Truman Explodes Early For A Blowout Win Over McKendree To Set Up A Showdown At Indy Next Week

Truman scored 21 points on their first five plays and blew away McKendree 52-7 on a windy day at Stokes Stadium today (Sat.). It was the Bulldogs 8th straight victory, which is the longest since the 1994 NCAA Playoff team.

After a three-and-out on the Bearcats first possession, the ‘Dogs offense wasted no time going to work….

Brad Boyer with the call on Superstation KRES and Fayette native Isaiah Estes picked off Division 2’s leading passer, Turner Pullen, on the next McKendree possession and returned it to the 13 yard line. Quarterback Nolan Hair scrambled in from nine yards out to cash in on the turnover. After another three-and-out and punt into the wind, Griffith found the endzone again…

A Garrett Ross 26-yard field goal made it a 24-point first quarter. In the second quarter, the Bulldogs’ second quarterback Collin Sutton scored on a 36-yard run, Hair connected with Matt Hall of Columbia for his 13th career TD reception on Senior Day, and Griffith collected his third touchdown run from the two-yard line to make the halftime score 45-0.

Pullen came into the game averaging 340 yards passing per game and McKendree was 8th in scoring, but the ‘Cats were limited to 192 yards through the air and one touchdown, which came with 30-seconds left. Bulldog coach Gregg Nesbitt applauded the defensive effort….

For the second week in a row, Truman set the program’s GLVC-era rushing record with 423 yards. Griffith led the way with 165 yards, averaging 11 yards a carry. Mason Huskey of Hallsville had four carries for 30 yards. The Bulldogs averaged eight yards a carry…..

Truman will play at Indianapolis next Saturday for the GLVC championship and a berth in the NCAA Playoffs. Both teams are 8-1 and 5-0 in the conference. You can hear the game on KRES starting at 1:15. McKendree drops to 5-5 and 2-4 in the league. You can hear the postgame interview with Nesbitt with this story at

postgame with Gregg Nesbitt….