Denodus O’Bryant played a major role in helping Lindenwood University to one of its biggest football victories in school history.
O’Bryant, a Washington High School graduate, scored three touchdowns, all of 80 yards or more, in the Lions’ 44-33 MIAA victory Saturday at Pittsburg State, the defending NCAA Division II national champions.
For his efforts, O’Bryant was named the MIAA offensive player of the week.
On the game’s first offensive play, O’Bryant had an 80-yard touchdown reception. He then put Lindenwood ahead 14-0 with an 80-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
On the possession after Pittsburg State cut Lindenwood’s lead to 24-19, O’Bryant caught an 87-yard touchdown pass as the Lions converted on a third and long, sparking a 17-0 run that would seal the victory.
For the game, O’Bryant rushed for 147 yards on 14 attempts and one touchdown. He had two catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
O’Bryant, a senior running back, surpassed 3,000 yards rushing in his career and 1,000 yards rushing for the season.
Lindenwood (7-3, 6-3) visits Truman State Saturday at 1 p.m.