MAGNOLIA, Ark. – Preston Haire tied a school record with four touchdown passes in a 56-27 loss at Southern Arkansas Saturday night.
The redshirt freshman quarterback connected for scores twice with Cagney Roberson and once each with Noah McGraw and Stephan Turner. Haire established a new NCAA-era high for the Bison with the four TD passes and tied Blake Woodard for the school record. Woodard accomplished the feat four times in 2014.
OBU trailed 28-0 before Haire took over for the Bison. On his first drive, he guided the offense down the field with 16-yard passes to both Roberson and Alex Lewis.
Roberson went up and pulled in a pass in the end zone from 23 yards away to get the Bison on the scoreboard, capping a six-play, 70-yard drive. The PAT kick was blocked and OBU trailed 28-6 with 9:45 left in the first half.
Down 35-6, the Bison scored again on a 11-play, 40-yard march with Noah McGraw fighting through contact to make a catch in the end zone. Luke Wendl added the PAT kick to make it 35-13 with 39 seconds remaining in the half.
OBU scored on its initial drive of the second half, going 75 yards on four plays. Haire passed to Josh Pettijohn for 38 yards and Roberson back-peddled into the end zone for a 24-yard scoring pass to make it 35-20.
The Bison went 57 yards on six plays, including a 22-yard pass from Haire to McGraw before Haire and Turner had their touchdown. Haire stopped from rolling right and found Turner open on the left for the 18-yard touchdown. OBU trailed 49-27 with 10:48 left in the game.
Haire was 19 of 37 passing for 249 yards. Lewis had five receptions for 63 yards and Roberson added 69 yards on four catches.
Myle Russell led the Bison defensively with 12 tackles with Josh Arnold adding 10.