La GRANDE, Ore. (AP) – John Barnett passed for 218 yards and rushed for 22 yards and two short-yardage scores Saturday in Carroll College’s 28-7 victory over Eastern Oregon.
Shawn Holland forced a fumble on a punt return and Travis Schmidt recovered the ball at the Mountaineers’ 19-yard line. Barnett scored on a quarterback keeper.
The Saints took a 10-0 lead on a 24-yard field goal by Marcus Miller after being stopped on third down at the EOU 2.
A long run by Travis Morschek got Eastern Oregon into Carroll territory. Three plays later, the Mountaineers were on the Carroll 12, setting up for a field goal. After the snap, quarterback Ian O’Brien picked up the ball and threw to Adam Donnelly for a touchdown, the first time this season anyone has scored a touchdown against the second-ranked Saints (8-0, 7-0 Frontier).
Carroll went into the game as the only team among more than 400 NCAA and NAIA teams that hadn’t allowed a touchdown this season.
Miller added a 22-yard field goal with 2:23 left to give Carroll a 13-7 halftime lead.
Barnett scored Carroll’s next touchdown on a sneak on fourth-and-1 to give the Saints a 21-7 lead with 4:32 left in the third quarter, after a 2-point conversion by Marshall McEwen.
John Camino scored the final touchdown for the Saints, who controlled the time of possession 40 minutes to 20 and had 22 first downs to just six for EOU.
Brad Padayao had 185 yards in total offense for Eastern Oregon (1-7, 1-6). Morschek rushed five times for 60 yards.
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