LANGSTON, Okla. – The NAIA’s No. 8 ranked team, Northwestern Oklahoma State, was upset 28-14 in its conference opener against No. 16 Langston (6-2, 2-0), spoiling the Rangers’ five-game winning streak. A team that has only fallen twice this season to NCAA teams, Langston jumped out to an early 21-0 lead that Northwestern couldn’t catch up to.
Langston scored on each of its first two drives, after an extra point attempt was blocked, taking a 13-0 advantage with a second left in the first quarter.
After a scoreless second quarter, the game remained 13-0 into the half.
The Lions came out and scored in the first 30 seconds after intermission, using a two-play 80 yard drive that ended in a 66-yard pass reception, giving LU the 21-0 lead.
Northwestern answered with Billy Barefield finding Kent McDonald for a 26-yard reception to get on the scoreboard. On the Rangers next drive, Colt Oller capped off a four-play 90-yard drive with a one yard run to pull the Rangers within a touchdown, down 21-14.
Langston extended its one touchdown lead to two, after a Ranger interception on the six-yard line led to the Lions final touchdown.
In the Rangers last two drives, they were forced to punt and then turned the ball over on downs with 2:32 left to end the game.
Northwestern’s running game was shut down, while Langston held the Rangers to just 55 yards, including the Lions 13.5 tackles for loss of 64 yards. Demorris Kilow led the way with 83 yards, while Jared Jackson had 10. Barefield threw for 234 yards in the air and was 21-of-34. Kent McDonald led the receivers with 108 yards on 10 catches. Cotton Green picked up 59 yards on four receptions and Kilow had two receptions for 36 total yards. The Rangers tallied 234 yards of their 289 total yards via the pass.
The Rangers allowed 444 yards as Langston rushed for 198 and passed for 246. Rocky Lee and Lantz Mathers combined for 25 tackles, with Lee leading the way with 15 and Mathers wrapping up 10. Lee had five solo stops with two tackles for a loss and Mathers had 4.5 tackles, including a sack, for 20 lost yards.
The Rangers (5-2, 0-1) will play their second CSFL game on Northwestern’s homecoming at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 against Southern Nazarene (3-5, 1-1).
Posted on Sun, October 26, 2008
by Ryan Hintergardt