Harding Football wins big over Shepherd Tech

From Harding University

Harding compiled more than 500 total yards, scored three defensive touchdowns and set a school record for points in a 75-0 victory over Shepherd Tech on Thursday at First Security Stadium. It was the first of five straight non-conference games for the Bisons before returning to Great American Conference play on Oct. 22 against Southwestern Oklahoma.

Harding (2-1), who played ever healthy player on its active roster, scored a school-record 10 touchdowns and had 17 points or more in each quarter. Shepherd Tech (0-3), only in its third season as a collegiate program, lost for the third straight time to open the season.

Offensively, Harding used five different quarterbacks in the game and had 16 different players with at least one rush. The Bisons compiled 458 rushing yards on 52 carries and scored six rushing touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Romo Westbrook led the team with 71 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Harding's defense limited Shepherd Tech to -6 rushing yards on 32 carries. The Eagles had only 15 total yards, the fewest ever by a Harding opponent. Last season Harding set the previous record when it held Lambuth to 17 total yards. The Bisons had 15 tackles for loss by 15 different players.

In the second quarter, Harding junior Terrence Davis had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown. Redshirt freshmen Romas Robertson and Gabe Garner both had fumble returns for touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Harding kicker Eddy Carmona hit his first two field goals of the season, including a career-best 52 yarder in the third quarter. It was tied for the third-longest field goal in program history and the first of 50 yards or more since Coy Nance hit a 50-yarder in 2001.

Harding plays its next two games on the road beginning next Saturday at nationally-ranked North Alabama