Mercer beats Bulldogs in triple overtime, Otiwu sets school record

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Mercer beats Bulldogs in triple overtime, Otiwu sets school record

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The Mercer Bears continued their winning streak at Five Star Stadium against the Samford Bulldogs. They won by a field goal in triple-overtime with a final score of 36 to 33.

The Bulldogs led the first quarter with the Bears only managing to score a field goal. Mercer came back to tie 10-10 by halftime. 

After half time, the Bears came back with a new surge of energy and determination to push them through the game.

The two teams stayed neck and neck up into the fourth quarter. Redshirt freshman Caleb Dowen missed a 35-yard field goal during the fourth, which sent the game into overtime.

In overtime, both teams scored a touchdown with small yardage and a field goal. In a nail-biting turn of events, Dowen again had to get a field goal to win the game. He made the 38-yard field goal, pushing the Bears to victory. 

This is the second year in a row that Mercer has beaten Samford and the second home win of the season. This win couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Bears lost to the Citadel the week prior.

Redshirt junior and linebacker Sidney Otiwu set a school record for the most tackles in a single game and continues to lead the Bears this season defensively.

Wide receiver David Durdan played his second game back after sustaining an injury early in the season. He had 63 receiving yards on three catches, according to Mercer Athletics. 

The Bears are set to face the Wofford on Nov. 9 for the last home game of the season.

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