Northern Colorado beats Houston Baptist 45-13

HOUSTON (AP) – Gene Sledge Jr. ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter, Conor Martin passed for two touchdowns in the third quarter, and Northern Colorado scored a 45-13 win over the Houston Baptist on Saturday night.

Sledge’s TD runs of 11 and 4 yards led the Bears (1-1) to a 14-0 lead. The Huskies (0-2) responded with a pair of Gino Garcia field goals in the second quarter, but Aaron Harris returned an interception 33 yards to make it 21-6 at halftime.

Martin and Darren DeLaCroix scored a 57-yard score early in the third quarter, and after a field goal from Ben Raybon, Martin turned a 4-yard TD pass to Jonah Morris to make 38-6.

Northern Colorado had an advantage of 391-266 on overall offense, which made the difference in ground play. Sledge had 84 yards and Jullen Ison, who added a TD for the fourth quarter, added 65 on just six carries.

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