FAYETTE, Iowa – Upper Iowa became the first team to trail the University of Mary this season before becoming the fourth team to rout the Marauders in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Upper Iowa quarterback Brent Lammers threw for 288 yards and three scores and ran for two touchdowns to lead the Peacocks to a 58-14 win on Thursday. The loss was U-Mary’s eighth straight over the last two seasons.
U-Mary turned the ball over four times, each leading to a TD. Farmer’s fumble with 9:50 to play was picked up by Beau Sorenson and returned 52 yards to make it 58-7.
“You’re not going to beat anybody turning the ball over that much,” U-Mary coach Josh Kotelnicki said. “The story of the game was the turnovers. We put the defense in a terrible spot. It’s unfortunate, I thought we were past that. I guess we learned some lessons the hard way.”
U-Mary gave up a Brady Beuschel 21-yard field goal after Upper Iowa’s first possession, then needed three plays to take the lead.
Colton Farmer, who completed two of eight passes for 62 yards and ran for 28 yards, found Tyson Carney all alone behind the secondary and hit him with a 56-yard pass that gave U-Mary (0-4) its first lead of the season at 7-3.
The euphoria lasted two plays before the Peacocks (3-1) scored the first six of 55 straight points on a 74-yard Lammers-to-Keagan pass. The Peacocks a 31-3 halftime lead. It was 58-7 before the Marauders scored again in the closing minutes.
Jarred Edmonds caught touchdown passes of 37 and 46 yards in the first half. He finished with eight catches for 160 points. Lammers completed 11 of 18 passes for 245 yards in the first half, which ended with the Peacocks rolling up 366 yards.
The Peacocks made it 17-7 when Ryan Parmely scored on a 9-yard run with 13:12 to play in the half to cap a 93-yard, 13-play drive. Parmely ran for 121 yards.
With 34 seconds left in the half, Farmer was intercepted by Jordan Wymer, who returned it to the U-Mary 37. On the next play, Lammers hit Edmonds for a touchdown and a 31-7 halftime lead.
Lammers followed that with an option keeper that went for a 14-yard TD to cap and eight-ply, 83-yard scoring drive with 6:06 left in the third quarter.
U-Mary fumbled on the ensuing possession and the Peacocks went 18 yards on four plays for a score. Lammers scored again on a 3-yard run with :29 left in the third quarter.
“If you take out the turnovers, we feel a lot better about a lot of things,” Kotelnicki said. “That’s the thing that leaves a terrible taste. Offensive players and coaches have to take responsibility.”
Even when things went right for U-Mary, they went wrong. Quarterback Garrett Weissinger ran a keeper 65 yards for a touchdown after a fake handoff but the play was called back due to an inadvertent whistle and Weissinger was given a 10-yard gain.
But the Marauders still reached the end zone on Devin Hope’s 12-yard TD run. Hope ran for 92 yards on 22 carries.
U-Mary came into the game averaging eight points a game. It rushed for 240 yards and got 62 through the air.
U-Mary plays host to Minot State on Sept. 30 as it begins play in the North Division.