UW-L's offense showed signs of life on Saturday, but ultimately was overshadowed by another elite program in Mary Hardin-Baylor, falling to the Crusaders 43-10 in Texas.
The Eagles (1-2) finished with 148 yards passing, nearly twice as many from the week before against St. Thomas.
John Tackett and Andrew Thompson split time at quarterback, just as they did a year ago against Mary Hardin-Baylor. Tackett was 7-of-13 for 98 yards and a touchdown. Thompson completed three of his seven passes for 50 yards.
Fourth-ranked Hardin-Baylor (3-0) was held to just three points in the opening quarter, but broke through with 24 points in the next 15 minutes to lead 27-3 at halftime. Five different Crusaders scored a rushing touchdown, as the Hardin-Baylor offense racked up 586 yards of total offense.
In the third quarter, Tackett found Joel Oxton for a 25-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 40-10. Oxton finished with two catches for 62 yards.
Austin Mancosky was the Eagles' leading rusher with 32 yards on 12 carriers.
UW-L has a bye next week before traveling to UW-River Falls on Saturday, October 3 to open WIAC play.