – The sixth-ranked UIndy football team (9-0, 6-0 GLVC) earned a share of the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 42-3 rout of host William Jewell (1-8, 1-5) Saturday afternoon. More impressively, the Greyhounds broke a pair of long-standing program records by starting the season with nine straight wins and upping its overall winning streak to 13.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After giving up a field goal on the game’s opening drive, the UIndy defense did not allow a single point the rest of the way. The Hound came into the week coming off back-to-back shutouts and have now outscored their last three opponents by a combined 142-3.
Meanwhile, the UIndy offense scored a touchdown on its first possession on the way to a 14-3 lead at half, and later amassed four TDs in the second half to pull away. Freshman running back Al McKeller went for 134 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while senior Garrett Willis compiled 90 receiving yards on six grabs, including pair of TD catches.
Senior Andrew Walker had the biggest stat of the day, however, as he became the fifth-ever Greyhound to surpass 3,000 career rushing yards.
Junior defensive lineman Erik Hart, who earned his first career start Saturday, finished with a team-high seven tackles as well as a sack-fumble and recovery.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Jewell’s first-quarter field goal broke a string of nine consecutive scoreless quarters for UIndy opponents.
– The Greyhounds did not punt all game for the first time in three years.
– McKeller notched his fourth 100-yard-rushing in his young career.
– Tuwan Payton (28-yard rush) and Malik Higgins (five-yard reception) each had a second-half touchdown.
– Jake Purichia continued first stellar play at quarterback, finishing 19 for 22 passing for 210 yards, three touchdowns and zero picks.
UIndy has now won at least a share of the GLVC title in five of the six seasons since the league began sponsoring football in 2012 … The two records mentioned in the opening paragraph had stood for more than 60 years until Saturday. The Greyhounds’ previous best start to a season came in 1953 when the team won all eight of its games to complete the program’s one and only undefeated season. Also, the 1954 club won its first four games to set the previous mark of longest winning streak at 12 … At nearly 500 miles campus to campus, this week’s trek to William Jewell College represents the longest road trip on the 2017 regular season schedule … Today was Senior Day for Jewell.
The Greyhounds return home for their final two regular-season contests, starting with a match-up with Missouri S&T Saturday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. ET.