Vermillion, S.D. (9-18-11) – Big plays plays in the first quarter was too much for the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Rangers as they struggled to fight back, falling to NCAA FCS No. 23 South Dakota Coyotes, 48-10.
The loss drops the Rangers to 0-3 on the season. It is the first time the Rangers have started the season winless in the first three games since the 1982 season.
The Coyotes jumped out to a quick 28-0 lead after the first 15 minutes, with plays of 62-yards, 45-yards, 38-yards and a scoring play from 10-yards out.
Northwestern settled down in the second quarter, moving the ball and controlling the time of possession. However, a fumble in the early minutes and a missed field goal kept the Rangers from putting points on the board.
A Coyote field goal in the second gave the home squad a 31-0 lead heading into the break.
The Coyotes broke the game open for good in the third, converting on each of their three possessions to extend their lead to 48-0. However, as the quarter was coming to an end, the Rangers began to get some momentum.
With 2:55 remaining in the third, the Rangers began their first scoring drive of the afternoon with Kyle Jech connecting with Keith Barefield Jr. for a 21-yard completion. Jech continued to move the ball, this with his feet, picking up 26-yards on the ground.
Following an interception that set up the last touchdown for the Coyotes, Jech came right back out to close the third with four straight completions. Unfortunately for the Rangers, the drive stalled at the Coyote 18-yard line.
Edgar Colmenares made up for an earlier missed field goal, booting one from 34-yards out to put the Rangers on the board.
The Rangers added the final touchdown of the afternoon late in the final quarter. Jech found Kent McDonald on a 24-yard completion for a touchdown with 1:57 remaining.
Augie McCulley made his presents known on the final 9-play, 80-yard drive, accounting for 51-yards of the charge. McCulley finished the game as the leading rusher for the Rangers with 53 yards on six attempts.
McDonald continues to add to his separation as the Rangers leading receiver, grabbing seven passes for 90 yards and the touchdown from Jech. Jech closed the game 21-of-32 for 207 yards and one interception.
Javarri Liggins picked up seven unassisted tackles for the Rangers to lead the team in the game, while Peter Brooks added the Rangers only sack.
The Rangers are on the road for the third straight contest on Sept. 24 at conference foe Texas College, looking to snap a four game losing streak dating back to last season. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in Tyler, Texas.
Sun, September 18, 2011
by Eric Scott