Neal throws 6 TD passes; UT Martin beats NAIA's Bethel 72-10

MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) Jarod Neal threw six touchdown passes, three to Caylon Weathers, and UT Martin beat NAIA's Bethel University of Tennessee 72-10 on Thursday night.

Neal was 18 of 27 for 249 yards. He threw five scoring passes in the first half, connecting with Weathers for 11, 13 and 33 yards.

UT Martin's game-opening 14-play drive ended in Neal's short touchdown pass to Rod Wright. Bethel got on the board in the first quarter with a field goal, but UT Martin scored 58 straight points. Neal lobbed a pass to Taylor Higgason down the right sideline for a 37-yard touchdown in the second quarter and found Malcolm Faciane at the start of the third for a short TD.

Jaimiee Bowe, Najee Ray and Preston Baker each had a rushing touchdown in the second half for UT Martin (2-0).

Alexza Nesbitt had a 54-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter for Bethel (0-1). The Wildcats had just 204 total yards.


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