Brandon Bell rushed a career-high 26 times for 137 yards and a touchdown and Wade Hawkins completed 21 of 29 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns as the Menlo College football team earned a 30-22 victory over host Lindenwood-Belleville on Saturday afternoon in Illinois.
The Oaks scored on the opening drive of the contest, as Hawkins connected with Daniel Jones on a 33-yard scoring play, the culmination of a five-play, 75-yard drive.
Menlo's Jaden Rosselli intercepted a Lynx pass on the ensuing drive. That led to Bell's one-yartd run that gave the Oaks a 14-0 edge.
Michele Canali blocked Twan Brooks' punt, which bounced out of the end zone for a safety was blocked and scooted out the back of the end zone for a safety to extend Menlo's lead to 16-7.
The Oaks took a 23-14 lead into intermission after Michael Alexander caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Hawkins.
Hawkins and Robert Gehre connected on a 23 yard touchdown pass to cap a 10-play, 82 yard scoring drive.
James Yoder led all Menlo tacklers with eight tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss. Cameron Grad added seven tackles, half a sack and a tackle for loss.
Alexander had a break out day, pulling in 10 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.
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