CLEVELAND, Miss. – Wes Holland rushed for 129 yards and the University of North Alabama defense held one of the nation’s top offenses to just seven points as the Lions defeated Delta State 31-7 in a key Gulf South Conference battle.
The win keeps UNA, 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the GSC, in the running in the conference race and snaps a two-game losing skid for the Lions. Delta State falls to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the GSC.
Delta State entered the game averaging 34.5 points per game but could manage just one score against North Alabama’s defense, which leads the NCAA Division II allowing just 8.12 points per game. Only one team in nine games this season has scored more than one touchdown against the Lions.
North Alabama built a 14-0 halftime lead and then forced three DSU turnovers in the second half on the way to the 24-point win.
UNA quarterback Lee Chapple was 19-for-28 in the game for 220 yards and a touchdown. Holland gained his 129 yards on 12 carries and scored twice. The Lions picked up 426 total yards of offense using a balanced attack. UNA gained 220 passing and 206 on the ground. Delta State gained 379 total yards but the Statesmen lost a fumble, threw three interceptions and missed two field goal attempts.
UNA has now won seven of the last nine meetings in the series with Delta State since 2005. In those nine meetings, UNA has forced 32 DSU turnovers, while giving away just six for a +26 turnover margin.
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