Bryan Bennett Makes FCS Debut, Rushes for Three Touchdowns

Bryan Bennett
Bryan Bennett on the sidelines against Arkansas State (Alex Shoemaker/Eugene Daily News)
Bryan Bennett
Bryan Bennett on the sidelines against Arkansas State
(Alex Shoemaker/Eugene Daily News)

In his first game since transferring from Oregon to Southeastern Louisiana, quarterback Bryan Bennett led the Lions to a big 45-7 win over Southeastern Missouri State. Bennett had 278 yards of total offense to himself and ran for three touchdowns, throwing 9-for-15 without giving up a pick.

Bennett played a backup role in Eugene for the last two years, seeing some action when Darron Thomas went down in 2011 and battling with redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota for the starting job last year. When he lost the job to the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in Mariota, he came close to deciding to transfer, but he ended up staying one more year in Eugene. He racked up 6 touchdowns rushing last year and 3 passing touchdowns against 3 interceptions, when playing mostly in blowouts.

He made the decision after last year to go ahead and transfer with Mariota fully entrenched as the starter coming into this season.

Southeastern Louisiana started with the ball and ended its first drive with Bennett’s first touchdown. After SE Missouri State scored to make the game 14-7, Bennett’s squad rattled off 31 straight points to run away with a 45-7 win.

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Franklin Bains, contributing sports writer for EDN, writes about Ducks volleyball, Eugene prep sports and Pac-12 football, as well as some odds and ends in Oregon sports. Previously wrote for the Oregon Daily Emerald. Bains writes a weekly Pac-12 recap, and his favorite place in the spring might just be the PK Park press box.

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