BY DIXON LAND
The Tigers overcame a 14-3 deficit in the first half to defeat the Harding Bisons 26-21 at Cliff Harris Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Barkley Legens sacked Harding quarterback Park Parish in the end zone on fourth down as the Bisons ran out of downs trailing 24-21.
Austin Warford found Jonathan Powell from seven yards out to give Ouachita the go-ahead score with 1:40 remaining in the game. That was the only score for the Tigers in the second half.
Harding scored the first two touchdowns of the game coming off runs from quarterback Park Parish from one-yard and from Eric Simmons from 10-yards out.
Brandon Marks responded with a score from two yards out, capping off a five-play, 35-yard drive.
Cole Antley scored the first points of the game on a 32-yard field goal.
Ouachita recorded 194 yards in the first half, with 129 yards coming off 24 rushes. Kris Oliver recorded just 59 yards on 11 carries. Marks added nine rushes for 54 yards.
Warford was completed six of nine passes for 65 yards.
Harding recorded 246 yards in the first half. 211 yards came on the ground.
Ouachita finished the game with 375 yards of total offense—222 yards on the ground. They averaged 5.6 yards-per-play.
Warford completed 12 of 17 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown in the game. He also rushed 17 times for 96 yards and a touchdown.
Ke’Vontae Pope had six receptions for 53 yards.
Marks finished the day with 16 carries for 74 yards and a score.
Devin Price led the Tigers in tackles, recording 12.
The Tigers (3-1) will play Arkansas Tech in Russellville next Saturday. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.