Neither weather delays nor Demons could not deter the University of Central Arkansas Bears from their intended path Saturday night at Natchitoches, La.wa
In a game that was halted by two long weather delays, the Bears remained unbeaten in the Southland Conference race with a 45-17 victory over Northwestern State.
UCA had 536 yards in total offense and broke the game open with three straight touchdowns at the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third quarter after NSU had tied the game at 10.
Hayden Hildebrand, who completed 12 of 20 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns, broke the tie with a 57-yard pass to Roman Gordan. He had earlier connected with Gordon for an 81-yard touchdown. With 15 seconds left in the half, Carlos Blackman, who rushed for 130 yards on 23 carries, scored from the 2 to push the UCA lead to 24-10.
After a weather delay when the teams were coming out for the third quarter, Hildebrand added to the cushion with a 32-yard TD pass to Cedric Battle.
After the Demons pulled within 31-17, the Bears enhanced their cushion when Blackman scored from 2 yards out, then on a 19-yard run to cap a 74-yard, 11-play drive.
Matt Cummins had a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter.
The Bears, who began the evening sixth-ranked in FCS, return home Saturday to face McNeese State in the Red Beans & Rice Bowl.