Things started out well for Missouri S&T Oct. 3 in its visit to Central Arkansas, but the Division I foe took control of the contest in the middle two quarters and went on to a 45-10 win over the Miners.
Missouri S&T led after the first quarter of play, but the Bears scored 38 unanswered points during the second and third quarters to pull away for the victory.
The Miners scored on their opening possession for the first time this season, driving 65 yards on a drive that culminated in a 26-yard field goal by Joe Drahos just under five minutes into play.
S&T's score was set up by a 41-yard pass play from Jason Schlueter to Clay Kinman on a third-and-5 to put the Miners into scoring position.
The Miner defense followed that effort by the offense by getting a three-and-out to get the ball back to the offense.
S&T drove from the shadows of its own goal posts to the UCA 35, but failed to convert a fourth down opportunity to keep the drive going.
Off that missed chance, the momentum of the game shifted as the Bears scored on three straight possessions to give them a 21-3 lead that they would take to the locker room.
Leonard Caesar put UCA in front at the 11:28 mark of the second period on a one-yard scoring run, then the Bears got touchdowns from James Lovett on a 5-yard pass from Robbie Park and a 9-yard scoring run from Brent Grimes.
UCA extended its halftime margin in the first six minutes of the third quarter as Park threw two more scoring passes, a screen pass that Anthony Blackmon took for a score and another scoring strike to Lovett that covered 54 yards.
Eddie Carmona added a 26-yard field goal before the period ended to increase the lead to 38-3.
The Miners got back on the scoreboard at the 9:47 mark of the fourth quarter when reserve quarterback Steve Watson connected with Marterricus Thomas for an 18-yard scoring pass. However, the Bears answered back just two plays after they got the ball back when Grimes raced 40 yards for what turned out to be the final score of the evening.
Central Arkansas held a 397-223 advantage in total yards, running for 203 and passing for 194.
Three of UCA's touchdown drives covered less than 50 yards.
The Miners did get 55 yards on 16 carries from Curterris Golden, while Schlueter and Watson combined to completed 11-of-18 passes for 130 yards.
Eight different receivers caught passes for S&T, with Thomas, Kevin Dillon and David Kavish catching two apiece.
Steve Edwards led the S&T defense with 10 tackles and also intercepted a pass to halt a Bear drive late in the first half.
The Miners (0-5) will wrap up their three-game road trip Oct. 10 with a game against Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Game time will be at 1 p.m.