2016 Live United Bowl Results

The Live United Texarkana Bowl is a college football bowl game played annually in Texarkana, Arkansas between teams from NCAA Division II.  It is one of only three NCAA Division II sanctioned bowl games, the other two are the Mineral Water Bowl and the C.H.A.M.P.S., Heart of Texas Bowl.  Profits from the game are donated to the United Way of Greater Texarkana.  The game selection committee selects one team form the Great American Conference and one from either the Lone Star Conference or the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

 

After The University of Central Oklahoma Broncos scored midway through the first quarter, Southwest Oklahoma State University Bulldogs scored on back-to-back drives to take a 14-7 lead on a four-yard touchdown pass from Marc Evans to Carlos Smith with 13:34 to play in the first half. UCO scored the next 21 points, including one touchdown after a controversial and confusing play that left the Bronchos with possession following a deflected punt that was recovered by UCO.

 

The Bronchos took a 28-14 lead on a one-yard touchdown run from Clay McKenzie with 1:45 to play in the half, but that left enough time for the Dawgs to get back on the board. Evans threw seven passes on the Bulldogs next drive, eventually finding Teverick Boyd on fourth and four from the 11-yard line for a touchdown with 33 seconds to play to take the game to halftime with SWOSU trailing 28-21.

 

Halftime adjustments on both sides enabled the defenses to dominate the second half, which saw just three points scored before UCO scored the clinching touchdown with 94 seconds to play.

 

SWOSU had their chances to score but turnovers cost them twice in the red zone. After the Bulldogs had marched to the UCO 19, Karltrell Henderson mishandled a hand off from Evans and the Bronchos pounced on top to halt the Bulldogs with 12:14 to play in the game. SWOSU’s defense was up to the task, however, as George Woods forced a fumble that Collier Ward jumped on top of to get the Bulldogs back in business deep in UCO territory.

 

On the ensuing play, however, Marc Evans pass intended for D.J. Jones in the back of the end zone was intercepted by UCO’s Cody Jones, ending another Bulldog threat. SWOSU’s defense again forced a punt and got the ball back, but the Bronchos punt went out of bounds at the SWOSU one-yard line, backing the Dawgs up for a drive that ended as a three-and-out. After SWOSU punted, UCO needed six plays to cover 58 yards and score the final touchdown, which put the final margin at 38-21.

 

SWOSU finished with 390 yards of total offense, most of which came through the air as Evans finished 30-for-46 passing for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Carlos Smith was his top receiver, set a Live United Texarkana Bowl record with nine receptions and a touchdown while Jones had eight receptions for 112 yards as he set a new Great American Conference single-season record for all-purpose yardage.

 

The Bulldogs defense finished with six sacks and 10 tackles for loss, with Conner Bays leading the way with 10 tackles, giving him 115 for his junior season, the second-best single-season tackle total at SWOSU in the NCAA era. Tyler George added nine stops while Trevon Hartfield and Austin Loomis had eight apiece. Collier Wardsecured two tackles and a fumble recovery in his final game as a Bulldog while fellow seniors Jake Doyle and Tanner Thompson also notched a sack.

 

The loss concludes a breakthrough season by the Bulldog football team, as they won eight games and made the postseason for the first time as members of NCAA after being picked to finish eighth in the GAC preseason. Dan Cocannouer – the GAC Coach of the Year – directed the Bulldogs to their best season since 1996 and he finishes his seventh season at the helm of his alma mater with 29 victories, needing one more to tie for sixth on the all-time wins list at SWOSU.

With the popularity of the Live United Bowl growing year by year a Title sponsor has arrived.  In a news conference held Tuesday a the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce Dean Barry of Dean Barry Insurance has secured a three year position as the title sponsor of the event.  The Live United Chairman Allen Brown has announced that Mr. Barry has obtained the naming rights with a $75,000 3-year commitment.  Barry told the crowd that he considers the bowl game a positive step for Texarkana.  “As you know I was born and raised her, and Texarkana has been great to me and my family and I just decided to want to do something more for this,” said Barry.

Brown said, “th first thing they are going to do with the money is spend $5000 to promote the next game.

Congratulations to the staff and the supporters of The Live United Bowl for a job well done.  Your efforts certainly give you the Competitive Edge in Texarkana.

 

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