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The Rangers couldn’t grab a lead against NCAA Division II Missouri University of Science and Technology, as Northwestern fell 31-28 on Saturday in Rolla, Missouri. With the loss, the Rangers sit at 3-3 on the season.


Missouri S&T, who entered into the game winless, scored on its first drive following a Northwestern interception to take a 7-0 advantage.


Northwestern’s Nate Guillory topped a three-play 65-yard drive with a 46 yard run to knot the score at 7-7.


With just 22 seconds before the half, Missouri S&T’s Kevin Dillon completed a 15-yard pass to Jason Schlueter to hold a 14-7 lead into the break.


After the Rangers kicked off to begin the third quarter, Dillon hit Schlueter again for another 15-yard touchdown reception and the Miners extended their lead to 21-7.


Northwestern combated with two touchdowns in the third quarter to tie the game at 21-21. Kyle Jech scored on a one-yard keeper and Nate Guillory crossed the goal line with his second touchdown of the game on a seven-yard run.


Dillon hit Schlueter for a third time and added a field goal with 2:26 to go in the game, as the Miners held a 31-21 lead.


The Rangers scored their final touchdown with 45 seconds left to pull within three points when Kent McDonald hauled in a seven-yard pass. The Miners stopped a possible late Northwestern rally, recovering the Rangers’ on-side kick.


Yardage was similar for both teams, with Northwestern gaining 176 yards rushing and 263 passing for a total of 439 yards. Missouri S&T racked up 456 yards, including 344 passing yards.


Jech completed 22-of-33 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown, while Nate Guillory led the rushers with 132 yards on 32 carries and scored twice. Korey Williams caught 10 passes for 140 yards and McDonald had six receptions for 81 yards.


Jerrad Ware came up with 12 total tackles and had three tackles for loss. Rocky Lee followed with 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and half and a pass break up.


The Rangers will host Bacone College on Saturday in a 3 p.m. homecoming game at Ranger Field.