Northwestern Alumni Association to host Boot Hill Bowl Reunion

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Northwestern Alumni Association to host Boot Hill Bowl Reunion

August 28, 2012

 Boot Hill Bowl
The 1971 Northwestern Ranger football team earned the school’s first post-season bowl game invitation and played on a snow covered field at the Boot Hill Bowl in Dodge City, Kan.

Northwestern Alumni Association Release

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association is welcoming back members of the Boot Hill Bowl team for a weekend reunion and recognition during the Rangers’ football home opener Saturday, Sept. 8.

The 1971 Ranger football team won more games than any previous team fielded by Northwestern and earned the school’s first post-season bowl game invitation to the Boot Hill Bowl.

The weekend’s activities kickoff with the Third Annual Ranger Kick-off BBQ Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. The event, supporting the Ranger football program, is sponsored by Stan and Mary Stack and hosted by Greg Baker.

Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, contact Alan Hall, head football coach, at 580-327-8488.

Saturday, the 1971 teammates will get a behind-the-scenes look into Ranger athletics more than 40 years later with a tour of Ranger Field facilities at 1 p.m. Members of the Boot Hill Bowl team will also take part in the pre-game meal with the team before the current Rangers take on Colorado State-Pueblo at 7 p.m. The 1971 team will be recognized at halftime.

The team finished the 1971 season 7-3 overall and 5-3 in conference play, tying for fourth place in the Oklahoma Collegiate Conference. On Dec. 4, 1971, the Rangers traveled to the Boot Hill Bowl in Dodge City, Kan., where they met opponent Dakota State College of Madison, S.D. On a snow covered field, Northwestern led through most of the game, but in the end, the Rangers were not victorious, losing 23-20.

Ranger Maurice Hill was chosen the outstanding defensive player of the game, and members of the team earned a number of individual honors for their efforts during the season. Standout defensive tackle Herschell Mosier was named NAIA All-American first team and Oklahoma Collegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

He also set a school record by kicking 12 consecutive extra points.

A new single-season rushing record was set by freshman Ron Lee, who amassed 1,079 yards in 10 games. Hill, linebacker, and Darrell Smith, offensive tackle, were named first team all-conference. Lee, fullback, Johnny Will, end, Max Kissell, halfback, and Gordon Gottsponer, guard, were second team all-conference selections.

For more information on the Boot Hill Bowl Reunion or to register, please call Lizabeth Richey, director of alumni relations, at 580-327-8594 or email her at