BEAUMONT — The UIW Cardinals rode a strong game from freshman quarterback Cam Ward and used an offensively charged second half to defeat the Lamar Cardinal 42-20 on Saturday afternoon.

The win is the second straight for UIW, who defeated McNeese a week ago to open their rare Spring Season. Senior Kevin Brown ran for a career-high 196 yards as the Cardinals racked up 626 yards of total offense.

Lamar opened the scoring when quarterback Jalen Dummett found Jeremy Davis for a 5-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. The Cardinals answered back when Brown got loose down the field for a 66-yard touchdown, making it a 7-7 game.


UIW took a 14-7 lead late in the opening quarter when Ward hit Brown in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown. Lamar answered back on a Chaz Ward two-yard run and a field goal to take the 17-14 in the second quarter.

The Cardinals took back the lead going into the locker room thanks to a Ward touchdown pass to Darion Chafin, giving the visitors the 21-17 lead at break.

UIW blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring Lamar 14-3 in the period and 21-3 in the second half overall.

On UIW’s first possession of the second half, Ward led the Cardinals down the field and capped off an 84-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown, giving them the 24-17. Lamar added a field goal but UIW scored again before the end of the third quarter, giving the Cardinals the 35-20 lead going into the final 15 minutes.

The Cardinals put the game out of reach with Ward’s touchdown pass to a wide open Jaelin Campbell in the end zone, closing the scoring at 42-20.

For the game, Ward finished by completing 29 of his 42 passes for 341 yards with four touchdowns, while adding a score on the ground. UIW’s running game outpaced Lamar’s 285-196.

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The UIW Cardinals are now 2-0 (2-0, SLC) on the season and will return to the field next Saturday when they return to Benson Stadium for the first time this season to play Southeastern Louisiana.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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