The Lindenwood University Lions suffered a season-opening loss Saturday, Aug. 26 in Ellinwood, Kan., dropping a 31-14 decision to Concordia University in the sixth annual Wheat Bowl Classic.
Concordia scored touchdowns in the second a third quarters, and the Lions' mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Mike Hofbauer tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ryan McLain, and Lindenwood drove twice more inside Concordia's 20-yard line, but failed to score.
"I would have liked to have been more efficient offensively," said Coach Dan Kratzer. "We missed key opportunities in the red zone late in the game."
The Lions now put the Concordia loss behind them and prepare for their home opener Saturday against Olivet Nazarene.
"It was important to get off to a good start, but there is a lot more football to be played," Kratzer said. "We won't be folding the tents by any means."
Kratzer pointed out that Missouri Valley College opened the 1999 season with a loss in the Wheat Bowl and went on to win the Heart of America Conference title.