C-SC unable to move ball efficiently in suffering second straight road loss to open season

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MARSHALL, Mo. — Struggles offensively led to the Culver-Stockton College football team suffering its second consecutive road loss to open the season.

The Wildcats managed just 60 yards rushing and amassed just 268 total yards in a 28-7 loss to Missouri Valley College on Saturday night at Gregg-Mitchell Field.

C-SC played without starting quarterback Brock Nellor, who served a one-game suspension for being ejected in last week’s season opener at Mount Marty. Houston Swan started at quarterback, but freshman Carson Vandello took over on the Wildcats’ third offensive series.

Vandello completed 20 of 44 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown, connecting with Slayton Ochoa on a 10-yard scoring play in the second quarter that trimmed the Vikings’ lead to 14-7 at halftime.

On fourth and goal, Vandello connected with Ochoa at the 5-yard line. Ochoa avoided one defender and then beat a second defender to the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. He finished with six receptions for 50 yards.

Missouri Valley amassed 389 yards of total offense, including 147 yards on the ground.

C-SC is scheduled to play its home opener at 6 p.m. next Saturday against Central Methodist University at Ellison Poulton Stadium.

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