Jackson Townsend’s interception return for a touchdown sparked the Austin College Kangaroos to a fast start Saturday on the way to a 34-12 victory over Wayland Baptist at Apple Stadium.


Jackson, a defensive back who finished with six tackles, two interceptions and a pass breakup, raced 82 yards to score less than 2½ minutes into the game and the Kangaroos (2-0) built a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter in their home opener.


Austin College quarterback Colt Collins passed for 161 yards and two scores, Tom Clancy rand for a TD and Cesar Ruiz added field goals of 34 and 37 yards for the ‘Roos.


Austin College finished with 388 total yards. Collins completed 9 of 21 passes and rushed for a team-high 80 yards on 13 carries.


Kyle Murcerino caught five passes for 102 yards, including an 8-yard TD early in the second quarter.


Clancy scored on a 15-yard run and Brennan Ellis pulled in a 30-yard TD pass as AC went up 21-0 with 6:53 to go in the first quarter.


Defensively, AC held the Pioneers (0-2) to 363 yards and forced three turnovers. Defensive back T.J. Melontree led the ‘Roos with 10 tackles with linebacker Morris Shell making eight stops.


The Pioneers’ lone touchdown came in the second quarter on a 49-yard pass from Mitchell Parsley to DeSean Johnson. Daniel Martinez added field goals of 38 and 41 yards in the second half.


Parsley was 18 of 32 passing for 269 yards. Johnson had six receptions for 74 yards.