For the third time in the past three years, the Oklahoma Thunder knocks off a team from Tennessee to win another Gridiron Bowl Championship in the Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL).
The Oklahoma Thunder dominated the game early to defeat the Middle Tennessee Bulldawgs 38-15 in Gridiron Bowl IX in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Thunder had previously defeated the Nashville Storm in 2016 and Chattanooga Eagles in last season’s Gridiron Bowl.
A dominating performance by the Thunder offense broke the game open in the 2nd quarter, outscoring Middle Tennessee 25-6 in a 10-minute span. Thunder QB Brandon Noohi threw touchdown passes of 24 and 29 yards and WR DJ Dempsey added a 13-yard TD run to lead the scoring. Noohi went finish with 229 yards passing and four touchdowns.
The Thunder defense held the explosive Bulldawgs’ offense to 202 yards. Oklahoma’s BJ Hodshire was critical to the run defense, forcing three fumbles while holding Middle Tennessee to only 19 rushing yards on 20 attempts. DT Calvin Barnett also had two sacks, and S DJ Wolfe also added a key interception. The 15 points scored by Middle Tennessee were the only offensive points surrendered by the defense throughout the postseason.
With the victory, the Thunder organization now claims 7 national and world championships in its 10-year existence. It’s three consecutive national titles are the most ever by a GDFL team.