The University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D., scored early and often on Saturday, defeating the Dragons 53-13.
The Marauders marched 80 yards down the field on 12 plays, ending with a 20-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Craig Bagnell to junior wide receiver Tyler Steffan for an early 7-0 lead over the Dragons. Steffan followed that with two more touchdown receptions to bring the lead to 21 points.
The Dragons responded, as senior quarterback Kevin Koch connected with senior wide receiver Kendall Hendon for a 14-yard touchdown pass bringing the halftime score to 21-7.
The Dragons came out strong in the second half as Koch found freshman running back Brandon Schell in the end zone for a 10-yard score.
The good times ended here for the Dragons, as Marauder senior running back Josh Murray scored three touchdowns in the second half, from distances of one, 48 and 65 yards. The Marauders scored the final 31 points of the game.
Bagnell completed 24 of 35 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns for the Marauders and Murray rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 carries. Steffan was on the receiving end of all four of Bagnell’s touchdown passes. He managed nine receptions for 123 yards. The Marauders racked up an impressive 683 total yards.
The Dragons, on the other hand, managed 259 total yards. Koch completed 22 of 44 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He also managed a club high 43 rushing yards. Hendon pulled in nine catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
The Dragons (2-7 overall, 1-7 in the conference) will host St. Cloud (Minn.) State at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
BY DANNY DETERMAN