The Missouri S&T Miners defeated the McKendree Bearcats on Saturday in a wild 51-50 game.

The Missouri S&T Miners defeated the McKendree Bearcats on Saturday in a wild 51-50 game. S&T was coming off an overtime loss to Lindenwood.

The Miners began the wild scoring contest with Deshawn Jone who scored with 13:07 in the first on a 1-yard run. The Bearcats scored with 4:35 left in the period to tie the game up. Payton McAlister caught a 33-yard pass from Brennon Simms less than a minute later. The Bearcats scored on the very next drive as they connected for a 75-yard touchdown pass and the Miners and Bearcats were tied at 14 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was all S&T as Jones and Aaron Maya both ran in touchdowns for the Miners. Logan Armonstrout stepped in as a quarterback with 1:31 in the half to connect with Austin Griffin on a 40-yard pass. The Miners blanked McKendree 21-0 in the period to gain a 35-14 halftime lead.

McKendree began their comeback by scoring on just two plays and a 3-yard run with 12:43 left in the third quarter. Ben Styron connected on a 33-yard field goal to pad the Miner lead. The Bearcats had other plans, though, when they ran in another touchdown with five minutes left in the period. The Miner’s lead was cut to 38-28 going in the final frame.

Jones ran in his third touchdown of the game to start the final quarter after a 3-play drive to give S&T a 44-28 advantage. The Bearcats ran back a 98-yard kickoff return from Michael Smith to cut the game back to two scores. Turner Pullen connected to Matt Cole just four minutes later to cut the S&T lead to one score. McKendree ran in a 12-yard touchdown with 6:28 left to tie the game at 44.

S&T’s McAlister scored on a 47-yard pass from Luke Hertzler with 3:47 remaining. The Bearcats had one final strike when Pullen scored on a quarterback keeper after a 68-yard, 11-play drive. The ensuing 2-point conversion was swatted away by the Miner defense to give S&T a 51-50 win.

The Miners had 510 yards of offense and McKendree added 457 of their own. Both teams had almost 1,000 yards in the game. The Miners has 283 yards from four different quarterbacks and three of them had a touchdown.

McAlister had 1-yard receiving touchdown while Griffin had another in the game. Jones scored three times while Maya added a rushing touchdown of his own.