FLORENCE – Lee Chapple threw four touchdown passes to lead the University of North Alabama to a 48-21 win over Glenville State at Braly Stadium. The win improves UNA's record to 2-0 while the Pioneers fall to 0-2. It was UNA's 15th straight regular-season non-conference win at home dating back to 1999.
The game was tied at 7-7 in the second quarter but UNA gained a 21-7 advantage by the half. The Lions extended their lead to 34-7 before swapping scores with Glenville State over the kast quarter and a half.
Chapple was 28 of 39 for 317 yards and four scores. Back-up Chris Alexander was five for eight for 57 yards and a score as UNA rolled up 440 yards of total offense. Glenville State finished with 395 total yards, rushing for 174 and throwing for 221.
Glenville State appeared to be headed for a score on its initial possession but UNA's Tommie Westbrook picked off a pass at the Lions' two yard line to stop the threat. Later in the quarter the Lions put the first points on the board with an 11-play, 64-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard TD pass from Lee Chapple to Cameron Wade. The drive took 3:31 and the score came with just 55 seconds left in the opening period. Nathen O'Jibway's extra point gave UNA a 7-0 lead.
Glenville State answered with a scoring drive of its own as the Pioneers marched 80 yards in six plays for a touchdown on the ensuing possession. Joe Mesadieu scored on a one-yard run and Eddie McKay added the PAT to tie the game at 13:38 of the second quarter.
UNA's next score came on a one-yard Chris Coffey dive with 6:16 left in the half. The score capped a seven-play, 56-yard drive. O'Jibway's kick made it 14-7.
The Lions added another late score before the half on a 26-yard TD pass from Chapple to Tristan Purifoy. The score ended an eight-play 65-yard drive and O'Jibway's kick made it 21-7 with 45 seconds left in the half.
Antwan Ivey scored on an eight-yard pass reception from Chapple at 12:02 of the third quarter. O'Jibway's kick made it 28-7. With 9:30 left in the third, Janoris Jenkins returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown to make it 34-7 as O'Jinway's kick was wide. It was UNA's first punt return for a touchdown since the opening game of 2009.
Glenville State got back on the scoreboard at 2:23 of the third quarter as Mario Wright pulled in a 19-yard TD pass from Steffen Colon. Eddie McKay's kick made it 34-14.
Chapple threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game with 13:33 left as Mo Milliam pulled in a 12-yarder. Josh Montgomery's PAT made it 41-14.
Glenville State's Kareem Alexander scored on a three-yard run with 8:03 left in the game to cut UNA's lead to 41-21 but the Lions had one final score left in them. Alexander tossed a 14-yard scoring strike to Ivey at the 5:13 mark to make the final count 48-21.
UNA, ranked fifth nationally in the NCAA Division II, faces third ranked Abilene Christian next Saturday (Sept. 17) at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.