ALVA, Okla. (10-22-11) – Despite great effort the Northwestern Oklahoma State University offense, the Rangers bid for a comeback victory came up short as the home team fell to rival Langston on Saturday, 42-39.
In a game that had already featured blocked field goals, extra points, fumbles and interceptions, it was an onside kick that almost became the story of game.
The Rangers found themselves looking at a deep deficit with 2:36 to go in the contest, trailing the nationally ranked Lions, 42-35, following a Langston touchdown.
However, the resilient Rangers quickly answered with a touchdown of their own, driving 55 yards on five plays. The drive was capped off by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Jech to Kent McDonald to cut the lead to ten following the extra point.
On the extra point, a penalty occurred against the Rangers, which was assessed on the kick off.
Looking up at the Lions, the Rangers hands team came on the field for the onside attempt. Northwestern specialist Edgar Comenares executed a perfect onside kick in which Javarri Liggins recovered at the Ranger 29-yard line.
Jech and company took advantage of the free possession, taking the ball 71 yards in just 1:14. The quarterback added another touchdown with 19-seconds remaining when he found Jared Jackson out of the back field.
Jech finished the game with one of his best performance this season, completing 26 throws to Ranger receivers for 247 yards and four touchdowns, all of which are season highs. He also added seven yards on the ground.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, the final onside attempt of the game was unsuccessful, and the Lions lined up in the victory formation to close out the battle.
The running tandem of Jackson and Jermil Martin helped the Rangers to 247 yards on the ground. Despite the final score, the Rangers offense came through on the field by outperforming the Lions by way of total yards, 525 to 429.
Other than his touchdown passes to McDonald and Jackson, Jech found Andrew King from 5-yards out to close out the opening possession of the game, and hooked up with Justin Schanbacher as the first half came to a close.
Northwestern (3-5, 2-2) looks to rebound in their final home game of the season next Saturday against Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas). A later than normal kick, the contest is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at Ranger Field.
Sat, October 22, 2011
by Eric Scott