3-And-Out: UCA Bears Eye SE Louisiana After Resting Roughed-Up Line

by Lee Hogan  on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 1:25 pm  

Receiver Jesse Grandy has come on strong for UCA in recent games. (Photo by Lee Hogan)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

I. Going Through The Motions

The game was never in doubt Saturday night, but No.14 Central Arkansas wasn't at its best in a 24-14 victory over the Lamar Cardinals at Estes Stadium.

UCA (6-2, 4-1 Southland Conference) held the ball for just over six minutes in the second half, running 16 plays total. Meanwhile, the Cardinals had the ball for over 22 minutes in the second half. UCA was unable to get the Lamar offense off the field, giving up six of 10 third-down conversions, and two fourth-down conversions, in the second half. Lamar had two drives over seven minutes long, both resulting in touchdowns.

Coach Clint Conque was unhappy with the team’s performance in the second half, but vowed this week would be a different story.

“Our players will be prepared next week,” Conque said after the game. “They will have a great plan and we will have these young men prepared to play next week, because the challenges get a little more difficult.”

After a weekend to mull over the film and the victory, Conque was more upbeat at Monday’s weekly Bearbackers luncheon, but still called his team’s performance “uninspired.”

“[The players] recognize we could play a little better, and we’ve got to coach a little better,” he said. “I’ve got to make sure all that happens. That’s my responsibility.”

Even though the Bears didn’t have their best game, the victory keeps them entrenched in the Southland Conference championship race heading into this weekend’s game against conference-leading Southeastern Louisiana (3-4, 3-0) in Hammond, La.

The current Football Championship Subdivision playoffs bracket projection from Craig Haley of The Sports Network has UCA receiving a first-round bye, and hosting a second-round game Dec. 1 at Estes Stadium.

Conque said the players realize the significance the game has for the rest of this season.

“We’re right where we want to be,” Conque said. “Where you hope you’ll be, but you’re not guaranteed this every year, so we’ve got to do a good job in preparation.”

II. A Blessing In Disguise

 

 

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