After a scoreless first quarter and only a 13-0 halftime lead, Southeastern Oklahoma State University rallied for 16 second half points to defeat Northwestern, 29-9, at Paul Laird Field in Durant on Saturday. The loss evens the Rangers record at 2-2 for the season.
The first score wasn’t until 25 minutes into the game, when Southeastern returned a punt 76 yards for a 6-0 lead, after a blocked kick. Two and a half minutes later, SEOSU again punched the ball in, on a two-play, 53-yard drive that ended in a 49 yard touchdown run.
The Savage Storm extended its 13-0 halftime lead with a 36-yard field goal at the 9:16 mark in the third quarter.
Northwestern got on the scoreboard as they countered with their longest drive of the game, a 12-play, 80-yard haul, resulting in a 17 yard pass reception by Mike Hill from Kyle Jech.
With the Rangers down 16-6, Northwestern edged closer on a 26-yard field goal by A.J. Gibson midway through the fourth quarter, putting the Rangers down by seven.
Southeastern closed the game out with a touchdown after the ensuing kickoff and scored its final touchdown after Northwestern turned over the ball on downs late in the fourth quarter.
Both teams totaled 384 yards, Northwestern with 282 in the air and 102 on the ground and Southeastern totaled 214 passing and 170 rushing.
Nate Guillory picked up 121 yards on 22 rushes, while Hill scored the only Ranger touchdown and hauled in eight catches for 106 yards. Korey Williams also had eight catches and picked up 60 yards, while Keith Barefield Jr. recorded 55 yards on six catches. Jech completed 31-of-58 passes for 282 yards and a score.
Alton Wallace and Nate Barbee led the defensive unit with six tackles each. Lantz Mathers had two fumble recoveries and a pass break up, while Justin Fulmer had a forced fumble and blocked punt.
The Rangers will remain idle this weekend before taking on Langston University in a CSFL Conference match-up on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. at Ranger Field.
Mon, September 28, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt