Florence, Ala. - Harding gained 430 total yards and the University of North Alabama lost four turnovers as the Lions dropped their 2012 home-opener 31-10 to the Bisons at Braly Stadium in front of a crowd of 10,872.
Harding held a 14-3 halftime lead but UNA closed the gap to 14-10 early in the third quarter. It was all Harding after that as the Bisons would score three more times over the final two periods for the 21-point win.
With the loss, UNA drops to 1-1 overall while Harding is 1-0. It was the Lions first home game since the return of Bobby Wallace as head coach.
The loss was UNA’s first regular-season loss to a non-Gulf South Conference team since a loss in the 2002 season-opener at Samford. It snapped a 19-game regular season winning streak against non-GSC schools.
UNA struck first with a 39-yard Michael Schuster field goal at the 5:58 mark of the first quarter. Harding answered with a three-play, 29-yard TD drive after a UNA turnover to take a 7-3 lead. Kelvin Martin scored on a 19-yard run and John Gay’s PAT gave the Bisons a four-point lead at the 1:20 mark of the first quarter.
Harding’s Donatella Luckett pulled in a 41-yard TD pass from Martin at the 8:26 mark of the second period and Gay kicked the extra-point to make it 14-3.
UNA’s Lamonte Thompson took a pitch around right end and went 38 yards for a touchdown at 13:05 of the third quarter and Schuster’s PAT closed the gap to 14-10. After a defensive stop, the Lions were again driving into Harding territory when they lost another fumble. Harding scored just over a minute later as Luckett took a swing pass from Martin and went 60 yards to the end zone. Gay’s kick made it 21-10.
Ahmad Scott scored on a five-yard run at 12:46 of the fourth quarter to make it 28-10 and Gay booted a 23-yard field goal with 4:19 left in the game to make the final count 31-10.
Harding had 430 yards of total offense with 282 rushing and 148 passing. The Bisons lost two fumbles and threw one interception. UNA had 173 yards rushing and just 19 yards passing. UNA’s quarterbacks were just five-of-18 passing.
Thompson led UNA’s offensive efforts with 85 yards rushing on 11 carries. Caleb Massey had 14 tackles for UNA and forced a fumble.
The Lions host Kentucky Christian on Sept. 15 at Braly Stadium at 6 p.m.
Courtesy UNA Media Relations